TIP OF THE DAY: Sauvignon Blanc Styles & Pairings

April 24th is National Sauvignon Blanc Day, a grape that grows easily around the world and makes wines that are popular wherever they are made. Sauvignon Blanc (SAW-vin-yawn BLON) is an AOC-classified* French wine that is planted around the world. Its origin is the eastern part of France’s Loire Valley, where it abuts Burgundy. In…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Popcorn & Wine Pairings

[1] (photo courtesy Hidden Valley). [2] (photo courtesy Coupons.com).[3] Go whole-hog with a pairing flight (photo courtesy Skinnygirl).   For the Oscars on Sunday, how about some popcorn pairing fun? If you typically watch the show with a bowl of popcorn, consider moving past the beer and soda in favor of wine pairings. Wine and…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Affordable Rose Bubbly For Valentine’s Day

Check the price of Champagne. Even the lowest-level brands are Now look at our three recommendations for rose sparkling wine (once called “pink Champagne): The first is $13.99; the latter are in the $18.99 range. Why is this a bargain? These are sweeter styles, perfect to enjoy as an aperitif, with chocolates or desserts, even…
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VALENTINE’S DAY: Three Wonderful Food Gifts

[1] [2] [3] The Valentine gift box from VineBox, with artisan chocolate bars from Ritual Chocolate.   You could search all over town without finding wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts like these—one with zero calories! There’s no need leave home to get them. Just click below to order these online. 1. FOR THE WINE DRINKER: A…
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GIFT OF THE DAY: White Chocolate Polar Bears

Mom, dad and the kids are adorable…but not too adorable to eat! Photos courtesy Woodhouse Chocolate.   They may be too old for Teddy bears and Winnie The Pooh, but no one is too old for these chocolate polar bears from Woodhouse Chocolate of Napa Valley, one of our favorite chocolate artisans. Give just one…
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