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Wine for Weddings: The Toast

5 tips to stay relaxed on the big day

January is wedding planning season. As you may already know, wedding Champagne can be truly awful. Don't offend your guests with sweet, gold, fat-bubbled juice. Ignore your caterer's liquor list and do some shopping on your own. Bulk up on both wine and wedding knowledge, and don't let the question of what to serve for the toast cause one more bridal panic attack. This can be one of the easiest, most cost-effective decisions you make. Here are five mantras to help stay relaxed in the process. 

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German Wine Cooperatives To Be Thankful For

This past September, I visited a number of small, medium, and large German wineries in Baden, Württemberg, and the Pfalz regions. There is a false belief in the wine world that small wineries produ...

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Reconsidering Pinot Gris

Why you should give it another shot

Eventually, someone will ask. What's the wine that got you into wine? Then come the phenomenal answers. Ancient Brunellos discovered on semesters abroad and Burgundies shared with lovers who don't ...

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The Very Best of Blaufrankisch Wine

Blaufränkisch is a Cabernet lover’s best friend, but still very much its own grape. And that's an asset in today’s wine climate. Generations of wine drinkers stuck to the same old grapes - but this...

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A Vote for Madeira

Why you should go fortified

Oct 16, 2019 at 12:00am
Every wine-loving parent knows what it's like to open a bottle and then get drawn back into the battle of bedtime. Once you get back to that cold glass of Chardonnay, it's warm. Repeat over the cou... Read More »


Consider Napa's Other Cab

Versatile and Compelling Cabernet Franc

Oct 4, 2019 at 12:00am
It is a chilly, sunny February afternoon in Napa Valley.  Tasting rooms are packed and wine routes are busy, much busier than I remember from previous visits. It’s been five years since my last vi... Read More »


Six Key Wine Categories for Fall

Be ready for any occasion with this list of need-to-have wines

Aug 30, 2019 at 12:00am
There are an infinite number of wine categories. The debate over their definitions will be endless. The following six categories are broad, general descriptions. They are accessible to the every da... Read More »


Summer Grilling Whites

5 grilled chicken recipes and the wines that work perfectly with them

Jul 25, 2019 at 12:00am
Grilled chicken and seafood recipes are summer staples, inviting you into a rich world of white and rose wines. While a good steak is pretty easy to pair with wine, with so many red wines ready to ... Read More »


Red Wines for Summer

It might be hard to believe, but summer is almost here

Jul 10, 2019 at 12:00am
Summer is a time for frivolity and simple pleasures. Think footwear-optional backyard parties rife with Solo cups, white wine and rosé. But pleae, don't leave your red wine in the cellar. There are... Read More »


5 Iconic Wines to Celebrate the 4th of July

Change things up this holiday with some of America's future stars!

Jul 3, 2019 at 12:00am
With the celebration of our Independence right around the corner, we are all set to celebrate. This is after all one of the great parties of the year for of us. Historically it was fun and easy to ... Read More »


Two Classic Faves, One Team

Jun 7, 2019 at 12:00am
Start your meal with Grauburgunder and end it with a right-bank red: Two of the world’s most loved wine regions have teamed up to spread the word about their beloved wines. Under the slogan “Clink ... Read More »


Snazzy Sandwich & Wine Pairings

Jun 7, 2019 at 12:00am
I must have been under ten years old when I pulled out the family encyclopedia to look up ‘sandwich’. It was the 1967 edition of Britannica, acquired by my mother the year she married my father. Ba... Read More »


There's something different about Rueda...

May 31, 2019 at 12:00am
Who doesn’t love a good wine label? They are essential fodder for discussion over a glass. Chit-chat aside, wine labels are at their most meaningful when created under the aegis of a wine region. ... Read More »


Experience the Flavors of Burgundy and Provence

May 24, 2019 at 12:00am
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