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Thursday, March 22, 2018
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Spanish Wine That’s Inexpensive, Delicious

The region of Navarra in northern Spain is home to two cultural events whose reputations have risen beyond popular to mythical, each year attracting the rompish and pious in droves.

January 15, 2016
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Resolution: Vow To Learn More About Wine In 2016

We’re not talking about spring break-drinking here or the kind of drinking one might have done while on tour with an arena rock band in the ’70s. We’re talking about thoughtful drinking, more about tasting than getting your buzz on.

January 2, 2016

Make Spirits Bright With These 5 Cocktail, Wine-Themed Books

Every year about this time I write a column of mini-reviews of wine and spirits books as suggestions for holiday giving. I’ve come across some good ones this year. So let’s get right to it.

November 27, 2015
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Ease Into White Wines With 6 Under $10

There are classic pairings, and there are unconventional pairings that somehow work, but no matter where your dinner or wine-drinking evening is going, white wine is almost always a great place to start.

November 11, 2015

Why You Should Give Merlot Another Look

Merlot was doing just fine for decades until science and the silver screen weighed in — but dismissing a grape based on its reputation is lazy.

October 23, 2015
Wine, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Drink, Alcohol, Bargain, Two Buck Chuck

Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better? Readers Share Blind Tasting Results

Could you tell a $40 wine from a $10 one in a blind tasting? This is the challenge I threw out to readers in a recent wine column.

September 26, 2015

To Decant Or Not To Decant? 3 Reasons To Let That Wine Breathe ASAP

When a big, young wine is exposed to air, it opens up, relaxes, reveals its best self.

September 18, 2015

How To Take Wine Just Seriously Enough

When I was growing up, the wine world seemed tweedy, self-important and exclusive. And maybe it really was, but it doesn’t have to be.

September 5, 2015
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What Wine Pairs With Hot Weather? Here Are 5 Must-Haves

Yes, you can drink wine in hot weather.

August 28, 2015

A Toast To Fitness: Hiking Plus Wine Hits The Spot

Foodies take to the trails in the latest fitness trend. Hiking groups Great Hikes Plus One adds a social element to an old school activity with picnic lunches.

August 12, 2015

Compare French And California Wines, And See What You Learn

This has been a great lesson, not only in different wines, but different cultures.

July 17, 2015

Adventures In The New Santa Barbara Wine Country

Rhone varietals rule in Santa Barbara County. Ballard Canyon is Rhone central. The Santa Maria Valley is a rising chardonnay mecca. The vibe is hip and the energy electric.

June 17, 2015
Wine, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Drink, Alcohol, Bargain, Two Buck Chuck

Uncorked: Great Wines For Less Than $15

No Two Buck Chuck, these evocative and delicious wines are bargain-priced for every palate.

May 13, 2015

Wine Country: Arizona and Virginia

Discover great wines right here in the U.S.

September 19, 2014

Napa Valley, Shaking Off Earthquake, Says It’s Open For Business

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times Only hours after the shaking stopped from the biggest quake to hit Napa Valley in 25 years, the phones at Mike Noel’s Napa, Calif., travel agency began to ring. Anxious clients wondered whether the magnitude 6.0 shaker would derail their visit. “I’ve been telling them that it’s business as […]

August 26, 2014

Wine Could Be Good For Kidneys, Study Suggests

By Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press A glass of wine a day could help prevent kidney disease, a new study concludes. For those who already have kidney disease, wine might protect their hearts. According to a University of Colorado-Denver researcher, people who drank up to one glass of wine a day had a 37 percent […]

April 25, 2014