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Aroma or Flavor: Which Is More Important?

One of the questions I’m often asked when presenting wine education courses has to do with the ritual of swirling wine in the glass. The question asked is: Why? The answer to that question is fairly simple, but it leads

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The Wines to Have on Hand for the Holidays

I can’t honestly say that the weather outside is frightful — not from my place of residence in sunny California, anyway. But I can say there’s no doubt the holiday season is in full swing. Intersections around shopping malls are

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It’s Almost Time to Celebrate National Merlot Day

Anyone who really gets into wine has an “ah-ha!” moment — otherwise known as an epiphany wine. It’s the first time you take a sip from a wine glass and think, “Wow, this is really good. I’m going to have

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Our Love Affair With Pinot Noir: It’s All About Flavor

Critics who praise the “complexity” of red Burgundy and Champagne are absolutely, 100-percent on target. A few years ago, a team of French and Italian researchers mapped the genome of the Pinot Noir grape, used to make bubbly and many

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The Perfect Place for Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is one of those wine varieties that’s easy to love, although there can be a wide quality divide between those sold at the supermarket and those found in the Crisp, Refreshing Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio Collection from

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Italy’s Most Beloved White Wines

Okay, let’s play “fill in the blank.” Ready? Here goes… Real Italians ________________________________________. I know quite a few “real Italians,” so I have a bevy of potential “blank fillers.” But this is a wine blog, so I’m thinking specifically of

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7 Reasons Why Australia’s Wines Are Must-Tries Right Now

I could list about 59 reasons why now is a great time to discover the outstanding wines of Australia. Really… I could. But your time is limited and my fingers are already tired from a long day of typing, so

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Don’t Let Summer Slip By Without Sangria

I first touched sangria to my lips on my 21st birthday. It was a weekend brunch at a Mexican restaurant, and about all I can remember about the drink is that it was red and served on ice. I did

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10 Reasons It’s Good to Always Have a Bottle of Sparkling Wine on Hand

It doesn’t need to be New Year’s Eve and you don’t need to be attending a wedding to pop the cork on a bottle of sparkling wine. Around our house, we always have a few bottles of French Champagne on

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It’s Okay to Blush: The Enduring Appeal of Rosé Wines

Do you have a guilty pleasure? I have a few, and one of them is rosé wine. Truly, I shouldn’t feel guilty about it at all, because a nice glass (or two) of rosé on a warm spring or hot

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