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Making Champagne

Making Champagne

First off, let’s get one thing straight: All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne.   In order to be called Champagne, two criteria must be met. First, the wine must be produced in a specific, legally defined region of northern France. Second, the secondary fermentation that gives the wine its […]

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About Gewurztraminer

About Gewurztraminer

Most of the people who came by the cookie and wine tasting were unfamiliar with Gewürztraminer, though were willing to give it a try.  Once they did, they became fans.   So, what is it?   Gewürztraminer (guh-vertz-tra-meaner) is a cool climate grape with distinctive pink skin.  The wine it produces is known for its […]

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COOKIES & CORKS: ADVENTURES IN WINE PAIRING

COOKIES & CORKS: ADVENTURES IN WINE PAIRING

When a company sends you sample boxes of cookies crafted to pair with wine, the only logical thing to do is organize a tasting.   Diana Fisher, owner of Moderne Barn Wines, graciously offered her store.  Last Friday evening found me there, setting up a table with six plates of sweet and savory treats and […]

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SPANISH WINES

SPANISH WINES

Several of the wine professionals I recently interviewed about their wine cellars cited Spanish wines as an exciting new addition to their collections.  It is perhaps one of the wine world’s worst kept secrets that these exciting wines offer terrific bang for the buck – and some pretty awesome flavor as well. Here’s an overview of […]

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THE ART OF BLENDING

THE ART OF BLENDING

Over the holidays, my mother in law asked me to provide the wine for a family dinner. I selected a blend – Cabernet, Malbec and Shiraz from Australia. She wrinkled her nose and said, “I don’t trust blends. Doesn’t it mean they’re doing something wrong?” …

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