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Pairing Wine With 50 Bacon-Wrapped Dates

I can’t help but think of Cool Hand Luke (“Nobody can eat 50 eggs.”) when I heard about Pintxo‘s challenge to eat 50 bacon-wrapped dates in 30 minutes. That’s three pounds of bacon, dates, and goat cheese. If you are in Seattle and want to enter and/or witness this eating event, it’s part of Pintxo’s [More]

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Sunday Brunch With Bacon and Eggs Plus a Sparkling Rosé Discovery

A complete Easter Sunday brunch with friends should include not only bacon and eggs but also sparkling rosé. The Aimery Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé is so totally in my wheelhouse. Pale and very dry, it cuts right through your smoky, eggy, cheesy, rich brunch fare with enthusiasm. If you’re wondering what the “1531” refers [More]

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Piquepoul Please

Though my heart clearly belongs to Muscadet, I am also fond of another French white wine with oysters: Piquepoul. (You may also see it as Picpoul.) It’s a grape you’ll find in Southern France and, like Muscadet, makes a very lively, dry, oyster-loving wine. A squeeze of lemon or a splash of a red wine [More]

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Make Friends with Magnums of Pépière Muscadet

Why should red wine have all the fun? Thankfully, you can get Pépière Muscadet in magnums. And not just any Muscadet, but the old-vine, single-vineyard Clos des Briords. Muscadet, from the western edge of France’s Loire Valley, is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape. Not only is it the ultimate oyster wine, it is also [More]

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The Significant Charms of White Wine from Côtes de Gascogne

I have had a major crush on the white wines from the Côtes de Gascogne in Southwestern France for a long time. Particularly the ones based on a blend of the grapes Ugni Blanc and Colombard. What’s funny about these grapes is that they are used to make the famous powerhouse, high-octane spirits Cognac and [More]

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My Book Club Only Reads Wine Labels Tote

Source: via Jameson on Pinterest   I think we’ve all been in a book club or two like this. (And not that it’s a bad thing.) And if your book club only reads wine labels, here’s one I recommend: Who wouldn’t want a visit from a Chateauneuf du Pape-bearing angel? (And I’m not going [More]

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Sancerre and Goat Cheese Forever

There are few pairings more compelling than Sancerre and goat cheese, and few wine regions more swoon-worthy than France’s Loire Valley. I almost died with excitement when I was invited by the Loire Valley Wine Bureau on a whirlwind tour of this most diverse wine region. Arguably the pinnacle of Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre combines bracing [More]

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Checking in on the 2000 Chasse-Spleen Bordeaux

I had forgotten about a bottle of the 2000 Chasse-Spleen Bordeaux I had squirreled away at my Mom’s house in Reno. (Thanks, Mom!) It was my most successful find from a day of scavenging liquor stores in Reno for overlooked gems. Probably the first thing you’re thinking is, “Why is there spleen in my wine?” [More]

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