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Ask a Sommelier: The Best Wine for Thai Food

Can you pair wine with Thai food? Say you're eating spicy duck larb, a fresh green papaya salad with chilies, fish sauce, and lime juice, plus rich pad thai with shrimp, and a green curry with eggplant. Is there a wine that will taste good with all those dishes? We asked our crew of sommeliers for …

Pairings Pictured: Wines to Drink With Chinese Food

When it comes to pairing wine with Chinese food, it's important to think about the weight and preparation of the food, not just the more obvious flavors and ingredients. Many dishes depend on a complex blending of flavors to create a delicately balanced dish. In this way, the individual ingredients …

Ask a Sommelier: Can You Pair Wine and Chocolate?

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>Every Valentine's Day, the question comes up again: wine is romantic, and chocolate is romantic, but is it romantic to enjoy these two things together? Does wine go with chocolate? What kind of wine? We asked a few pros about the ins …

Top 10 most powerful wine brands 2013

Every year nearly 10,000 drinks brands are analysed by Intangible Business in partnership with <i>the drinks business</i> to produce the Power Brands 100 – …

Ask a Sommelier: What Makes a Great Wine List?

One of the most important tasks of a wine director is creating and managing a restaurant's wine list. But what sets apart a just-ok list from a great one? How does a wine director go about choosing wines and making a great list? We asked sommeliers from around the country for their thoughts.<p>"I …

Ask a Sommelier: What's Your Favorite Sparkling Wine?

Real Champagne is one of our favorite wines on the planet. But sometimes you want bubbles on a budget, and Champagne's just not an option. We spoke to sommeliers from across the country and asked them what sparkling wines they recommend beyond Champagne. Here's what they had to say...<p>"Around the …

Blue Danube's Eric Danch on Wine in Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and More

When I moved to the Bay area last year, I expected to find restaurants mostly focused on wines from nearby California wineries. What I didn't anticipate: a wine community with growing enthusiasm for lesser-known regions, thanks in no small part to <b>Eric Danch</b>, Northern California sales manager for …

Wallet-Friendly Wine: New Tendu Red from Matthiasson

Game day doesn't tend to really be much of a wine-drinking kind of affair, but in any crowd, there are bound to be those people who'd prefer a glass of white or red instead of a bottle of IPA. And sometimes those folks can put away more than just a glass or two. Enter the recently released wines by …

Wine Tasting in Northern AZ - Jerome / Page Springs

01 of 09<p>Wine Tasting in North Central Arizona<p>People who enjoy wine tasting and vineyard tours might be surprised to learn that in Arizona we have a …

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Holiday Wine Pairing Advice: What to Drink With Ham, Lamb, Prime Rib, and More

If you're planning a Christmas dinner menu and making a list, you might have forgotten one important ingredient: the wine. It's worth picking up a few bottles now so you're not stuck with just the choices at your grocery store when you go to get that last-minute stick of butter. (Who are we …

Perfect Party Wine: Sparkling Wine Under $20

With the holiday season in full swing, I am reminded why sparkling wines are by far my favorite. Bubbles aren't just festive—they're also among the most versatile food-friendly wines you can find. Pour sparkling wine with appetizers, dinner, and the midnight toast: your glass should never to be …

Ask a Sommelier: The Best Wine for Roast Chicken

Every once in a while, a simple roast chicken at home just hits the spot. Want to make the meal even better? Serve your perfect bird with a great bottle of wine. We asked our sommelier friends for a few tips on the best bottles to open when you're serving roast chicken. Here are their …

Wine Lover’s Guide to Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley

For lovers of Zinfandel, Italian grapes, Rhone varietals, and crisp whites, there's no better place to visit than Dry Creek Valley, California, the …

Christina Turley on California Wine

We recently chatted with Christina Turley of Turley Wine Cellars about how she got into the wine business and what she's drinking lately. In today's installment, she shares her thoughts on what's new in California wine, up-and-coming winery projects to seek out, and where to look for the best value …

This Animated Map Shows America's Growing Thirst For Wine Over The Last Twenty Years

Wine has enjoyed a renaissance in the U.S. in the last twenty years. Wine consumption varies from state to state, but across America, wine drinking has become more popular over the last two decades.<p>Vinepair, a blog dedicated to discussing and popularizing wine, made an animated map beautifully …

California Wine: Why Size Doesn't Matter

Title<p>California Wine: Why Size Doesn't Matter<p>George Yatchisin writes about food, wine, and cocktails from Santa Barbara, where he lives with his …

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Wine Wednesday: 7 refreshing warm-weather reds

It's finally starting to warm up enough to sip wine on the patio, but those cooler evening temperatures keep us reaching for bottles of red instead of a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Mandy Oser, owner of Ardesia wine bar in New York City, shares her picks for affordable red wines ($15 or less) that bridge …

Wine shines during Easter, Passover

From the point of view of religion, this is wine drinking's annual high-water mark. Easter isn't Easter without its dinner of lamb or ham and their wines; Passover isn't Pesach without the mandated four cups of wine during the Seder and then more afterward to wash down the brisket. Here's betting …

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Wine Reaches French Riviera

The wine is now on sale in the 1862 Wines & Spirits shop, situated opposite the old Port of Cannes, in a prime location for superyachts on the world …

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What’s in Your Wine?

It’s time to take a look at wine's lengthy list of ingredients.<p>Beyond the sulfites, winemakers don’t have to tell you everything that goes into your …

2013 Bordeaux Barrel Tasting

<i>Updated April 8, 2014. New blogs and notes will be posted regularly throughout the tastings.</i><p>18 Reviews of 2013 Bordeaux Dessert Wines<br>• 30 Reviews of …

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Bordeaux's 2011 wines have reached stores, but despite a wide selection of excellent ageable and accessible reds (see James Molesworth's tasting …

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Lee Hudson can grow pretty much anything he wants in his highly regarded Carneros vineyard, and he does. Albariño, Arneis, Greco, Ribolla Gialla, …

Drinking Out Loud

PORTO, Portugal—Every December in <i>Wine Spectator</i>’s final issue of the year, I write a column titled “My Wines of the Year.” Typically, it’s just a …

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On my first day in Victoria, the cool-climate capital of Australia, I went up to Heathcote to see what Michel Chapoutier has been up to. …

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Argentina's Wineries Grapple with Economic Difficulties

In recent months, the Argentina peso has fallen in value by 30 percent against the U.S. dollar. This change, coupled with dramatic inflation rates, …