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How to Pronounce Some Common Wine Words

Why can virtually everyone look at a word like Champagne and pronounce it correctly, yet have so much trouble with other words associated with wine? The answer is simple: Pretty much everyone has heard of, sipped and enjoyed Champagne, but

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Why We Just Can’t Get Enough of Argentina’s Wines

It has been barely a decade-and-a-half since wines from Argentina began to show up in the United States in quantities large enough to be noticed by anyone but collectors. Since then, they’ve become hugely popular thanks mainly to one variety:

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes, Wine Region Profiles

Malbec: Easy-Drinking, Spicy Pleasure in a Glass

Malbec had always played a supporting role in the great red blends of Bordeaux, but during the 20th century, its role had steadily diminished to the point that many French estates were no longer including it in their blends. Then,

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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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Australia’s Growing Love Affair With Malbec

People will fly thousands of miles and cross oceans to visit the winelands of Australia. I know. I made that trip several years ago, and my body clock is still recovering from it. But I’m not complaining. That was a

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3 Types of Wine to Serve With Braised Brisket

Hanukkah 2015 began at sunset on Sunday, and ends this coming Monday. Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights, and commemorates the victory of the ancient Israelites over the Syrian Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of restoring the menorah in

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William Knuttel: A Career of Outstanding Wines

“Wines of intensity and finesse.” That’s the slogan embraced by the William Knuttel winery, which somehow manages to meld those seemingly disparate qualities in its various wines. Veteran California vintner William Knuttel has concentrated on ultra-premium winemaking for the majority

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A Perfect Pairing Partner for Malbec

As Malbec has grown in popularity, more and more chefs are experimenting with dishes that incorporate that wine varietal in them. This recipe yields 2 to 4 servings, depending on your appetites. And it pairs beautifully with any of the

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The Sights, Sounds and Flavors of Yolo County

Known for its incredibly rich soil, warm days and mild Delta breezes, California’s Yolo County yields unforgettable wines of great character and diversity. There, you’ll find outstanding renditions of Syrah, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, but also lesser-grown

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3 Wine-Focused ‘Trips of a Lifetime’

If the long three-day weekend got you thinking about taking a longer vacation later in the year, we have a few ideas to share. In its May issue, National Geographic Traveler features a story called, “50 Tours of a Lifetime,”

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