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Unusual Food-and-Wine Pairings That Will Surprise Any Wine Aficionado

“Red wine with meat, white wine with fish.” For eons, that was the mantra of both winemakers and chefs, who sought to simplify the often-mystifying challenge of pairing our favorite adult beverage with specific dishes. That myth was exploded in

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Those Red Leaves Mean It’s Time for Red Wine

We are heading into one of my favorite times of the year: Leaf Peeping Season, otherwise known as autumn. This is not a recently acquired interest or hobby. My Mom was born in Vermont, where some of this country’s best

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Does Your Taste in Coffee Dictate Your Taste in Wine?

Not to brag, but I believe I am uniquely qualified to tackle this particular topic. I often start my work day at our neighborhood Starbucks coffee shop, where I typically order the featured dark roast with just a little bit

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4 Tips for To-Die-For BBQ and Wine Pairings

Summertime… and the grilling is easy… Oops. Sorry. Sometimes I subconsciously meld Gershwin and barbecuing. But you’ll never have that problem if you follow these tips for pairing wine with barbecue fare… Take your time. Barbecued food attains the height

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The Best Wine Pairings for St. Patrick’s Day Fare

Technically and traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day pays homage to one of Ireland’s patron saints, St. Patrick. In practice in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is embraced by far more people than just those of Irish heritage, and provides a

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Exploring California’s Top 5 Zinfandel Regions

You can procure Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay from any number of countries. But there is only one country where significant acreage is devoted to Zinfandel: the good ol’ USA. And within the U.S., virtually all of the Zinfandel grapes are

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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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5 Ways to Commemorate National Zinfandel Day

We are less than two weeks away from National Zinfandel Day. The special day for California’s special wine is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16. Here is what it’s all about, according to the folks at the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers

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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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Embracing Columbus’s Sense of Adventure

When I was growing up (which, admittedly, was a long, long time ago), we were taught that Christopher Columbus discovered America. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Perhaps you had to memorize the same poem I did: “In fourteen

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