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4 Tips for To-Die-For BBQ and Wine Pairings

Summertime… and the grilling is easy… Oops. Sorry. Sometimes I subconsciously meld Gershwin and barbecuing. But you’ll never have that problem if you follow these tips for pairing wine with barbecue fare… Take your time. Barbecued food attains the height

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2 Wine-and-Cheese Pairings to Try Before You Die

I never knew I liked blue cheese until I tried it soft and warm atop a thick, juicy steak. I never knew that what we in America think of as Swiss cheese really isn’t until I went to Switzerland. For

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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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A Simple Recipe for Lamb Chops to Take Your Merlot Off the Charts

It’s easy to fall in love with Merlot. First, it’s just plain pretty — a ruby-red hue that can’t be fully appreciated until it’s being swirled in a wine glass. Second, it’s among the most “mellow” of all red wines,

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Wine Is No Worry When You Ham It Up

Things were going so well. I wanted to take the burden of preparing the Thanksgiving meal off the shoulders of my beautiful bride, so I’d been plotting my strategy for weeks. Basically, I would purchase a pre-cooked turkey that merely

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Go Rogue With This Wine-Friendly Dessert

Yes, you could stop by the local pie shop or bakery and pick up a pumpkin pie to top off the big feast this Thursday. Yes, you could bake a pumpkin pie at home. Or, you could go rogue and

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Garlic Oysters With Pasta: Pair It With Sauvignon Blanc

Raw isn’t the only way to eat oysters, as the following recipe for Garlic Oysters With Pasta demonstrates. Serve this dish with any of the classic pairing partners for oysters, including Muscadet, blanc de blanc Champagne, or Sauvignon Blanc. You’ll

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Leg of Lamb With Black Olive Puree — Try It With Cabernet!

Cabernet Sauvignon can sometimes be challenging to pair with food, especially younger renditions with tannins that have not had time to subside. As the king of red wines, it seemingly demands attention, as if to say, “You will pay attention

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Pan-Seared Cod: Perfect With Pinot Grigio

One of the joys of exploring the wines of Italy is the opportunity to discover varieties you seldom (if ever) seen grown in the United States. In this Vinesse sampler, for instance, you’ll find two such varieties — Nero di

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Many Wines — White, Red, Blush and Sparkling — Are Garlic-Friendly

It has been said that garlic has so many health benefits, it should be eaten at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Studies have shown that garlic can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and help prevent blood clots. It contains allicin, an

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