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All-American Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving feast is as American as apple pie, and many traditionalists believe the wines should be, too.

That proposition might have presented a challenge at one time, but over the past few decades, the bounty of the American wine industry has erased any doubts that there is a delicious domestic wine for just about any occasion.

The ...Read more

Three Tips for Holiday Feasting

'Tis the season for holiday feasting. That typically means a up-close and personal experience with the fruits of the vine. What to serve and how to serve it are top of the mind.

As a service to our "Wine Talk" readers, I have devoted years of research to the subject, and I have a few ideas that might enhance the experience for you and your ...Read more

J. Lohr Introduces 'Signature' Cabernet

If there is any California vintner who deserves a monument to himself, Jerry Lohr would be at or near the top of the list of contenders.

Over more than four decades, J. Lohr, his namesake winery, has delivered exceptional wines at fairly modest prices to slake the growing thirst for California wine. The monument is another J. Lohr wine, of ...Read more

Five Obscure Gems

Even those with a mere casual interest in wine know the term "wine country" applies to Napa, California, Sonoma, California, parts of California's Central Coast, parts of Oregon and parts of Washington. Beyond those well-established viticultural boundaries, however, there is a blossoming culture of winemakers who are not content with the ...Read more

Pairing Is a Two-Way Street

If you have even a passing interest in wine, you've no doubt heard that wine enhances the dining experience. Entire books are dedicated to explaining which wines go best with what foods. For the most part, wine-pairing advice is well-thought out, and it will no doubt impress family and friends when you follow the suggestions.

But there is ...Read more

Why Vintages Matter

As another grape harvest winds down throughout the northern hemisphere, it might be a good time to consider the importance of the vintage as it relates to wine.

Unlike distilled spirits, wines are a product of nature that vary from year to year depending on the conditions of the growing cycle. Not all vintages are created equal.

This matters...Read more

Don't Be a Cork Dork

Despite the wine industry's huge transition to screw-cap closures in recent years, it seems the old-fashioned cork closure is here to stay, particularly for premium red wines that are often crafted to improve with age.

Tradition certainly factors in to the equation as we cling to our corks, but advancements in technology and common-sense ...Read more

Gallo Dazzles at Sommelier Challenge

Throughout the weekend of the eighth annual Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Challenge in San Diego, California, the judges made a point of noting an improvement in the quality of entries from the previous year.

The results reflected the initial impression as the assembled professional sommeliers, which included Master ...Read more

Merlot Madness

October is international merlot month. Think about that for a moment. Merlot is the wine everyone loves to loathe. So it gets an entire month to call its own? Something must be wrong with this picture.

Everyone from vintners to consumers has been dismissing merlot for as far back memory serves. During the emergence of California wine in the ...Read more

 
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