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  1. Wine and Chocolate: The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift

    Wine and Chocolate: The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift

    To all you boyfriends and husbands out there: it's that time of year again.  Valentine's Day is fast approaching, which means that you'd better get thinking about what you're going to give the lovely woman in your life.  Sure, there are the old standbys like a dozen roses or a nice dinner out, but the gift that will truly wow...
  2. Wine Profile: Riesling

    Wine Profile: Riesling

    Along with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling is considered one of the world's greatest white wines.  Riesling has a long history, even for a wine: it has been produced for at least 600 years.  Rieslings are highly versatile: they cover a widerange from dry, crisp wine perfect for a spring picnic, to  highly sweet dessert wines with complex, unctuous flavors. Riesling...
  3. Wines for Easter

    Wines for Easter

    The Easter Bunny is hopping our way, bringing with him (or is it her?) eggs, chocolates, and of course, a big Easter feast. Whether you view Easter as a meaningful religious event, the day that frees you from your Lenten sacrifice, or simply as a time to get together with family and friends and celebrate springtime, Easter always involves a...
  4. Which Wines Age Well?

    Which Wines Age Well?

    Some VERY old bottles. Let's hope they have what it takes to open up well! Aging a bottle of wine has a very distinct, qualitative effect on the contents. But it's a very unpredictable effect. This leaves wine aficionados in a rough place--you don't want to spend the time and the money aging a nice bottle of wine, only to open...
  5. Wine Review: Sheldrake Point's 2008 Late Harvest Riesling

    Wine Review: Sheldrake Point's 2008 Late Harvest Riesling

    This weekend, I had a change to visit Sheldrake Point Winery in New York's beautiful Finger Lakes area.  Sheldrake Point is one of the most picturesque wineries I've ever visited, with rows of grape vines sloping gently down towards deep blue Cayuga Lake, the fall foliage resplendent in the background. I was lucky enough to get to sit down with...
  6. Wine and Cheese, Please!

    Wine and Cheese, Please!

    Wine and cheese platters are customarily a part of many people’s celebrations. But choosing the right cheese to accompany your wine of choice, or vice versa, is not always easy. And just as serving wine at an improper temperature can bring out its worst, serving a badly-paired cheese will also impair the taste of a wine. That said, here are...
  7. Wine and Food: What Not To Mix

    Wine and Food: What Not To Mix

    We’re often told what wines go well with certain food items, but we rarely discuss which wines and foods don’t mix well.  Here's a few "don'ts" Though a Chardonnay pairs well with chicken, salmon, and creamy sauces, it fails to delight when sipped with hot, spicy foods!   Even a good bottle of Pinot Noir can become offensive when served...
  8. Wine Review: Piesporter Michelsberg 2009

    Wine Review: Piesporter Michelsberg 2009

    A white wine with a light golden color (and subtle hints of blue), this inexpensive summertime sipper hails from the banks of Germany’s Mosel river in Trier.  Though the nose is on the weaker side, this light, crisp wine is well-balanced.  Its body is delicately creamy, consisting of a subtle buttery texture slightly reminiscent of a Chardonnay.  Interestingly, the Piesporter...
  9. Riesling: The Chameleon Grape

    Riesling: The Chameleon Grape

    Rieslings are fantastic wines that wear many hats.  Often referred to as being a “chameleon grape”, Riesling grapes really do play many roles.  In fact, the wines they produce range from those that are completely dry to wines that are insatiably sweet!  While “Zinfandel” makes us think of California, “Riesling” instantly brings Germany to mind, though good Rieslings can be...
  10. Wine Review: Schmitt Söhne Riesling Qualitätswein 2009

    Wine Review: Schmitt Söhne Riesling Qualitätswein 2009

    This little guy’s not bad! And by “little guy” I mean the wine, though the wine’s “mascot” happens to be an adorable, little German man. This good-value, summertime sipper proved exceptionally clear, with a shimmery, pale-yellow color. With an aroma of sufficient intensity, though a little plain, scents of lemon, berry, slight pear, apple, and honeysuckle became more pronounced as...
  11. Time for Thanksgiving Wines

    Time for Thanksgiving Wines

    If you’re planning to host a fancy Thanksgiving, why not pull all the stops?  Instead of serving one wine with the meal, liven things up by serving several in graded succession.  For example, start with an apéritif either on its own, or with some light appetizers.  Muscat is an excellent choice, and helps prepare the palate for courses yet...
  12. Wine and Spice: Hot Foods & Wines to Choose

    Wine and Spice: Hot Foods & Wines to Choose

    It’s still winter, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the season for spicy food.  In fact, a good meal filled with spicy delights might be just the thing to warm you up!  Are you eyeing that jalapeño?  Are red, hot chili peppers calling your name?  Here are some wines that are sure to complement your spicy food's zestiness! If your...
  13. Easter Wine Pairings

    Easter Wine Pairings

    Easter is a time to celebrate with family and friends.  When meals are involved, the focus is often on a roasted ham or a nice leg of lamb.  But what wines go best with these dishes?  After all, hams are often prepared with a variety of glazes, aren't they?  Read on! No matter how sweet your ham’s glaze may be...

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