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Wine Is No Worry When You Ham It Up

Things were going so well. I wanted to take the burden of preparing the Thanksgiving meal off the shoulders of my beautiful bride, so I’d been plotting my strategy for weeks. Basically, I would purchase a pre-cooked turkey that merely

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Go Rogue With This Wine-Friendly Dessert

Yes, you could stop by the local pie shop or bakery and pick up a pumpkin pie to top off the big feast this Thursday. Yes, you could bake a pumpkin pie at home. Or, you could go rogue and

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What to Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers — The Wine, That Is

We have an “early” Thanksgiving this year, as the fourth Thursday of the month falls on the 24th. If you follow the advice we give each year — to set up a table with a bunch of glasses, open up

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Finding Peace During and After Election Night

It’s finally here. Tomorrow, the most contentious Presidential election of our lifetimes finally — mercifully, some would assert — will come to an end. One might say that Thanksgiving is coming 16 days early this year. Whichever side you’re on,

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Napa in November: 2 More Reasons to Visit

In yesterday’s blog, we shared information on two events coming to the Napa Valley next month: the Louis M. Martini Winery Lot No. 1 Tasting, and the Napa Valley Film Festival’s Movie Mogul Dinner. Here are two more events to

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Vinesse Grab Bag: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Cyber Monday

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the term “Cyber Monday.” How do you plan to celebrate? We don’t normally use this blog for a blatant sales pitch, but it would be disrespectful to the marketing person who

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So Many Reasons to Be Thankful… Including a Wine-Filled Wedding

On October 24, I married the woman of my dreams in perhaps the most “non-traditional” manner one could imagine. It’s the second marriage for each of us and we both have grown “children,” so instead of taking the flowing-white-dress-and-tuxedo approach,

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How to Avoid Over-Imbibing on Turkey Day

Planning to shine up your best wide-brimmed stemware for the big Thanksgiving feast? If you’re having guests who will be driving, you may want to re-think that. Given the widely varying size of wine glasses, it’s easy for people to

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Wines to Open With the Thanksgiving Feast

No matter what some wine pundits may say, there is no one “perfect” variety of wine to accompany the Thanksgiving holiday feast. So, what to do? Here are two basic strategies: Pour your favorite vino — regardless of its color

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It’s Not a Good Time to Be a Turkey

Historians have made solid cases that the “first Thanksgiving” meal involving the Pilgrims and Native Americans never happened. They say the story was concocted and included in history books to “create a sense of common heritage” for the children of

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