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Wine Habits of the Presidents

We have a new President, one who does not drink alcohol. Never has. That makes him unusual among U.S. Commanders-in-Chief. Here’s a brief look at the wine habits and preferences of some of his predecessors… It’s fairly well known that

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4 Wine Resolutions Everyone Should Embrace

For many years, I made New Year’s Resolutions and rarely kept them beyond a few weeks. Then I went through a period of not making resolutions. In recent years, I’ve been making some again, and I’ve found that the ones

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4 Wine Reasons to Look Forward to 2017

I’ve been looking forward to 2017 for a lot of reasons, and at least four of them have to do with wine… 1. It should be a great year for Pinot Noir. As this outstanding Pinot Noir collection demonstrates, Pinot

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Pinot Noir: A Holiday Must-Have Wine

There are two reasons that Pinot Noir is my go-to wine at holiday time. The first is that it’s so versatile with food. Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with turkey and all the trimmings… with a beef roast… and thanks to

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Stress-Free Holiday Wine Shopping

A buddy of mine — in the fact, the man who officiated at our wedding last fall — has the shopping gene. He could spend all day at Costco, and then he could spend all evening regaling you with a

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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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Pairing Wine With Your Favorite Genre of Music

If you’ve been following this blog for more than a month, you know how much I love music — especially when it’s part of a great meal that includes some good wine. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes

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Embracing Columbus’s Sense of Adventure

When I was growing up (which, admittedly, was a long, long time ago), we were taught that Christopher Columbus discovered America. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Perhaps you had to memorize the same poem I did: “In fourteen

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Plan Now for 2017 International Pinot Noir Celebration

For 51 weekends each year, McMinnville is a quiet, mid-sized city that you’d miss entirely if you were driving the main route from southern Oregon to Portland. For many people, the primary reason for a detour to McMinnville is to

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How to Stock Your Home Wine Cellar (or Rack)

When you’re first “getting into” wine, learning about all the different varieties and growing regions and aging regimens and customs can be a daunting experience. At the very beginning of what, for many, becomes a life-long journey, all that most

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