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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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The Past, Present and Future of White Wine

Everything goes in cycles, and so it is with white wine. In ancient times, much of the most coveted wine was white — typically sweet, and often fortified so it could be transported from the place of origin to faraway

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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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How to Cut Calories Without Cutting Wine

This is the time of the year when we’re inundated with advertising that’s designed to make us feel bad about ourselves — under the guise of helping us feel better about ourselves. Oprah expounds on the benefits of Weight Watchers.

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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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The Top 5 Wine Stories of 2016

Any “best of” or “top” list is purely subjective, and this one is no exception. These are five wine stories that simply touched me, in a personal way, in 2016… The emergence of Prosecco. The sparkling wine that Michelle and

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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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