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How to Host the Perfect Summer Barbecue

Don’t let anyone tell you differently: You can’t host a classy barbecue for neighbors, co-workers, family and/or friends without wine. Yes, BBQ-and-beer have been “a thing” for eons. But if you really want to impress your peeps with your grilling

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Posted in Wine Buzz

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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Posted in Editor's Journal

What the Start of Summer Means for Your Wine Plans

There is no part of the year that is unimportant in the vineyard. That said, some seasons are more important than others, and summer is when the grapes on the vines receive most of the nourishing sunshine they need to

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Posted in Editor's Journal, Our Wine Travel Log

Don’t Let Summer Slip By Without Sangria

I first touched sangria to my lips on my 21st birthday. It was a weekend brunch at a Mexican restaurant, and about all I can remember about the drink is that it was red and served on ice. I did

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Posted in Wine in the Glass

Traveling Near Sacramento? Check Out Grapes & Grub

I know this is really short notice, but I just found out about the Grapes & Grub Festival while driving through the California Delta earlier this week. The festival is going to be held at the Old Sugar Mill, which

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Posted in Wine Buzz

Chilling With the Gang from NCIS and a Fruit and Wine Sorbet

In 73 days, summer will be here. But with temperatures already warming up in many parts of the country, I see no reason that we can’t start enjoying cool summertime treats right now. My wife was recently trolling around Facebook,

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

At Last, a Shaved Ice for Adults (You Can Make at Home!)

Why should kids have all the fun with their shaved ice concoctions? One of my fondest childhood memories revolves around walking to a stand that fronted Balboa Bay in Newport Beach, Calif., and ordering an “ice cone.” It was available

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

The History of Sangria… and a Sparkling Suggestion

In yesterday’s blog, I told you about breaking my personal 35-year ban on Sangria while having dinner at a tapas bar in Barcelona. Intrepid reporter that I am, at one point during that meal I asked one of our servers,

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Posted in Editor's Journal, Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

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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Posted in Editor's Journal, Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

There Still Time for a Summer Trip to Sonoma

California wine country visitors can experience vibrant charm in a tranquil setting at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa — and there’s still time to get there this summer. Less than an hour north of San Francisco, this

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Posted in Vinesse Style
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