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Wine and Spirits

Your Valentine’s Bubbly Personality

Few things in life hold the seductive allure of a flute filled with sparkling wine; few sounds say “I love you” more eloquently than the succinct POP of its cork.

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Spice Up Your Super Bowl Sunday With Wine

You don’t have to think of the Super Bowl as a beer-only occasion. According to entertaining experts, more and more people prefer to sip wine on the sidelines. Includes great SuperBowl recipes, like Pork and Sausage Jambalaya.

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Tips for Serving Wine Simply with Your Super Bowl Spread

According to Cajun Chef and entertaining expert John Folse, the main thing to remember is that there’s nothing to be afraid of when determining what wine to serve.

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Warming Up to Reds

The temptation to reach for a cool glass of white wine to quench a summer thirst is understandable, and in fact it is a reflex action for some people. But the fact of the matter is that red wines are experiencing an incredible resurgence in the United States.

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The Wine A-List

What could be more fun than choosing wine based on your favorite actors and actresses? Karen MacNeil offers these actor/actress pairings with the grape varietals that best describe them.

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Wine Tips From The Experts

Even without having a sommelier at your table, you can get the perfect wine for your meal if you follow a few simple guidelines.

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Wine For A Crowd

When a big celebration comes along, wine is a necessity. Here are some tips on doing it right.

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Wines for Thanksgiving

From tangy cranberry jelly, to gooey-sweet yams, to spicy stuffing and meaty turkey, the traditional Thanksgiving lineup surely qualifies as the most schizo menu of the year. Find out what a sommelier has to say about what wine you should pair with all those far-flung flavors.

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Que Syrah Syrah

Syrah may be the most easy-going wine on the planet. And it’s fast becoming one of the most popular.

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How to Order Wine in a Restaurant Without Getting Gouged

Many restaurant customers dread the thought of dealing with a wine list. To them, it’s right there with haggling with a car salesman or selecting a fine piece of jewelry. Deep down people wonder if they are really getting a good buy. Are you?

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Wine and Food Pairing Basics

For every food action, there is a wine reaction. When you drink wine by itself it tastes one way, but when you take a bite of food, the wine tastes different. This is because wine is like a spice.

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It’s Prime Time for Grilling and Wine

When people go backyard grilling, one item often left behind is wine. It’s time to serve wine at even the most casual of dining occasions. Good old standbys like pop, iced tea and beer are refreshing indeed, but new alternatives are always welcome.

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Wine Trivia Worth Toasting And Savoring

Is your knowledge of wine worthy of a toast? Test your wine IQ with this quick and easy quiz of wine fun facts. Take the quiz alone or enjoy it together with dinner guests.

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Choosing the Perfect Bottle of Wine for Any Occasion

Whether you are having wine at home or as part of a meal in a restaurant, choosing the right type need not be a bewildering experience as you face the multiple shelves in a grocery store or extensive restaurant wine list.

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Pairing Seafood And Fine Wines

Seafood and fine wines have been described as a marriage made in heaven, but just which“wines pair best with which seafood may serve as a pleasant surprise….. Includes recipe for Halibut with oranges, tomatoes, and Olives.

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Dressing Up Your Martini

Does the garnish make the martini? Or is it the liquor? Or is it the ratio of gin – or vodka – and dry vermouth? Each martini drinker has a favorite formula and who is to say which is the best way – or the right way – to make this famous cocktail, let alone garnish it.

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Barolo: A Trip to Italy at a Fraction of the Price

Magic. It’s in every bottle of Barolo. There is, simply, no other wine like it. Barolo is filled with fruit, yet has a tightness, a restraint, that keeps it from being the kind of plump red wine you find in California. Instead, it has the kind of tannins and bite that make it special.

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