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Taking the perspective that my glass - like life - can always be full!
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Quake Costs Napa Wine Industry $80 million | Wine News & Features

Quake Costs Napa Wine Industry $80 million | Wine News & Features | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Quake Costs Napa Wine Industry $80 million. Total damages were much less than feared as it appears the main losses were in bulk wine
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What We Really Taste When We Drink Wine - The New Yorker

What We Really Taste When We Drink Wine - The New Yorker | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Two glasses sit side by side on the table, each filled midway up with red wine. On the bottom of each stem is a white piece of paper. One reads “Wine A”; the other, “Wine B.” I, along with approximately one hundred and thirty others, have a simple assignment: taste both wines and rate their tastes from one (worst) to ten (best), then write down which we think is more expensive. We aren’t allowed to comment out loud or talk with our neighbors. What—and how—will we choose? And will those rankings match the rankings and prices of the actual wines inside each glass?
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This interests me when I think about how experience is created.  From my understanding, there can be no "blind" wine tasting experiences because a thinking creature (in a certain state of mind) is doing the tasting.  Just encourages me to have an open mind when I open the next bottle!  Cheers!

 

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A Cheater's Guide to Good, Cheap French Wine - Hungry Crowd | Food & Wine

A Cheater's Guide to Good, Cheap French Wine - Hungry Crowd | Food & Wine | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Olivier Magny, owner of Paris's O Chateau Wine Bar and School, shares his favorite value bottles and wine regions in France.
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I hope we can find these "finds" in Virginia. 

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Un Noël tout au champagne - LaDépêche.fr

Un Noël tout au champagne - LaDépêche.fr | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
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Aucune liqueur de dosage n'a été infiltrée lors de la dernière étape de fabrication du champagne. Et du coup, le breuvage est très vif en bouche.
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Proof - Champagne goes with everything - now we can have it everyday, with different pairing.
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10 Best Cities for Wine Lovers

10 Best Cities for Wine Lovers | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Finding outstanding wine can often require serious legwork.
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Have passport will travel (and again to 5 of the 11 cities)!  Cheers!

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Drinking Out Loud | The Six Essential Wine Words | Plus "Enjoy" Yourself

Drinking Out Loud | The Six Essential Wine Words | Plus "Enjoy" Yourself | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Wine Spectator columnist Matt Kramer explains the six most important words, or values, in wine: Finesse, Harmony, Layers, Detail, Fatigue and Surprise.
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Part of the enjoyment of wine is sharing in conversation, and talking about the wines you're drinking.  Add "Enjoy" to your list.  Cheers!

 

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Santa Barbara’s Best in Class | Food & Wine

Santa Barbara’s Best in Class | Food & Wine | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
How to become a master sommelier: Sommeliers Brian McClintic and Eric Railsback teach writer David Katz about grape variety, alcohol level and age.
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Worth a peek 'n a sip!   Look for wines from Santa Barbara - great choices!

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Discover the Rosé Wines of Provence | Which CDP Wine Family is behind Château Miraval

Discover the Rosé Wines of Provence | Which CDP Wine Family is behind Château Miraval | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Provence tours allow you to discover a region with beautiful scenery and many touristic delights. It is also one of France’s leading wine regions, and in the production of rosé wine, Provence is a superpower!
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So that's who is behind the brand!  Château Miraval, produced by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, with the assistance of the famous Perrin family of Château Beaucastel. A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, (and for the wine geek in you) with a touch of Rolle.

 

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Celebrate Spring! White, Red, Rose and a recipe for THE Perfect Roast Chicken

Celebrate Spring! White, Red, Rose and a recipe for THE Perfect Roast Chicken | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
After a long, cold winter filled with hearty stews, rustic pasta dishes and rich red wines the first signs of Spring are welcomed in with tempting visions of pencil thin asparagus and dreams of  fo...
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Planning ahead for upcoming Wine Circle and another taste of Rose wines.  Love the pairing idea with the roast chicken.  Cheers!

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North Carolina’s Vibrant New Wine Culture — The Pour

North Carolina’s Vibrant New Wine Culture — The Pour | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
The North Carolina area known as the Research Triangle stands out for its openness toward unusual, unorthodox wines.
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Another reason to go into the Triangle and enjoy life there.

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Yes, Wine with Asparagus | Food & Wine

Yes, Wine with Asparagus | Food & Wine | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
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Wine Circle went asparagus sans cheese with a Sancerre

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Recommendation: 2008 Thibaut-Janisson Cuvée d'État Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, USA, Virginia

Recommendation: 2008 Thibaut-Janisson Cuvée d'État Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, USA, Virginia | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Average of 87 points in 4 community wine reviews on 2008 Thibaut-Janisson Cuvée d'État Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, plus professional notes, label images, wine details, and recommendations on when to drink.
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How exciting to discover that sparkling wine is being made in the "methode champenoise" of Virginia grown chardonnary near Jefferson's home.  A delicious choice.

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Friends, A Rosé Can Bloom in Winter, Too

Friends, A Rosé Can Bloom in Winter, Too | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
More than any other wine, rosés start to be discarded near the end of summer, but they can offer year-round pleasure.
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If you comply with "no white after Labor Day," this recommendation may not be for you.  I agree a rose just might be a ray of sunshine on a Winter's day. 

 

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A Sommelier Explains How To Tell If Your Wine Is High Quality

Any taster can determine the quality of wine using the factors of complexity, intensity, and balance.
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This is advice for once you open a bottle... In a wine circle of friends, we have discovered by tasting a variety of wines what a "good" wine means to each of us.  This helps in choosing wines we hope to enjoy when we open them.  And every wine can teach us something.  The fun then is in our openness to exploration and learning.  Cheers!

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Wine with conversation or wine is the conversation?

Wine with conversation or wine is the conversation? | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
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I simply believe wine is made to be shared. And I've enjoyed the best conversations while drinking wine with others.  Cheers!

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Psst. Buddy, the boutique bottles are within reach.

Psst. Buddy, the boutique bottles are within reach. | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Boutique wines: How to find and acquire them
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Happy to see Le Metro: Wine. Underground mentioned here because they are giving us "access to interesting wines that might easily be missed." 

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What to Pair with Halloween Candy - Hungry Crowd | Food & Wine

What to Pair with Halloween Candy - Hungry Crowd | Food & Wine | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Food & Wine goes way beyond mere eating and drinking. We're on a mission to find the most exciting places, new experiences, emerging trends and sensations.
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As the saying goes, "sometimes you feel like a nut [with a Rioja], sometimes you don't".  Enjoy!

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Burgundy Wine Bargains - Hungry Crowd | Food & Wine

Burgundy Wine Bargains - Hungry Crowd | Food & Wine | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Here are a handful of the best values from the region, both white and red.
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Dom Pérignon 2004 Release | Have the means? Allons-y!

Dom Pérignon 2004 Release | Have the means? Allons-y! | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
 Richard Geoffroy, chef de cave de la maison, compare ce millésime à son glorieux aîné de 1970.
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If you have the means, go for it!  M. GEOFFROY is saying the 2004 is starting out elegant and racy with mineral notes and predicting in aging it'll reach a level of coherence, intensity, and depth.

 

Cheers to the parallels of wine and life!

 

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Have Glass Will Travel | A Guide to the Best New Wine Shops | Food & Wine

Have Glass Will Travel | A Guide to the Best New Wine Shops | Food & Wine | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
The best wine shops have a strong point of view. Here, new wine stores that reflect their owners' passions for Loire Valley wines, natural wines and more.
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This calls for immediate consideration for roadtrip plan.  Now, where is the app that will help map out routes?! 

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Paris | Spring evenings of movies "et" | Piper-Heidsieck Champagne

Paris | Spring evenings of movies "et" | Piper-Heidsieck Champagne | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Les plus belles soirées du printemps : cocktail dans un jardin et ciné privé
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How fun to have champagne and appetizers in the garden before the films!  This is happening in Paris, but inspiring to re-create near you, isn't it?  Cheers!

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Leek-and-[truffled] Pecorino Pizzas Recipe - Erath Pinot Noir | Food & Wine

Leek-and-[truffled] Pecorino Pizzas Recipe - Erath Pinot Noir | Food & Wine | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Leek-and-Pecorino Pizzas
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I'm looking into tasting this one... you have me at truffled pecorino cheese.  Open an Erath Pinot Noir, please.

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Paso Robles: A Wine Lover's Paradise on California's Central Coast

Paso Robles: A Wine Lover's Paradise on California's Central Coast | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
The Paso Robles AVA (American Viticultural Area) contains over 200 wineries and 26,000 acres of grapevines.
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Enjoyed my sips from this region so far and looking forward to many more.  Cheers!

 

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Connaître: To be familiar with. Know what is fundamental for you - in Wine and in Life

Connaître: To be familiar with.  Know what is fundamental for you - in Wine and in Life | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Wine Spectator columnist Matt Kramer talks about what it takes to become a connoisseur of wine: insight takes time, exposure, careful consideration … and empathy.
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Are you a connoisseur - of wines? of life?  Read this featured article by Matt Kramer and free yourself to know what's "real and fundamental and worthwhile" about wine and life.  Cheers!

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How to be a better wine buyer. That's a resolution I want to keep | How about you?

How to be a better wine buyer. That's a resolution I want to keep | How about you? | Denise Wines | Scoop.it
Avid wine drinkers often have a common dilemma—a chaotic wine fridge. F&W’s Ray Isle has a solution: Start drinking, then restock using his smart bottle-buying ideas.
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Stocking a wine fridge... that sounds like a fun and enjoyable resolution.  It appears that if we already have wines in our fridges, we need to drink them first. Then, we need to restock, which requires some tasting and purchasing - smart-bottles.  I believe this resolution is one that takes a wine circle of friends to support in its achievement.  Cheers!

 

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