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The Seasonal Switch of Wines

  The birds are chirping, the masks are off and the wine sales reps are rolling their insulated bags loaded with samples across the U.S. In the wine biz, “back to normal” means Spring wine list ...

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We Fell in Love with Pinot Noir, but Will the Sideways Affair Last?

It’s almost impossible to pinpoint the start of a major cultural shift. What work of art begins the Italian Renaissance, for instance, or on what day did the Jazz Age start? But there’s no doubt that ...

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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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Taking Cocktails to the Next Level with Orgeat

  As a good host when you have friends over, you ask them for their preferred beverages. Some say just water, others ask for wine and a few ask for cocktails, but from the back of the crowd one ...

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Roasted Veggies with Wine

Like geese are drawn southwards for the winter, when the temperature plummets my instinct pulls me into the kitchen to roast a passel of vegetables. And since I’ve given up trying to enjoy any dish ...

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Get Touchy-Feely with Wine Texture

  Slipping into a silky robe on a hot summer day is a feeling we can all dream of during Chicago’s icy blast. Now we’re bundling up in wool scarves and coats. But how would we feel about a wool scarf ...

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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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Drink Your Alcohol Hot

  There’s nothing hotter than a cocktail on a chilly fall day — really.

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Holiday Wine Gifts at The Chopping Block

    Wine is fun and easy for holiday gift-giving. There’s a price for every pocketbook, it’s appropriate for friends, family and business colleagues and – despite disruptions in many supply chains – ...

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Wine for BBQ

  For international entertainment without needing a passport, try a world cuisine barbeque with wine.

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