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Holiday Libations Made Easy

By Robert Paul – As the holiday season is fast approaching, images of libations are dancing in my head. What, you thought we’d discuss sugarplums? Striving to be the good host, I like to greet guests with a flute of bubbly. It seems to create an upbeat mood and the gesture brings a smile to …

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Discovering a Culture Through Food and Wine

By Marsha Fottler – It’s a fact, culinary destination travel is on the rise as more food and wine lovers realize that one of the best ways to discover and fully experience a country and its culture is through the pleasures of the table. Sharing food and wine in a convivial setting just naturally leads …

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SNOB Wines, Not What You Think

By Michael DeLoach – SNOB is an acronym for the four major “green” wine designations: Sustainable, Natural, Organic, and Biodynamic. You may want to add some of these wines to your cellar or give them as Holiday gifts to friends who are earth-friendly in their wine choices. Here’s what you need to know. S is …

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Wine Shoppers: Which One Are You?

By Michael De Loach, President, Hook & Ladder Winery – Archetypes abound and the wine world is no exception. There are many varieties of wine drinkers, species of snobs and subsets of admirers, collectors, expounders and travelers. But by far my favorite group to study are wine shoppers. Which kind you are? Bargain Browser I’m …

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When To Decant Wine

By Robert Paul – The short answers is, you can (and should) decant wine more often than you think. Over years my wife and I have amassed a nice collection of wine decanters. They sit on the sideboard and sometimes in the china cabinet and a few I haven’t seen in years, which means they …

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Putting Wine in Context

By Michael Green – Repeat this mantra: “All wine need not be great. All wine need not be celestial.” Believe it. Own it. Don’t forget to breathe. Now sip! In this information age and urban environment, in which most of us live, we are besieged with wine criticism and reviews that often proclaim the best wines…..the greatest wines….the “you must …

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Summer Picnic Wines

By Michael Green – The sweat trickled down my brow. With each and every sip, my whole being became overwhelmed, lethargic and terribly unhappy. Physiologically and “gustatorily,” I was perspiring and parched. Very parched. No, this is not a scene from a Harlequin romance, but perhaps I am getting ahead of myself. Let me set the scene – New …

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Summer Wines – What You Need to Know

By Marsha Fottler – Michael Green is one of America’s premier wine and spirits celebrities, serving as the Gourmet Magazine wine and spirits expert for 19 years along with making appearances on the Today Show, Food Network, MSNBC, and CNN. His wine stories as they relate to food, travel, business and lifestyle have appeared the New York …

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It’s Like Sipping Spring

By Robert Paul – I appreciate the taste of Prosecco the way I like sparkling rose wines – in the warm or hot weather. If you haven’t discovered Prosecco yet, April is a great time for your own personal tasting of the several brands on the market. Prosecco is a sparkling Italian wine produced in …

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