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Prepare Your Own ‘State Dinner’ for Presidents’ Day

President Barack Obama hosted his first state dinner in March of 2010. Guest Chef Marcus Samuelsson joined White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford in creating an Indian-inspired menu that featured wine with each course. More on that in a moment.

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Make Your Holiday Dinners Outstanding with Perfect Wine Pairings

In case you missed it, Sunday was National Cookie Day, and with Christmas quickly approaching, it won’t be long until we receive our annual gingerbread cookie shipment from my big brother. It truly is the most wonderful time of the

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My Favorite Wine Can Be Described in 3 Letters: GSM

I have liked many wines in my time. These are wines that I uncork regularly to enjoy with a meal or to share with friends over a deep (or not-so-deep) conversation. There also are wines that I like A LOT

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Wines to Open With the Thanksgiving Feast

No matter what some wine pundits may say, there is no one “perfect” variety of wine to accompany the Thanksgiving holiday feast. So, what to do? Here are two basic strategies: Pour your favorite vino — regardless of its color

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A Wine Pairing ‘Cheat Sheet’ for Pork

The recognized world record for consumption of bacon is 182 strips, eaten in five minutes by Matt Stonie. It’s doubtful Mr. Stonie had time to drink any wine while he was setting that record. But had the opportunity been available,

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Grenache: The Perfect Wine ‘Committee Member’

Have you ever served on a committee, perhaps at your place of employment or for a charitable endeavor? Were you ever tempted to quit the committee because somebody on it, while they exhibited creative thinking and had good ideas, was

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Posted in Wine in the Glass

Grilling… and Wine Pairing… Secrets Revealed

As I noted in a blog post a few years ago, pretty much everything I know about barbecue comes from Steven Raichlen, who has written several books on the subject. Raichlen’s books… and over-cooking quite a few chunks of meat

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Wine Friendly Lamb Ribs… Made Spanish Style

This tasty dish from Spain can be enjoyed with either red or white wine. Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache) makes a good choice among reds, while Albariño is an ideal companion among whites. Other tasty options include Syrah, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo.

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Eat Your Veggies! And Don’t Forget the Wine!

Fresh vegetables are among the best gifts of spring and summer, but those gifts can wreak havoc when it comes to wine pairing. Here are a few ideas to help you navigate those challenges. (And, yes, we know that not

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Joseph Phelps: A Fond Farewell to a Napa Valley Legend

I never met Joseph Phelps, but I felt like I knew him. Phelps died on April 15. He was 87. Like Robert Mondavi and a handful of others, Phelps was a pioneer in the Napa Valley. Like Mondavi and his

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