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Summer Sipper: Vermentino

Summer Sipper: Vermentino

Vermentino is a thin-skinned white grape found mostly in Italy. In the right hands, it turns into a crisp, refreshing wine known for its minerality, flavors of lemon, peach and dried herbs, and an ever-so-slight salinity. This taste of …

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Dakota Shy

Dakota Shy

Thanks to the kindness of friends, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down and chat with Todd Newman, founder of Napa winery Dakota Shy. His story starts off in classic Hollywood style: a “farm kid” from North Dakota …

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The Mexican Margarita

The Mexican Margarita

Say what? This hybrid drink was created in the late 1970s, after a bartender at Austin’s Cedar Door Restaurant vacationed in Mexico. The margarita she ordered on the other side of the border came, unexpectedly, in a martini glass. …

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Wines for a Beer Holiday

Wines for a Beer Holiday

You find beer boring, margaritas not your jam. What’s a wine lover to do during Cinco de Mayo?? Fret not, for there is a surprising array of wines that pair nicely with the zesty flavors of Tex-Mex and southwest …

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