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I Never Knew I Liked…

I never knew I liked rice. Then I discovered authentic Indian cuisine with its basmati and jasmine rice, quite a contrast to the glop served up in 1950’s America when I was raised. Next, I discovered ...

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You Can Do that to Wine?

  People ask me all the time: What can I do with a wine that’s going bad? And I say, Freeze it.  Or: The wine my family prefers is too dry, and I say, Add fruit juice to yours. When warm wine is ...

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Are You Cool Enough for our New Happy Hour?

My birthday was last month, which means I got a lot of Facebook notifications from people I rarely speak to wishing me a “Happy Birthday.” Some of them went so far as to say, “Happy Birthday, ...

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What's in a Red Blend?

  Wine pro’s were caught short by American’s Rose rage but regarding the recent popularity of red blends, sommeliers and merchants are saying, “What took you so long?”  Not long ago, as a retailer, I ...

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Spice Up Your Summer with Wine

Thanks to The Chopping Block's guests and team members for welcoming me as one of your new Sommeliers! Folks ask me all the time, “What does a Sommelier do: sit around and taste delicious wine all ...

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Dry Wine: How Sweet It Is

Stop me if you've heard this one. A German walks into The Chopping Block. He approaches the counter and asks, “Do you have any wine I could taste?” The guy behind the counter (probably me) ...

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A Treasure Map for Food Adventures

  I recently rated three mobile wine apps I felt helped me in selecting wine and tracking my tastes. I wanted to follow up on that with a second post about finding the right cheese pairings for wine. ...

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The Great Bubbly Debate: Champagne vs. Prosecco vs. Sparkling Rosé

Bubbles should not only be reserved for New Year's Eve or special occasions. I tend to enjoy the crisp, fizzy deliciousness of sparkling wine year-round, with and without the addition of orange juice ...

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