RECIPE: Holiday Sangria For National Sangria Day (December 20th)

It’s ironic that National Sangria Day is celebrated in the gray cold of winter*, when it’s traditionally considered a summer drink. But December 20th is National Sangria Day, and more sangria fans have been enjoying it year-round. As the recipe below shows, you can easily turn sangria into a winter refreshment. Get seasonal with the…
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RECIPE: Merlot Hot Chocolate & The History Of Merlot

[1] Splash some Merlot into your hot chocolate for a cold weather warm-up (photos #1 and #4 © California Wine Institute). [2] Merlot pairs with many foods, including burgers and pizza (photo © Sutter Home). [3] For an after-work or pre-dinner glass of wine, pair Merlot with your favorite nibbles (photo © Rebelle Restaurant |…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK & GIFT: Sauternes Vinegar From Oliviers & Co

Before we sing the glories of the Sauternes vinegar from Oliviers & Co (photo #1) our Top Pick Of The Week, a few words are required for those who are not familiar with Sauternes wine. Sauternes (saw-TERN) is the great sweet wine of Bordeaux—the great sweet wine of the world. It is made from the…
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FOOD FUN & GIFT: Blue Wine (All Natural!)

[1] The electric blue color will surprise guests, but after a taste, they’ll be delighted (all photos © Amour Geneve). [2] The wine is at home at the beach or a special event. [3] Need a gift for a wine drinker? Here it is! [4] Prepare for July 4th celebrations with a flight of red,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

Because Thanksgiving is the American holiday, we always serve American wines. If you pour just one white wine and one red wine at Thanksgiving, that’s O.K. But for those who want to up their wine-pairing game, here’s a Thanksgiving food and wine pairing guide. Of course, you don’t need to serve a different wine with…
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