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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

Celebrate reds this Fourth of July

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Monday's the Fourth of July. Independence Day. So after we celebrate the important stuff -- you know, freedom and all -- let's take the opportunity to appreciate something much less hallowed but very pleasant, very nice for us.

I'm talking about wine. Wine fans, we live in a golden age of abundant wines. Now, with hot weather here, we'll spend ...Read more

Malbec, revamped

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Let's take a new look at malbec.

Argentina's most popular red grape and wine, it has trod a rocky road to achieve its current fame. More than a century ago, oddly, it was a lean and tannic grape in France, where it was called "cot" and added to Bordeaux's famous red blends for color and backbone.

Malbec's lucky break came in the late 1800s, ...Read more

The finest fare, drinks for Father's Day

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I used to write a yearly column assuring readers that, while we men can't say what women want, we dads on Father's Day are easy. We want red meat and red wine.

That was then.

Now men are more sophisticated. More evolved. We can do more than etch grill marks on a steak. We're just as likely as mom to whip up a nifty Coquilles St. Jacques.

It's...Read more

Brambly red zinfandel perfect for summer grilling

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If I could choose only one wine for the summer's grilling, it would be good old American red zinfandel.

It has enough tannin for a New York strip steak, but, unburdened with the astringency of a cabernet sauvignon, it also can go with a cedar-plank-grilled side of wild-caught salmon.

It has the spice to pair with cayenne-rubbed beef and the ...Read more


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