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The Perfect Reds and Dazzling Whites of the Pacific Northwest

Whether you get your national weather report each morning from ABC, CBS, ABC, The Weather Channel or some other source, you’re probably never surprised when you hear that it’s going to be stormy in Portland and Seattle. But not all

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

The Best Wine Pairings for St. Patrick’s Day Fare

Technically and traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day pays homage to one of Ireland’s patron saints, St. Patrick. In practice in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is embraced by far more people than just those of Irish heritage, and provides a

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Wine Showdown: Australia vs. New Zealand

Head-to-head encounters in cricket, rugby, hockey and netball have been known to evoke heated exchanges between Aussies and Kiwis. The sports fans of Australia and New Zealand love their teams, and aren’t about to back down from some friendly banter

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How to Be a Romance Hero With a ‘Pretty’ Meal and Wine

Pinot Noir is the wine of romance, and in case you you’ve been watching too much football lately, I should remind you that there’s a very romantic “holiday” coming up next Tuesday. Pinot Noir often is described by any number

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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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Posted in Editor's Journal

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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Posted in Wine Buzz

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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