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2 Wine-and-Cheese Pairings to Try Before You Die

I never knew I liked blue cheese until I tried it soft and warm atop a thick, juicy steak. I never knew that what we in America think of as Swiss cheese really isn’t until I went to Switzerland. For

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An Opportunity to Test Wine-and-Chocolate Pairings

I don’t need much of an excuse to indulge in chocolate, whether it comes in the form of a bar or a cake or a hot morning beverage. When Michelle and I took our pre-wedding honeymoon to Europe, one of

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The Swiss Approach to Wine Storage

Switzerland is known for many things, among them exquisite watches, luscious chocolate, 450 varieties of cheese, extremely private banks and magnificent mountain ranges. The pride of Switzerland is Zurich, which has been described as having the best quality of life

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A Visit to One of the World’s Great Chocolate Makers

In the world of chocolate, a handful of producers stand out as true master chocolatiers. One of them is Switzerland-based Lindt, which produces fine chocolates that often are described with words similar to those used to describe fine wines. It

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Pretzel Logic: An Unexpected Wine Pairing Partner

Preztels with wine? We enjoy occasional visits to Auntie Anne’s or Wetzel’s Pretzels when visiting a mall or killing time in an airport, but never had we thought about eating this warm, chewy treat with a glass of wine. Never,

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An Unexpected Cheese (and Wine) Discovery

Part of the fun of traveling is getting lost. Last fall, my fiancée and I discovered a wonderful tapas restaurant in Barcelona simply by walking around without a map. Later on that same trip, we found a cheese-making operation by

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Wine in the Deli: My Kind of Monastery

It was at a beautiful monastery in the Swiss Alps, in a postcard-worthy village called Engelberg, where I learned something extremely important about wine: It’s no big deal. Before the boss hands me a pink slip, let me explain what

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A Swiss Souffle for the Wines of Summer

I have to admit I was never much of a cheese guy until my fiancée and I visited Switzerland last fall. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve always liked cheese. And I’ve studied wine and cheese pairings for years because I’ve

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Sparkling Wine: The ‘Default’ Pairing Partner

For whatever reason, we don’t typically think of sparkling wine when it comes to pairing wine with food. We tend to gravitate toward rich red wines to serve with beef… rich white wines to serve with fowl… and various other

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Cailler: Calling All Chocolate Lovers

When you think of Switzerland, what comes to mind? Perhaps the Swiss Alps, noted for their natural beauty and abundant ski resorts. Or maybe your mind’s eye brings fine, handcrafted clocks and watches into focus. But if you have a

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