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Sangria: The Perfect ‘Wine Cocktail’ of Summer

My first experience with Sangria was at a then-popular Mexican restaurant chain that included the ice-cold, sweet drink as part of its Sunday brunch. It was an all-you-could-eat buffet, accompanied by all-you-could-drink Sangria. I don’t remember much about that morning

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An Authentic Wine and Tapas Experience in Chicago

When it comes to reviewing food or wine, the older I get, the more I realize that absolutely nothing beats experience. When talking about experience, it’s important not to confuse it with age. I’ll take a 25-year-old restaurant reviewer who

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Posted in Wine Buzz

Pairing Wine With Spanish Cuisine

Spain has a long reputation for spicy cuisine, but in recent years, other European influences have helped tame the heat and made Spanish fare, in general, more wine-friendly. Here are a few pairing possibilities beyond the ubiquitous tapas-and-sparkling wine offerings…

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Wine Friendly Lamb Ribs… Made Spanish Style

This tasty dish from Spain can be enjoyed with either red or white wine. Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache) makes a good choice among reds, while Albariño is an ideal companion among whites. Other tasty options include Syrah, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo.

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