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The Perfect Reds and Dazzling Whites of the Pacific Northwest

Whether you get your national weather report each morning from ABC, CBS, ABC, The Weather Channel or some other source, you’re probably never surprised when you hear that it’s going to be stormy in Portland and Seattle. But not all

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

The Wonderfully Diverse Wines of Chile

Talk about diversity. Chile is home to the driest place on Earth (the Atacama Desert), and some of the tallest peaks in the world (within the Andes mountain range). That geographic diversity creates climatic diversity, and that translates to numerous

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Drink These 3 Wines All Winter — You’ll Kick Yourself If You Don’t

In case you hadn’t heard, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day. As we know, that means we’re in for more winter. Six more weeks, as of February 2. In my mind, I imagine a legendary cartoon character, Bugs

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Wine-Related Desserts That Are Sure to Impress

You know how they say that the first time is always the best? The first time I ever tried to make a Valentine’s Day dessert, I searched the family cookbooks (this was before every recipe ever concocted could be found

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Everything You Need to Know About France’s Wine Regions

For centuries, France has set the benchmarks for virtually every type of wine you could imagine, developed through a generations-long focus on the concept of terroir. In a nutshell, “terroir” is about matching the right variety to the right type

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History’s Great Orators Speak Out on Wine

Today we pay tribute to the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose voice was quieted by an assassin’s bullet not quite 49 years ago. Dr. King was known for oratory skills, and no list

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Posted in Editor's Journal

How to Shop for Someone With a Picky Palate

It may be your spouse, a sibling, a parent, a best friend or a co-worker. It’s that person for whom buying a bottle of wine is a daunting task because they have a picky palate. I have encountered this conundrum

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Cask 23: A Wine That Makes a Statement

When someone or something achieves iconic status, it doesn’t get much more prestigious. When I think of sports icons, Mickey Mantle comes to mind in baseball, Michael Jordan in basketball, Joe Montana in football, and Pele in that “other football”

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Finding Peace During and After Election Night

It’s finally here. Tomorrow, the most contentious Presidential election of our lifetimes finally — mercifully, some would assert — will come to an end. One might say that Thanksgiving is coming 16 days early this year. Whichever side you’re on,

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Part 3: Wine and Music Pairing

As we discussed in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s blogs, I definitely feel that the “right” music can enhance the wine-drinking experience. In those blogs, I shared my favorite types of music for six types of wine: Cabernet Sauvignon — Classical Merlot

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