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Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel

Three very different wines, one very nice meal.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Building of a Dynasty

How the Skalli family got into wine.

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Elegant Evening, Casual Picnic

Dinner party and park party, wines for all times.

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Smith-Madrone Cabernet with Steak

Terroir is the foundation of a house; vintage is the house itself.

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Romance, Rosé, and Roma

Blackbird Vineyards’ first release of rosé.

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The Fish, the Sauce, the Wine

The meal was pure reverie, and I had yet another small data point to add to my evolving sense of how to match food and wine.

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Sémillon and Sheep Jokes

I do love when these staid winemaker meals go off the rails a little, venturing into vaguely offensive territory.

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Sensory Symphony

A perfect, rapturous moment between me, an egg, and a rosé.

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Rosé and Offal

One of these things, everyone likes. The other, not so much.

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The Model Bourgogne in Corbières

An eye into Domaine Sainte-Eugénie.

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When Roots Go Deep

Xavier Monnot’s family has been making wine for 11 generations.

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Living the Life

I can’t deny the odd emptiness I feel when trying to inhale the romance of any winery scene maintained by a distant corporation.

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The Pleasure of Getting (and Being) Drunk

Inebriation comes with drinking, and I was reminded of it when I tied one on recently.

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Lazy Sunday

I always want Sunday dinners to feel casual, easygoing, restorative.

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Love Wine Like I Love Wine

My friend prefers beer, and that’s OK. Isn’t it?

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Grass-Fed or Not?

A steak taste test.

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Snacks with Your Sparkler

It’s amazing how well a good sparkling wine can pair with food that comes from boxes and plastic bags.

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The Variables That Matter

How much of all this talk about wine is the marketing push?

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Wine and Pizza

Simple meal, great wine, family happiness.

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Back to Basics

Cooking a tough old bird.

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Wine of Unknown Provenance

Does a high-value bottle taste better or worse if you don’t know its value?

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