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Paul Blow

Are the World’s Greatest Wines Worth the Price?

People often assume that as a wine writer I sit around drinking the finest, rarest, most expensive wines in the world. Nope. I do spend a lot of time tasting

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Paul Blow

On Pairing Wine with Spicy Food

Conventional wisdom has it that spicy food is no good with most California and new-world wines. It’s the high level of alcohol and tannin (in reds) that’s the culprit: The

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Paul Blow

Wine Gets Some Rock ’n’ Roll Cred

The guy next to me in line for a glass of Cep rosé at last weekend’s Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco had come all the way from Hawaii

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Sweet Wines and Summer Barbecue

Not an intuitive pairing, but a strangely good one.

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Imagine Cognac Differently

No smoking jacket, no crackling fire, no snifter.

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What Wine to Drink with a Burger

The noble hamburger deserves better than a slumming wine.

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Paul Blow

The World Cup Drinking Game

Each team has a drink for you.

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Paul Blow

Session Beers Mean Easy Drinkin’

You can probably polish off a few while reading this column and not feel any worse for wear.

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How to Save a Fire-Damaged Vintage

California's Anderson Valley was smoked out in 2008.

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It’s Kölsch Season

A perfect session beer for summer.

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Can California Grenache Beat Châteauneuf-du-Pape?

Randall Grahm thinks so.

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Grüner Veltliner’s a Good Mouthful

The perfect spring wine.

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The Madeira Thrill Ride

The most exciting wine in the world.

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Paul Blow

Green Wine Is Good (or Can Be)

Herbaceous and leafy does not have to mean underripe.

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Paul Blow

Are Dry-Farmed Wines Better?

Those roots are reaching for water, nutrients, and terroir.

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That Wine’s a Fake

Does it really matter if what you're drinking isn't actually Pinot Noir?

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Part Italian, Part Slovenian

National borders converge in curious Friuli wines.

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Mexican Wine, No Joke

Deep, dry reds from Valle de Guadalupe.

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What to Drink in 2010

A wine, beer, and cocktail forecast.

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Go for Grower Champagnes

Good wines made by people who actually grow the grapes.

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Paul Blow

High-Proof, Spirited Gifts

Liquors that will surprise and delight.

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