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Can You Warm Up Your Winter With White Wine?

Can’t blame this cat for hesitating to go outside. It’s dreary and rainy here in Seattle, though thankfully not apocalyptically cold like in other parts of the country. This is the time when, wine-wise, you look to warm up with the deepest and richest of reds. Or perhaps a glass of fortified wine, like Port? [...]

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Lemon Cucumber Salad and Verdejo Will Defeat the Summer Heat

Hey, it’s over 80 degrees in Seattle. Which means two things for me: rotating in a lemon cucumber salad to my ovenless/stoveless summer cooking repertoire and complaining about the heat. See, when the thermometer breaks 79, many folks in Seattle (me included) treat this event like we’ve got triple digit heat. I can’t believe I [...]

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For Spanish White Wine, X Marks The Spot

I can’t say that I was familiar with the Spanish white wine grape called Xarel-lo (pronounced “char-el-oh”). I just knew it as one of the three main grapes in Spanish sparking wine (Cava) along with Macabeo and Parellada. Thankfully, while on a trip to Spain sponsored by Segura Viudas, I learned a lot about Xarel-lo [...]

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Sparkling Spanish Wine: A Trip to Cava Country

Loyal readers will know of my penchant for bubbles, and sparkling Spanish wine is no exception. That’s why I’m really excited to be headed to Spain to check out its contribution to sparkling wine: Cava. I’ll be visiting Segura Viudas (who is the sponsor of this media trip) in Penedès, near Barcelona. And as a [...]

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For This Mimosa Recipe, Step Aside OJ

While contemplating the selection of juices from Juicebox at my local farmers market, I will admit to thinking about a mimosa recipe or two. See, I have nothing against orange juice. I love it, and drink it every morning. But Juicebox’s offbeat offerings had me wondering what would work with sparkling wine. So with a [...]

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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 [...]

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Chickpea Dumplings and Verdejo Will Make Your Day

You may want a nap after, but the thought of eating 3 or 4 (dozen) chickpea dumplings along with a glass of Verdejo has been haunting me (in a good way) since my recent lunch at Revel in Seattle. Chickpea, roasted cauliflower, and mustard yogurt make for a flavorful, yet not too spicy, dumpling. Hailing [...]

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Two of My Favorite Value Wines to Bring to a Party

When it comes to my favorite value wines to bring to a party, I find myself coming back again and again to the MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc and the Tres Picos Garnacha from Borsao. From South Africa, the MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc has surprising richness for being so humble in price. It’s a taste of [...]

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Wines I Tasted Yesterday

2008 Nora Albariño (Spain): I recall previous vintages of this wine having a bit too much RS for my liking, but this was really racy. 2008 Las Brisas (Spain): Verdejo/Viura/Sauvignon Blanc blend. This is the kind of $10ish white from Spain that I love; bracing and gulpable. 2007 Corvidae “Rook” (Columbia Valley, WA/OR): This line [...]

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