Category Archives: ABCs of Vino

Trend Alert: Holiday Party Passings

Last week, I traveled to my day job’s corporate headquarters in Chicago for a conference. As part of the event, there was a cocktail hour, and I was pleased to see modern wine options: Sauvignon Blanc for the white and Pinot Noir … Continue reading

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Wine and Cheese, Please!

Recently, I was asked to help plan a wine and cheese tasting, and my first reaction was ‘oh sh*t!’ I love cheese, I love wine, but I haven’t done a lot of pairing of specific wines with specific cheeses. So … Continue reading

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Pairing Up Argentina Vino

This week, I was able to enjoy one of my favorite events–a multi-course dinner with wine pairings. If you and I ever dine together in the future, please know that I like variety in my food and wine options, so getting to taste … Continue reading

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Navigating the Champagne Aisle

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope your plans to usher in 2012 are coming along swimmingly. If you are throwing or attending a party, sparkling wine may be on your mind. What to choose, what to choose? Sparklers come with … Continue reading

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Kitchen Sinking It

This week was a very interesting wine week for me. But I couldn’t decide on just one theme for this post, so I’m ‘kitchen sinking it’ with all my insights from the week. I hope you find these tips useful! Tip #1 – Get Familiar with … Continue reading

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To Aerate or Not to Aerate, That is the Question

In our instant gratification society, who has the time to let wine breathe? Seriously, when was the last time you opened a bottle, decanted it, and waited up to an hour to let the wine adjust to its new surroundings? I don’t … Continue reading

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Un Paseo Through Spain

Until a few months ago, ‘Tinto’ was the primary term I used when navigating Spanish wines. At each stop on a leisurely stroll (paseo) from tapas bar to tapas bar in Madrid, Sevilla, San Sebastian, etc.; I was typically content with the house red that … Continue reading

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How to Read a German Wine Label

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A German wine label can spark fear in many of us mere mortals. With long, difficult-to-pronounce words at every corner of the label, sometimes it is just easier to pick up another bottle that is easier to understand. However, that would be … Continue reading

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Ode to the Screw Cap

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I’m no poet, but don’t you just feel sorry for the screw cap? Screw caps have a major perception problem in the wine closure world where they always seem to play second fiddle to corks and are often the subject of … Continue reading

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Pinot vs. Pinot

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One grape, two very different styles – Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris barely act like they are related, let alone share the same DNA. If you’ve ever wondered why, this is the post for you! Pinot Gris/Grigio originally mutated from Pinot … Continue reading

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