Tips on Ordering Wine

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Some people say that navigating a wine list is as intimidating as public speaking — it doesn’t have to be! Here are some tips that will help make ordering wine a more pleasant experience. Tip 1: Order by the glass or by the bottle? At many restaurants and bars, wines offered by the glass tend…

Actors and Directors in Wine, Part I

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  There seems to be an ever-growing union between celebrities and wine. It makes sense – both are rich, and are often complex; but, while most celebs just like to sip and swirl, there are more than a few who have taken their grape fascination to the next level, investing in labels, or even starting…

What Does a Cork Tell You

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Wine Expert Stephanie Caraway discusses what a cork can reveal about a bottle of wine

Riesling Sweetness Scale

Wine Expert Stephanie Carraway discusses a new “sweetness” scale US Riesling producers have introduced to help consumers find Rieslings that suit their tastes — from dry to sweet. For information on the episode featuring Finger Lakes Rieslings, click Episode Guide: Ranking Rieslings from the Finger Lakes.

Buying Wine: Getting the Most for Your Dollar

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Here are some suggestions for getting the most for your wine dollar. Think big. The more specific a wine’s appellation (e.g. the Dundee Hills AVA which lies within Oregon’s Willamette Valley AVA), the more expensive it’s likely to be. Look for wines that come from a great region (Sonoma Coast, Napa Valley, Burgundy, Languedoc etc.),…

What is Biodynamic Wine?

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We’ve all seen it – a wine list marked with asterisks indicating a wine is “biodynamic.” Is this just a fancy way of saying “organic?” Not exactly, but it does mean that the wine was probably made with organic methods and, usually, then some… Many winemakers both in the US and abroad have been frustrated…

Food Pairing Tip: Go Local

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Wine Expert Stephanie Caraway shares some food pairing advice

To Decant or Not?

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The debate over whether and when to decant wine has heated up in the past few years. Generally, decanting a wine simply refers to transferring the wine from its bottle into another serving vessel. For a young tannic wine (like a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Nebbiolo for example), decanting the wine infuses it with more…

Rosé, Frequently Misunderstood

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Wine Expert Stephanie Carraway provides insight on this often misunderstood summertime favorite.

The Colonial Roots of the US Wine Industry

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“We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good…” Thomas Jefferson, 1776 In 1562, Jean Ribault arrived in North America, leading an expedition to establish a haven for Protestants from France. They founded Fort Caroline, the…