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Oppose 100% Tariffs on European Wine (and More!)

If you haven’t head about the plan to levy 100% tariffs on European wine (and cheese, whiskey, olive oil, and more food products), you have until January 13th, 2020 to express your displeasure. This will be a disaster for wineries, importers, distributors, restaurants, and retail shops. My friend Jeremy Parzen of Do Bianchi has written [More]

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2018: A Look Back on a Lot of Stuff

I’m perusing all my posts from the year. Won’t you join me on a little journey back in time? I started off the year with some wine resolutions. Did I keep them? What were they again? I put my cards on the table while recording a segment for the awesome Snacky Tunes podcast. (They talk [More]

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Featured Foodie On Key Ingredient

I am honored to be this week’s Featured Foodie on Key Ingredient. Find out what I was doing in 2004 (hint: a cubical was involved) when I started blogging and whether or not Thunderbird was part of my wine repertoire. (I know you wouldn’t judge, regardless. Right?) 0

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Sud de France Sunday: Let it Breathe

Drinking the 2006 Robert Skalli Reserve Cabernet from the Sud de France reminded me how much decanting can benefit a wine. At first, the Skalli was smooth but a little too dominated by oak. After an hour in the decanter, the oak had subsided and I was left with a rich cab with mellow tannins. [More]

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Sud de France Sunday: Red or White?

So I’m going to a potluck later today and have this working in the crockpot: Pumpkin Chicken thighs rubbed with smoked, dried chile powder and cumin Onion Garlic A bit of red curry sauce So what wine with this dish? At first I was contemplating a richer-style white, but with that bit of powerful tomato-based [More]

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A Few Thoughts on the Wines of Chile Blogger Tasting

It was great to acknowledge, celebrate, and toast the rescued Chilean miners. It was serendipitous that our tasting of Chilean wines took place as the last miners were safely above ground. Our Master of Ceremonies, Sommelier Fred Dexheimer, rightly pointed out the diversity and uniqueness of all the red blends we tried. Chile not only [More]

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I Finally Write About Sparkling Vouvray

Jump to the Foodista blog, where I take a stroll down memory lane. A tale of Chicago and Vouvray! 0

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Chilean Red Blends: Upcoming Blogger Tasting

Here are the wines for the October 13th event. I’ll be one of dozens of wine bloggers focusing on this great lineup of Chilean Red Blends. The last one, which was all Chilean Sauv Blancs, was a blast; I think everyone participating turned it into a party with food and friends present. I’m working on [More]

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