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Holidays a family affair for Morgan Winery

Holidays a family affair for Morgan Winery | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
After graduating from UC Davis in 1978, Dan Morgan Lee bypassed Napa and set his sights on the wine country of Monterey for the rare chance to be a winemaker straight out of school. He's been there ever since.
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The best wines for casseroles

The best wines for casseroles | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
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Dreaming of a Wine Christmas?

Dreaming of a Wine Christmas? | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
The gift-giving season is in full swing. For those looking to impress a wine enthusiast, it’s a daunting time. Department stores offer little that would please an oenophile, and the staff at Best Buy doesn’t know a thing about wine.
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Reflections on Chappellet cabernet sauvignon

Reflections on Chappellet cabernet sauvignon | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
There's nothing defective about this wine; it's the style I'm lamenting. Without a doubt, there is a market for the 2008 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley. But it's one crowded with replicas from wine regions around the world.
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All I want for Christmas is a 200 bottle of wine

All I want for Christmas is a 200 bottle of wine | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
For those anxiously contemplating what to give moi for Christmas, a bottle of Opus One will do nicely.
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Food Lover's Guide to Wine

Food Lover's Guide to Wine | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
In a frenzied and scholarly approach, the team scoured the country for the best sommeliers from coast to coast, where they gleaned insights and secrets from dozens of cellar zealots who cumulatively represent decades of training and experience.
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Wine and chocolate: A complex relationship

Wine and chocolate: A complex relationship | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
Fine chocolate and wine make a great marriage if you can get them to be friends first.
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Author's thirst for bargain wines unquenched

Author's thirst for bargain wines unquenched | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
In the world of wine, Natalie MacLean, with her bright sense of humour and nose for a bargain, is a breath of fresh air.
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Wine of the Week: Domaine du Salvard 2010 Cheverny

Wine of the Week: Domaine du Salvard 2010 Cheverny | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
There is SO much wine in the aisles of Houston's wine shops these days. From Spec's to Richard's, from Whole Foods toCentral Market, from the Tasting Room to my personal favorite, the Houston Wine Merchant, the number of choices on the shelves can be simply overwhelming -- even for a wine professional like me.
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2011 gift guide: The wine and spirits bookshelf

2011 gift guide: The wine and spirits bookshelf | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
For: Anyone who lingers for 20 seconds in front of the beer cooler. The details: The Oxford companions might not be the most scintillating reading, but they are essentials for whichever field they cover.
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Italian wine from New Zealand: Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc

Italian wine from New Zealand: Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it

Italians are some of the best cultural influencers on the wine world. French abroad tend to either shoot for greatness or discover the true meaning of the local terroir, and both are admirable. But Italians abroad, in my experience, tend to try to make wines that go with dinner.

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100 Best Champagnes for 2011: FINE Champagne Magazine Selected the World’s Best Champagne

100 Best Champagnes for 2011: FINE Champagne Magazine Selected the World’s Best Champagne | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
Essi Avellan, Master of Wine, conducted an extensive review of champagnes in her beautiful magazine, FINE Champagne. Rare, the top Cuvee from Piper Heidsieck was unanimously voted as the best in view of all its qualities, and was the number one wine of both the final and semi-final blind tastings.
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A lovely wine dinner focusing on Champagne and Bordeaux

A lovely wine dinner focusing on Champagne and Bordeaux | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it

Headed over to brother-in-law Beavington’s place for a joint birthday celebration (ours are 6 days apart, but he is a year older than me). We had some fabulous wines.

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Christmas wine guide

Christmas wine guide | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about Christmas wine, from which bottles to buy as presents, to how to mull it and what to open on the big day.
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Champagne And Sparkling Wine Bargains For The Holidays - Forbes

Champagne And Sparkling Wine Bargains For The Holidays - Forbes | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
Fortunately there are plenty of options for those of who want a champagne or near-champagne experience on more of a beer budget.
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Cheers to a $30 wine: Why price isn't always proportional to quality

Cheers to a $30 wine: Why price isn't always proportional to quality | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
By all means, spend $300 if you’ve got the dough and want the best of the best.
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Wine of the Week: It's Bubble Time!

Wine of the Week: It's Bubble Time! | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
Bubbles, bubbles everywhere, and lots of drops to drink...
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Consumerism Drives JV Wine & Spirit’s Philosophy

Consumerism Drives JV Wine & Spirit’s Philosophy | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it

The days are getting shorter, the yard's been raked and it's time to snuggle up by the fire place with a glass of a rich, robust red wine.

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These new wine books go down easy

These new wine books go down easy | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
With the holidays approaching, it’s time to recommend books to give the wine lovers on your list. Here are my top picks from among wine books released this year.
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Wines are perfect for gift giving

Wines are perfect for gift giving | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
As a sommelier, I find that wine can be the best (or worst) gift under my tree. With that in mind, my goal here is to provide a short list of five wines that would please the palates of everyone on your gift list from novice drinkers to the most serious connoisseurs.
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In Australia, Ed more than just froth and bubble

In Australia, Ed more than just froth and bubble | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it

ED Carr, Accolade Wine’s long term sparkling winemaker, is a one-man industry. He clearly produces the finest most internationally styled (read Champagne) wines in Australia – and perhaps in Australasia.

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A Wine For Wall Street This Season,

A Wine For Wall Street This Season, | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
When wine maker Dave Phinney was looking for a label for his latest Zinfandel blended wine, he looked no further than an etching by Spanish artist Francisco Jose de Goya (1746-1828).
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2011 gift guide: A wine for everyone on your list

2011 gift guide: A wine for everyone on your list | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
The only thing more challenging than matching the right drink to the right person in your life? Doing it during the holidays. Because we know that Mom only wants the Sauvignon Blanc in the pretty green bottle, and your...
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There's no need to stand on ceremony with port – just treat it like any other wine.

There's no need to stand on ceremony with port – just treat it like any other wine. | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
Port drinkers fall neatly into two groups: the ones who are mesmerised by its generous, fruitcake-rich scents and intense, lingering flavours; and those who seem to delight rather more in the ceremony that surrounds it. You know, all that port etiquette – sediment searches by candlelight, extreme decanting, passing the blinking bottle to the left.
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Washington Syrahs full of savory spice

Washington Syrahs full of savory spice | A Wine for Valentine's Day... | Scoop.it
The best of Washington's Syrah and Rhone-style reds are clearly in fine form with the 2009 vintage. After a brief worry about their turn to the sweeter side, most top wines are brimming with savory spice and fine fruit...
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