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  • Downton Abbey: Pairing Wines with Television Shows

    Downton Abbey: Pairing Wines with Television Shows

    My wife is a huge fan of the PBS series, Downton Abbey. While I’ve been in the room with her while she watched it, I’ve never really paid attention to it. Since I am usually on my laptop tweeting, or setting my fantasy football lineup, I would be hard pressed to name a single character in the show, much less expound on the plot. I never thought of pairing a particular wine with a television show, but after sampling a […]

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  • Celebrating Chardonnay Day

    Celebrating Chardonnay Day

    Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine grape and is celebrated each year on May 23 in what is now recognized as National Chardonnay Day.  I’m not sure how National Chardonnay Day came into being, but any grape that is planted on over 400,000 acres worldwide and in more wine regions than any other grape, including Cabernet Sauvignon, certainly deserves it’s own day. It wouldn’t be right to celebrate National Chardonnay Day without sipping on an excellent Chardonnay. So […]

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  • This Wine is the Cat’s Meow

    This Wine is the Cat’s Meow

    Lately I’ve been trying to eat a healthier diet. I remain a carnivore, but I’m including more chicken and fish in my diet and and less red meat. I generally prefer red wine, and while there are many reds that pair very well with foul and seafood, my new diet is giving me a good excuse to experience more whites. I found a simple recipe for pan seared scallops on the Food Network’s website and decided to pair it with […]

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  • White Port – a Pleasant Surprise

    White Port – a Pleasant Surprise

    I recently had the opportunity to sample a bottle of Quinta do Portal Fine White Port. I’m usually not a fan of port wine, or for any sweet wines for that matter, but I did find the white port to be a pleasant surprise.  It is a dry to semi-sweet aperitif that pairs wonderfully with appetizers and salads that feature fruit and cheese. It is best served chilled. Porto and Douro wines come from the Douro Demarcated Region, situated in […]

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  • Judging a Wine by its Label #WineWednesday

    Judging a Wine by its Label #WineWednesday

    Judging a wine by it’s label is generally not a good idea. I’ve tasted great wines with mundane looking labels and I’ve tasted mundane wines with great looking labels. To me, the world is a better place when the wine label gets it right. Such is the case with Apothic Red. It’s gothic looking crimson and black label allude to the plush velvety flavors this full bodied red blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Syrah. I found it to have an […]

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