How to Read a Wine Label

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Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re all set to purchase a bottle of wine, but you’re overwhelmed by the variety. A bottle catches your eye. Maybe it’s the label, or the shape, or the color. You pick it up and read, and then put it back because you’re not entirely sure what you just… Read more »

Wine Tasting Basics

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First, go to a wine tasting. Second, get a glass of wine. Third, taste the wine. Enjoy! Seriously though, while it can be that simple, knowing a few wine tasting basics will help you appreciate the experience even more. Once you’ve gotten a taste for tastings (so to speak) at local wineries or pubs, try… Read more »

What’s the Deal with Rye Whiskey?

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What is it; how is it different; and why am I hearing about it all the time? If you’ve ever been confused by the chorus of the epic 1970s song “American Pie”—good ol’ boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye—you should be. Rye is a type of whiskey, so that line never made sense to generations… Read more »

9 Pretty Ways to Serve Sangria

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I’m not going to lie — I love a good shortcut when I’m entertaining. Pre-diced veggies to save time in the kitchen? Sign me up. Boxed cake mix? I’m so there. When you’re entertaining you want to focus on your guests having a great time, and, let’s face it, you want people to think you’ve… Read more »

Wine storage 101

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Walking into a fancy wine cellar feels like invading a museum after hours: the hushed tones, chilly air, mood lighting, and the way the wine is laid out protectively like precious ancient pottery. Most of us don’t have that kind of space or those kinds of funds. We might have a few wines we want… Read more »

Video: Best Wines to Bring as a Guest

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Chef Ashton Keefe and World Wine Guys Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen discuss how to make a great first impression on your hosts by bringing the perfect bottle of wine. Also read: How to Wrap Your Wine Bottle as a Double Gift

How to Wrap Your Wine Bottle as a Double Gift

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I think we can all agree that a bottle of wine is gift enough, but maybe you want to step up your wine giving game a little. Forego the traditional wine bag and get creative with these fun wine wrap ideas! Fashionable wine wraps Going to a friend’s for a girls’ night? They will love… Read more »