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Defend Oaky White Wines and Hug a Barrel

Permit me to rattle my saber a bit and come out and say I am tired of all the criticism of oaky white wines. I love ’em. Especially this time of year, when they are like a warm hug. And you want something that pairs exceptionally well with rich seafood dishes, creamy soups, and even [More]

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Spy vs. Spy: Comparing Two New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs from Spy Valley

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is something I used to find irresistible. Then I got traumatized by countless examples reminiscent of canned green beans. Most unpleasant. So I turned my back on it. It got to the point where, as a wine buyer, one of my sales reps was hesitant to present NZ Sauv Blanc. And, [More]

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The Ultimate Picnic Table, Piles of Pork, and Love for Oaked White Wines

I’m a fan of picnic table design that unobtrusively accommodates ice and white wine. Therefore, I certainly appreciate these clay inserts (pictured) to keep your wine well-chilled. And while visiting  Herdade do Esporão on a press trip, and experiencing some degree of the searing heat of the Alentejo region of Portugal (near the town of [More]

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