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    Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion for a Champagne cocktail. They're versatile. You can make them sweet, dry, fruity, floral or spiced. Whether you're...


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    Wine and chocolate is a mysterious pairing that seems to have starkly different results for different palates. Which, of course, is fine since the only match...


  • What Wine Goes With This Chocolate?

    White chocolate is, as we all know, not really chocolate at all but rather it’s a confection usually flavored with vanilla. This is ‘chocolate’ at its...


  • Best Merlot 2/2011

    Today, Merlot is seeing something of a restoration of its reputation. With less bad Merlot on the market, consumers can finally begin to understand not only...


  • Perfectly Paired

    Enjoy course-by-course dining on your private balcony in a six-star resort as it serenely moves from one coveted Mediterranean harbor to the next. We invite...


  • Nicolas Contenta in Friuli

    Today we feature a report from Nicolas Contenta that illustrates the broad range of wine, food and spirits in Friuli, Italy, you can expect to see reports on...


  • A Hug After Rough Secs

    Awoke yesterday morning with an extra lift in my somewhat overwhelmed step. A faintly cocky bounce on the tips of my toes in the knowing that I was going to...


  • Merlot Makes a Comeback

    Merlot has had a rough time over the past few years. Once everyone’s favorite easy-drinking red, Merlot was stigmatized by Miles’ famous line in...


  • Hot Toddy

    It's cold season and this winter has been harsh. Having succumbed to the evil flu earlier this week, I decided to explore the aged old cure-all, the Hot...


  • Top Wines for Valentine's

    With Valentine’s Day upon us, many people will be analyzing every detail to ensure a perfect evening. From the flowers to the chocolate, menu to music,...


  • Jeremy Parzen Tastes 42 Tocai

    At our first Consorzio tasting in Cividale yesterday morning, team blogger COF2011 tasted 42 — yes, count them forty-two — bottlings of 2009 Tocai...


  • France in the Cellar

    One of the joys of wine geekery is the selecting, buying, cellaring, and eventual consumption of wines. Establishing one’s cellar, and all that entails, is...


  • What is Hot in 2011?

    With January behind us, and everyone -- yours truly included -- making predictions about what’s hot and what’s not these days, it’s a good time to take...


  • What We've Been Reading

    This week, we're taking a back seat and letting you, our readers, navigate us around the online wine world. We love sharing what great sites we've found but,...


  • Kentucky Apple Sour Jellies

    Jell-O shots are fun, but they don't taste like cocktails. This sophisticated take on the Jell-O shot, which like the Brits we're going to call a "jelly,"...


  • Great New Zealand Cabernet

    There really are very few grapes that New Zealand is not well suited to. Actually I should say that New Zealand’s many terroirs seem to produce some spots...


  • New Zealand Wines: Part 3

    If Chardonnay in New Zealand is surprising, Cabernet must be simply shocking. The success of Cabernet-based wines, once the domain of the cool-climate region...


  • New Zealand Wines: Part 2

    It’s ironic that New Zealand’s fame has been built on the back of Sauvignon Blanc. In the wine world, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon tend to be...


  • 5 Top New Zealand Chardonnays

    New Zealand is well known as a producer of world-class Sauvignon Blanc, and the Pinot Noirs from regions such as Martinborough and Central Otago have claimed...


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