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Vegan Wines and How to Spot Them

  With current health trends, a lot of people are looking for any and every way to cut their caloric intake. Many have joined the lifestyle of veganism and if not completely, some have opted for ...

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Carbonation Temptation

    Maybe you’re with me on this: a life lived without carbonated beverages is no life at all. Whether you specifically agree or not, it seems clear humanity as a whole regards adding bubbles to your ...

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The Good and Bad News about Wine

  After college graduation, I moved to New York City, where a classmate offered a patch of her studio apartment to me until I found my own crib. At her door, she greeted me, “I have good news and bad ...

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Where to Go for Affordable Bubbles and Rosé

  In my last blog, I suggested some white and red wines to seek out when you want to lower your wine cost and still drink well. But what about sparkling and rosé? Can you find these wines in an ...

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Sparkling Cocktails with a Shining History

Maybe you need a new way to enjoy all your bubbly leftover from the holidays. Maybe you have just one bottle to lubricate 10 guests. Or maybe your favorite sparkler has just a few ounces left in the ...

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Your Top Sparkling Wine Questions Answered

  Wine with bubbles, what’s not to love? It plays well with other beverages as the base for famous (and infamous cocktails), can turn any event (Tuesday laundry, for instance) into a special occasion ...

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Wine Ice Cream Floats

  Last week our general manager, Kate, tagged me in a Facebook post, challenging me to write a blog about red wine ice cream floats. In general, I don't advocate adulterating wine; a lot of work went ...

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The Beauty of Bubbly

  I ventured out into the Chicago slush last weekend to celebrate a milestone birthday with a longtime girlfriend whose life motto is “Celebrate everyday with Champagne,” which has to be one of the ...

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Wine

  It's that time of year, when all the stores are decorated with winter trees and blinking lights as Bing Crosby croons through overhead speakers, that's right, Thanksgiving is coming. It's around ...

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The Tale of Two Bubblies

  Once upon a time, you’d pour a bubbly – from France, Spain or parts beyond - and folks would exclaim, “Oh goodie, Champagne!” Now, when any anonymous bubbly flows, folks respond, “Oh goodie, ...

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