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Know Your Cheeses — Why It Matters When It Comes to Wine

People have been serving wine and cheese together for generations. But are they getting the most out of the experience? We can probably all agree that not every cheese pairs well with every wine — just as you wouldn’t serve

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Does Your Taste in Coffee Dictate Your Taste in Wine?

Not to brag, but I believe I am uniquely qualified to tackle this particular topic. I often start my work day at our neighborhood Starbucks coffee shop, where I typically order the featured dark roast with just a little bit

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Oysters and Wine Pairing: The Ultimate Revenge

It’s amazing I’ve maintained my sanity given all the culinary mixed messages I’ve endured during my lifetime. When I was a kid, I remember vividly that my Mom was not a fan of slurping. “Stop slurping!” she’d command if I’d

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Time to Celebrate National Wine Day — It’s Tomorrow!

For those who work Monday through Friday, I have good news: National Wine Day falls on a Friday — tomorrow, to be specific. So unless you have someplace to be early Saturday morning, you can stay up a little later

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It’s Sauvignon Blanc Day — Pour It!

Chances are pretty good that since you are reading this blog, you like Chardonnay. I’m guessing the same would hold true for Merlot. They may not be your favorite white or red wine, but you likely wouldn’t turn them down

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10 Reasons to Pair Wine With Garlic

Ten years ago this month, we featured a recipe that is sure to appeal to anyone who loves garlic. Back then, I simply enjoyed the flavor of garlic and how it elevated so many types of food that I love

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Your Common Wine Questions Answered

Wine can seem like a complicated thing, from different varieties and flavors to regions to glassware to tannins (and you may even be asking, ‘What are tannins?!’ We’ll get to that another day.), the list goes on and on. Here’s the

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Wine Glasses: The Shape of Things to Come

Let’s see if I can remember what I learned at a seminar conducted by wine glassmaker Riedel several years ago at the Kendall-Jackson tasting room in Sonoma County… First and foremost, there are four “sensations” in wine: Bouquet — the

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2 Secrets to an Unforgettable White Wine Sauce

I had one of the greatest meals of my life last week while visiting relatives at a fishing lodge on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Before dinner, Chef Pat put out a delicious halibut ceviche, accompanied by tortilla strips. As

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7 Reasons Why Australia’s Wines Are Must-Tries Right Now

I could list about 59 reasons why now is a great time to discover the outstanding wines of Australia. Really… I could. But your time is limited and my fingers are already tired from a long day of typing, so

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