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Red Wine… White Wine… Orange Wine… Blue Wine…

When it comes to wine, I’m a bit of a traditionalist. I like mine to be red, purple, golden or salmon in hue. That pretty much covers most good red wines, white wines, sparkling wines and rosé wines. So what’s

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Vegan Wine!

There are so many different kinds of wine today — and we’re not talking just about the array of varieties and blends from the various microclimates and wine regions of the world’s many winemaking countries. Among other “styles” of wine,

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It’s 4 Days Until National Chardonnay Day; Are You Ready?

I had been drinking a lot of red wine over the winter, which seems to be a recurring theme with me. But when the first really warm day of 2018 arrived a couple of weeks ago, I instinctively reached for

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Tomorrow Is National Moscato Day — Let’s Celebrate!

And you thought tomorrow was just another Wednesday. Not so. Tomorrow is National Moscato Day. If you intend to raise a glass of this fun, delicious, delightfully sweet wine to celebrate, you’ll need a few fascinating facts to work into

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It’s Sauvignon Blanc Day — Pour It!

Chances are pretty good that since you are reading this blog, you like Chardonnay. I’m guessing the same would hold true for Merlot. They may not be your favorite white or red wine, but you likely wouldn’t turn them down

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Hooray! International Malbec Day Is Today!

Twenty years ago, you rarely saw Malbec on a restaurant wine list, let alone on a supermarket wine shelf. Your best bet for encountering it would have been to visit a wine shop, but even then, it likely would have

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To Decant or Not To Decant? That Is the Question

When I was living in Chicago during the first 14 years of the new millennium, I had a chance to visit Charlie Trotter’s just once before the famous restaurant was shut down by its infamous namesake owner. One reason I

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The Science of Wine Tasting

There is a great deal of science that goes into the making of wine. Of course, it begins in the vineyard with the choice of rootstocks, grafting, training and trellising, canopy management, pruning methods, growth regulators, frost protection and so

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Wine Perception: The Differences Between Flavor and Taste

As a writer, one thing you learn, above all else, is that words matter. Early in my career, I turned in a story that included the sentence, “Over 1,500 people were in attendance.” The editor circled the word “over” and

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Help! Which Wines Do I Serve at What Temperatures?

Have you ever been standing in line at Starbucks (or your preferred coffee house) and heard someone order their latte at 180 degrees? They’re not showing off. There’s actually a good reason for it. Most hot coffee drinks are prepared

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