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New Wine Destination: Texas

For Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of visiting family in the Hill Country of Texas between San Antonio and Austin. Believe it or not, Texas is now the fifth largest wine producing state in the U.S. (behind Cali, NY, Washington, and Oregon), … Continue reading

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WWG Primer: Washington State

With some friends recently traveling to Seattle for a work trip, I’ve been inspired to put that city and Washington State in focus this week. The timing to enjoy Washington’s best exports–its big reds– seems appropriate too, as early autumn is putting an extra crispness … 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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A Boy From Oz

A year and a half after visiting Australia for the first time, it looks like I’m still looking for the same thing – a boy from Oz! Yes, I like my wines from Australia to possess a big, bold, almost masculine … Continue reading

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Trend Alert: Art/Wine

Going to art shows with a glass of wine in hand is one thing, but it looks like the new trend in art/wine is a much more hands-on experience. Yes, art studios around the country are providing patrons an opportunity … 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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Help Wanted on a Weekend Getaway to SW Michigan

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In a couple weeks, I will be heading to a wedding in Southwest Michigan near New Buffalo. Less than two hours from downtown Chicago in light traffic, this area of the country offers a quiet respite for Midwesterners looking to escape city life … Continue reading

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3 Easy Rules to Pairing Wine With Food

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Most of the time, I open a bottle of wine to enjoy it with one of my other favorite things – food. However, if you’re anything like me, figuring out what wine to pair with what dish can be a somewhat … Continue reading

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Lesson 1: Tasting Like a Pro

In my first sommelier class, we covered a wide variety of topics from the history of wine to a multitude of growing conditions and other factors that affect wine-making. However, for a wine-lover who plans to spend most of my time drinking, … Continue reading

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Cali Trip Day 4 – Santa Barbara Wine Country

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Santa Barbara County Wineries After sleeping in and enjoying some grub at Pete’s Pierside Cafe in Avila Beach, it was time to get back to wine-tasting. This time, the WWG headed south to Santa Barbara county, the area immortalized in the … Continue reading

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