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The Perfect Salad for the Perfect ‘Salad Wine’

It was my turn to fix dinner the other night, but with sweltering temperatures extending into the evening, I did not feel like cooking. Instead, I put a bottle of 2014 Martin Ranch “J.D. Hurley” Sauvignon Blanc in the refrigerator,

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The Most Interesting Woman in the World?

Now that Dos Equis has launched “The Most Interesting Man in the World” into space on a one-way trip to Mars, there is a great void in the world of charismatic, captivating and fascinating people. Kimmie Noel to the rescue.

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Ten (Plus One) Food Pairing Partners for Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is among the more versatile of all wines when it comes to pairing with food. Certainly among white wines, it ranks right up there with Riesling in food affinity. When putting together the latest collection, the members of

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A Dish That Pairs With White Wine and Red Wine

“Red Wine With Fish” was a best-selling book that helped erase the myth that one should serve only a white wine when the main course was a fish dish. The pairing spotlighted in the book was salmon and Pinot Noir.

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The Pork Possibilities With Pinot Noir

Several months ago, my 10-year-old granddaughter announced to the family that she “loved piggies” and would no longer be eating her favorite grab-and-go breakfast: Jimmy Dean sausage-and-egg sandwiches. She did not reveal how or why she had come to this

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A St. Patrick’s Day Wine Cheat Sheet

Good advice never gets old. And based on the emails I received following my St. Patrick’s Day blog of 2010, the advice contained therein turned out to be pretty good for wine lovers. So, in the spirit of not trying

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Easier to Sneeze Than Pronounce

Imagine if you were able to create a wine in a test tube. What characteristics would it have? Hmm… Let’s start with an aroma that’s engagingly floral, perhaps with a hint of sweet spice and a note that would differentiate

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4 Wine Resolutions for the New Year

We are one week and two days into 2015. How are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions? If you’re like me, a few may already have gone by the wayside. But my wine-related resolutions are still in play… and

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Wine and Cheese Pairing Ideas

Entire books have been written about serving wine and cheese together. Go to Amazon.com, type in “wine and cheese,” and select “books,” and you’ll see what I mean. With so many different types of wine and so many different types

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A Chardonnay-Friendly Soup to Kick Off the Big Meal

Looking to lend a special touch to your Thanksgiving meal this week? Consider kicking off the big feast with this hearty soup, which matches beautifully with rich, buttery Chardonnay — the same wine you may want to serve with the

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