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WINTER WARMERS

WINTER WARMERS

The razzmatazz that heralds January’s arrival descends all too quickly into the grey wintery days that commence the long slog to spring.   But as winter settles in, take heart.  These cold-weather cocktails make the perfect accompaniment to the chill, be it cozied up by a roaring fire, tailgating before the big game, or at […]

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

When did December get here? Whether you’re almost done shopping or just getting started, there’s something here for everyone from the perfect hostess gift to a most decadent wine experience. And in the spirit of giving, we’re starting off with an easy way to help feed the hungry.

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PRO-AM LOIRE WINE TASTE OFF

PRO-AM LOIRE WINE TASTE OFF

At a recent tasting of Loire Valley wines, my friend Susan (aka The Amateur) came with me (aka The Pro) so we could go mano a mano in tasting these complex, yet delicious, wines.   Do we get the same flavors and impressions?  Will The Amateur appreciate these challenging cuvees?  Does The Pro find every […]

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THE LOIRE VALLEY

THE LOIRE VALLEY

The Loire Valley offers some of the most diverse, interesting and food-friendly wines in the world.  But when is the last time you saw a Chinon on a wine list, or thought to order a Muscadet with your oysters? Exactly. Part of the problem is the wines themselves – they tend to be challenging, more […]

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WAX ON, WAX OFF

WAX ON, WAX OFF

From time to time, I hear complaints about the difficulty of opening wine bottles sealed with wax.  On the rare occasion I’m confronted with such a wine, it’s been a struggle to get the cork out.  Thankfully they are easy to avoid.   Then a client gave me two bottles whose necks were encased in […]

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