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Plus our Wine of the Week


Inspector Grape
It will be a crime if you miss out on the treasure trove of videos at this impressively designed wine and food pairing site. Watch the winemaker, sommelier, chef and manager of Michelin-star restaurants in London, Dawid Koegelenberg, deftly cook up dishes such as Risotto Nero and Garlic Squid,  Tuna Tartare, and Pan Fried Sardines.

He also cheerfully tastes through wines by varietal, offering intelligent notes and food pairings. And the wine range is as delightfully down-to-earth as the host -- many bottles are readily available in UK supermarkets.

The videos, produced by online strategist Jean Crous, aren't your garden variety YouTube jobs -- they are high quality, complete with maps and graphics. The site also has recipes, wine news and tasting tips. 
Visit Inspector Grape to read more.
Beltway Bacchus
Another well-named blog, Beltway Bacchus is dedicated to celebrating all things wine in the DC area. An easygoing writing style, informed opinions and wide-ranging coverage of wine culture and wineries make this a pleasure to read. Recent posts include "In Praise of Mutts," highlighting the beauty of blends; a piece on The Capital Wine Festival; and thoughts on what a $150 bottle of wine is really worth. 
Visit Beltway Bacchus to read more.

Wine of the Week, 1/28/11: 2008 Vina Misiones de Rengo Carmenere Reserva
When you're about to be snowed in, you've got to rely on your local resources, and sometimes that's just fine. Before this week's big snow, I stopped off to buy a bottle from a local wine shop and went outside my usual haunts to pick up something that might have added some excitement to a snowed-in night and some beef stew. The wine was a winner: spicy, rich, yet elegant and in a very popular style.
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