TIP OF THE DAY: Halloween Party Wines

For a Halloween party idea—or to augment the gathering you’ve already planned—look for holiday-themed bottles of wine. There are dozens of choices available nationwide—typically the winery’s existing wines with special labels. The Church Of Halloween presents 51 different wines with Halloween-theme labels. Some examples: Cabernet Sauvignon: Bat’s Blood, Chateau du Vampire, Freakshow Chardonnay: Bewitched, Ghostly…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Wine & Cake For A Dessert Party…Or Just Dessert!

Want a dessert party that’s different? How about a wine and cake tasting? As with any other food and wine, the right pairings enhance the enjoyment of both components. So as not to stress the budget, you can make it a co-op party, assigning different cakes and wines to the participants. Select five or so…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Have A Rosé Wine Tasting

Top: Rosé is a style of wine, not a particular grape varietal or wine region. This photo shows a Sancerre, a wine made in the eastern Loire Valley of France in the area around Sancerre, an ancient hilltop town. While white Sancerre is made from the [white] Sauvignon Blanc grape, red Sancerre and rosé Sancerre…
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VALENTINE’S DAY: Drink Pink

Chandon California Rosé is a sparkling rosé wine that’s less than half the price ($24) of a French rosé Champagne. The company also makes Sparkling Red from Zinfandel ($30), Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé ($35) and Etoile Rosé ($50). Photo courtesy Chandon.   Heading out to the liquor store to pick up a bottle for Valentine’s…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: Robert Mondavi’s Birthday

Today’s the day to pick up a bottle or two of Robert Mondavi wine. It’s Mondavi’s 100th birthday (June 18, 1913 – May 16, 2008). The American wine pioneer and innovator made technical improvements and developed marketing strategies that brought worldwide recognition for the wines of California’s Napa Valley. Until then, California wines “got no…
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