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  1. The Easiest Wine-Pairing Rule

    The Easiest Wine-Pairing Rule

    Without referring to the internet (or your latest wine-pairing app), how can you tell what wines go “best” with what foods?  Here’s the simplest wine pairing rule that almost always produces yummy results: if it grows together, it goes together!  That’s right.  Tried-and-true wine and food pairings often originate in the same region, and because of this synergy many pairings...
  2. Make Your Own Sangria

    Make Your Own Sangria

    While wine purists may roll their eyes at this post, making Sangria has become a popular topic.  Taken for what it is, basically a mixture of wine and fruit, Sangria is often a summertime "gateway beverage" that leads non-wine drinkers to eventually explore the richly-rewarding world of wine.  (Some folks say wine coolers act in a similar way.)  While Sangria...
  3. Four Perfect Summer Pairings

    Four Perfect Summer Pairings

    Photo credit: Le Grande Farmers' Market, Flickr. The hottest summer months are upon us. Rather than wishing for fall,why not embrace this time of year with the best produce of the season--and wines to match? Here are some top picks for summer wine pairings. Corn and Chardonnay Nothing says summer like sweet, tender ears of corn from the local farmstand...
  4. How Much Alcohol Remains In Cooked Food?

    How Much Alcohol Remains In Cooked Food?

    We've all heard that when you cook with wine, all the alcohol "boils off," rendering your final dish innocuous. But is the conventional wisdom true? In short, no. It is true that alcohol boils at a much lower temperature than water (173 degrees Fahrenheit, compared with 212 degrees Fahrenheit), but all that means is that the alcohol in a dish...
  5. Grüner Veltliner: Your New Favorite White Wine

    Grüner Veltliner: Your New Favorite White Wine

    Summer is coming to an end. But it doesn't go quietly: the most sweltering weeks of the year are now upon us. The dark, heavy reds of winter are the last thing on your mind. So what to drink? If you haven't yet tried Grüner Veltliner, Austria's dominant white wine varietal, it's time you did. Grüner Veltliners can vary widely from bottle to...
  6. Jake's Corner: Three Days in Wine Country

    Jake's Corner: Three Days in Wine Country

    Our very own Jake Austad, master of custom cellar designs, is an expert at touring wine country, and wants to share his tips and tricks. Jake has insider advice on the best vineyards to visit, the best places to eat, and tourist traps to avoid. So pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass of your favorite vino, and hear how...
  7. The Perfect Wines for Your Thanksgiving Feast

    The Perfect Wines for Your Thanksgiving Feast

    Photo credit: riptheskull, Flickr There's no way around it: choosing wine to accompany the Thanksgiving meal is a tough task. First off, you have to choose a wine that goes with a wide variety of dishes: something that can stand up to Aunt Mabel's marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole, but that also doesn't overwhelm the simple flavors of Grandma's cornbread...
  8. How to Navigate a Wine List

    How to Navigate a Wine List

    Even the most confident of wine lovers can get bogged down by a wine list that reads like a novel. Here’s how to safely navigate a restaurant wine-list and pick a bottle that’s sure to please everyone at the table. Step 1: Choose a Color Start by choosing between white or red by considering what you'll be eating. You’re out...
  9. Five Tips for Flawless Wine and Cheese Pairings

    Five Tips for Flawless Wine and Cheese Pairings

    Wine and cheese is a classic combination. Whether it takes the form of a lavish spread laid out at a cocktail party, or a simple and elegant course at a dinner party, a wine and cheese pairing is something no guest is ever disappointed to see. But making the perfect wine and cheese match can be intimidating. These five tips...

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