Cynthia Ribeiro-Richter

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3 Quick Makeover Tips to Revive Your Boring Sofa - The Accent™

You see it again. You've struggled to ignore it, but the fact that your sofa just ain't what it used to be is starting to really, really bother you. …

The Guaranteed Way to Make a Perfect Gallery Wall, Every Time - The Accent™

A nice gallery wall can really do wonders for a space. And there are several different ways you could go in hanging one. There’s the clean, totally …

This Formula for Combining Throw Pillows Is Foolproof - The Accent™

<i>Via Caitlin Wilson Textiles. (Do these even go together…?!)</i><p>I’m happy to report that picking matching throw pillows doesn’t have to be a big mystery. …

Room Design Hints To Help You Along The Decorating Path

It’s hard to describe the interior design process in a way that encompasses all the possible options and includes all the rooms and styles. Although …

Tips for Small Living Room - Quiet Corner

Small Living Room Tips<p>1. Clear the clutter<p>In a small space, you can’t afford to have excess clutter fighting for space. If you have a big clutter …

Italy's Philosopher-Genius of Wine

Josko Gravner is one of Italy's most idiosyncratic, brilliant winemakers. I tasted seven vintages of his amphora-aged Ribolla. Here's a …

The Chenin Blanc Wine Guide

It’s hard not to love Chenin Blanc. It is versatile in style and sweetness and has the ability to adapt to a wide variety of tastes. We have lithe, …

Pairings Pictured: Wines to Drink with Oysters

<b>Note from the Artist:</b> In this series, I want to share a quick insight into wines that are great for the season and the foods they love to spend time with. Enjoy!<p>With the ocean waters cooling in the Northern Hemisphere, and seafood getting firmer as a result, the "R" months are prime time to enjoy …

A Beginner's Guide to Portuguese Wine

More Wine Guides<p>Spanish Wine »<br>Italian Wine »<br>French Wine »<p>Walking into my local wine shop a few months ago, I noticed signs for Italy, France, and Spain hanging above the rows of wine, but I couldn't see one for Portugal. "Can you point me to the Portuguese wine section?" I inquired, ready to …

What's the Difference Between Jam, Jelly, Compote, and Conserve?

More Jam Intel<p>Right this way »<p>Until the good fairy Electricity entered the scene with her sophisticated appliances like refrigerators and freezers, jarring, picking, and preserving food was more than a locavore's hobby—it was a way of life. Buying strawberries from Mexico in the dead of winter just …

How to Make Italian-Style Eggplant Parm (Melanzane alla Parmigiana)

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Having grown up in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, back when kids still played stickball in the streets and old ladies spent their days watching the cars go by while resting on …

Ask a Sommelier: Wine Ordering Tips

It's often a little intimidating to face a big wine list and an expert sommelier, so many of us just point to something safe on the list. But is that the tastiest wine for the meal we ordered? Is there something else we might enjoy more? We asked a few sommeliers from around the country for their …

5 Napa Vintners React to the 6.0 Earthquake

Napa Valley residents were jolted from sleep at 3:20 a.m. yesterday by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake centered six miles south of the acclaimed wine …

Drinking Out Loud

You would think that the most challenging element of wine is tasting it. After all, if you want to get some sort of credential such as a Master …

Wine & Spirits

The Best of New Zealand Pinot Noir

Sometimes it almost seems possible to taste the beauty of a place when we're sipping a wine. If this were <i>actually</i> possible, instead of just being a …

The Serious Eats Cheese and Wine Pairing Cheat Sheet

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>It's New Year's Eve, and your guests are about to come tumbling in. You set out bowls of salty snacks and a grand platter of cheeses. There's creamy white chèvre, a Stilton, some Brie, nutty aged Gruyère, tangy …

Increase Your Vocabulary with Wine Words

Wine tasting is more fun when you pick out flavors. Flavor picking is a lot like remembering adjectives or famous people’s names; they might be on …

Famous Wine Blends

<i>If you made your own wine blend, what would you make?</i><p>Check out the classic white and red wine blends from around the world.<p>Creating the blend might …

Listen to the Wine Cat. It Knows What’s Up.

what is “terroir” and why should I care?

Okie-dokie, before we get started, it’s probably best to get the pronunciation of terroir word out of the way before we move on with the rest of the …

You Bet Your Blauburgunder: Exploring Austrian Pinot Noir

Hello from Vienna, Austria, where I am spending a few days wandering around what has to be the greatest indoor wine tasting venue on the planet, the …

A Guide to the Post Wine Blog Era

The world of wine media has changed greatly in the 10 years since I began my wine blog, Vinography.com. By the end of 2004 there were perhaps a dozen …

Blaufränkisch is Best Before Breakfast

In the pantheon of wine grapes, a precious few are revered for what some refer to as their transparency to terroir. By this, we mean the degree to …

Weingut Veyder-Malburg, Wachau, Austria: Current Releases

In Austria's Wachau valley, it's hard to pay attention to what winemakers tell you, especially when they're talking with you in a vineyard. The …

Will Climate Change be the Death of Cork?

There's a lot of talk these days about the impacts of climate change on wine. Weather patterns are shifting, volatility of weather continues to …

The King of Zweigelt: The Wines of Umathum, Burgenland

Austria, for good reasons, continues to be better known around the world for its white wines than its reds. It's hard to compete with such an …

The Great White South: An Introduction to Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

One of the world's greatest white wines is also one of its least known. The wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape generally cross a wine lover's radar at some …

What am I tasting?

Every two weeks, we post a real <i>Wine Spectator</i> tasting note. Read the description carefully, noting the color, tastes, aromas and other important …