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Broke your New Year's resolutions? Try these wine pairings for rich foods

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It's almost October, so you've probably broken your 2016 New Year's resolutions by now. I know I have. In fact, a University of Scranton survey found that 29 percent of people broke their vows within two weeks, 36 percent within a month and 52 percent -- a mournful majority -- were back in their bad old ways by July.

And by the time we make ...Read more

Perfect wines for coach potatoes

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About this time most years I write a rousing column about football stadium tailgate parties and the hearty wines that go with them.

But it occurs to me that not every fan is prepared to fight the traffic to the stadium, pay $50 for parking and $100-plus for a nosebleed, upper-deck, end-zone, restricted-view seat.

Some might prefer the comfort ...Read more

Wines for Labor Day grilling

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C'mon baby, light your fire. Labor Day, coming Monday, is tied with Memorial Day as the second most popular holiday for grilling. Sixty-two percent of Americans will grill out, according to a survey by the trade group Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association.

The two holidays neatly bookend the summer grilling season, with the Fourth of July in ...Read more

Why is chardonnay so popular? Try these 11 to find out

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Chardonnay is the most popular wine in America. It's 20 percent of all the wine we buy in shops and supermarkets, according to a Nielsen survey.

It's that popular because it can be all things to all people, from lean and crisp, scented with green apples and minerals to lush, buttery, oaky wines that taste like tropical fruit.

Why do different ...Read more

Tips to find an inexpensive house wine of your own

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It's Tuesday night again and you're having spaghetti and meatballs again because it's cheap, and you spent too much last Saturday night at that fancy restaurant.

What kind of wine goes with that? Especially since that Saturday night bill was inflated quite a bit by that fancy French Burgundy you had with dinner?

You need a Tuesday night wine. ...Read more

Can't splurge on a good bottle of wine? Share it with friends

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In my early days of tasting wine I couldn't afford the really good stuff. So my wife and I recruited two other couples and formed a little hedonism club.

We held dinners. The host couple would do the entree and a side, and the other couples would make the appetizer, salad, dessert and such.

And we six shared the cost of a really good bottle of...Read more

Beat the heat with these low-alcohol wines

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Why do they call it the "dog days of summer" anyway? I can't imagine dogs liking this heat and humidity any more than we do.

Turns out there's a stunningly obscure and irrelevant explanation that has nothing to do with overheated pooches. To ancient Romans, these days mark the time of year when Sirius, the "Dog Star," is the brightest star in ...Read more

Branch out and try these lesser-known wines

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I know, I know -- I'm always harping at you to try new wines. Unusual wines. Wines you might not even like. I feel it's my duty, because I want to share the joy I get from wines I've never tasted before.

In part, I'm trying to counter the influence of those iPhone "killer apps" that keep track of the wines you drink, then try to steer you to ...Read more

Wine tasting tours: The one place it's OK to spit in public (and you probably should)

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Sometimes spelled "ptooey," it's "the sound or act of spitting," says

Perfectly respectable American men in the 1800s did it in saloons and train stations, aiming vaguely at spittoons.

It's been popular for decades in China, even on public sidewalks, though the government now is cracking down.

Baseball players do it to ...Read more

How to plan a California wine tour

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Wine fans, this should be on your bucket list.

A California wine tour. Start with the state's top-notch Napa and Sonoma counties. They're wonderlands of wine, with more than 600 wineries between them.

Stroll through vineyards. Watch grapes being picked (in season) and wine being made (when it's time). Sample a few, sometimes free, although ...Read more


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