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3 Great Reasons to Stock Up on Syrah While You Can

More and more, it’s looking like it’s going to be a long winter. For that reason alone, this is a perfect time to stock up on Syrah, the wine that goes by the name of Shiraz in Australia. But there

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Posted in Wine in the Glass

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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Posted in Editor's Journal, Wine Buzz

Wines for Celebrating National Taco Day

It’s pretty safe to say that the first taco I ever ate came from Taco Bell. Which would make perfect sense, since that chain is credited with introducing the taco to people across North America beginning in the early 1960s.

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

Some Additional Thoughts About Pairing Wine With Pizza

I don’t always agree with wine critics, particularly some of the better known ones. I guess it bothers me that a small handful of individuals can have so much influence over an entire industry. There’s no doubt in my mind,

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Posted in Editor's Journal

Food-and-Wine Pairing Made Easy: 4 Tips

When matching wine with food, flavors are important. That’s fairly obvious. In fact, we talk all the time about matching wine with the dominant flavor of any given dish. For instance, a filet mignon calls for a different wine (I’d

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

My Favorite Wine Can Be Described in 3 Letters: GSM

I have liked many wines in my time. These are wines that I uncork regularly to enjoy with a meal or to share with friends over a deep (or not-so-deep) conversation. There also are wines that I like A LOT

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Posted in Wine in the Glass

Leg of Lamb With Black Olive Puree — Try It With Cabernet!

Cabernet Sauvignon can sometimes be challenging to pair with food, especially younger renditions with tannins that have not had time to subside. As the king of red wines, it seemingly demands attention, as if to say, “You will pay attention

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Shafer Vineyards: A Star of the Stags Leap District

Shafer Vineyards traces its beginnings to 1972 when John Shafer left a 23-year career in the publishing industry and, with his family, moved to the Napa Valley to pursue a second career in wine. It was the lure of wine

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Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Alexander Valley’s Ascent to Wine World Star Status

In 1841, Cyrus Alexander arrived in an untamed valley to manage the Sotoyome Rancho, a Mexican land grant owned by a San Diego sea captain, Henry Delano Fitch, and his wife, Josefa Carrillo. As payment for his services, Alexander received

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Wine and Chocolate Pairings for Valentine’s Day

No Valentine’s Day is complete without wine. No Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate. Yet the marriage of wine and chocolate is among the more stridently debated topics in the world of wine. Some say the two should never be

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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