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Just in Time for the Holidays: Mother Recipe for Cocktails

  I don’t know about you, but I am so very thrilled at the comeback of handcrafted cocktails. There is something romantic and celebratory about a well-made cocktail, it adds an extra special ...

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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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A Match Made in Culinary Heaven: Wine with Cheese

  Not long ago, the only cheese in America was sliced onto rye, melted into macaroni or spritzed from an aerosol can. Today, artisan cheeses are tended by trained cheese mongers at specialty shops; ...

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How to Read a Wine Label

  A customer walks into the store looking for a bottle of wine, they go to the wine wall, look up, and freeze like a deer in the headlights of an oncoming vehicle. I see this every day and we only ...

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Pinot? More Like PinYes!

  Our staff has some pretty strong opinions on wine, and that's never been more evident than when we begin to change up the wine list. I'm no exception to this of course, and I do plenty of grumbling ...

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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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Dinner Drinks Guaranteed to Impress your Guests

  If you never know what wine to serve when hosting a dinner party, you aren't alone. Lots of students tell us they spend a lot of time and money on building an amazing meal with layers of flavor and ...

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5 Wines and What We’re Eating with Them this Summer

  The days of showing up with a six pack of Bud Light and a half-eaten box of pizza are over. As we age, there’s a new obligation to bring something exciting. Something sophisticated. Something that ...

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Do Wine Appellations Really Matter?

  Last week, a co-worker came to me after one of our wine classes and asked if I thought appellations really matter. Apparently, it was a topic of discussion during class and there had been good ...

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What I Know About Wine

A sommelier's musings about wine as it relates to health and life in general.

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