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The Voice of Pinotage

Tiny Fort Ross Vineyard experiments to perfect a South African varietal.

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Old-World Character

A wine that offers a distinctiveness not everyone is going to love. But I do.

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Counting Your Wine Blessings

In other words, counting your bottles and your worth.

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It All Smells

Simple terms never remain simple when they’re applied to wine.

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New-World Red, Old-World Red, and How Wine Can Heal

A dinner for my father, just home from the hospital.

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A Difficult Pill

A complicated situation with friends is easier to swallow with a lovely meal.

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Food and Wine Still Matter

Scary news and culinary coping mechanisms.

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The Simplest Food

Put a chicken in a pot, enjoy with family.

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Gott Sauvignon Blanc?

The winemaker talks about his multiple-appellation sourcing.

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Duck, Cab, and Family

On this evening, it all came together perfectly.

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The Schramsberg Soap Opera

Do reports of family angst spoil the wine?

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Breaking Down the Zin Mystery

At least one Zin: talking to Joel Gott.

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Disaster Strikes, Keep Drinking

You know it’s a great dinner party when a guest breaks an arm during the main course and puts off the ER until after dessert.

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The Final Touch

A spritz of rose water is all it takes to elevate flavors, marry a dish perfectly with a wine, and please a child.

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Wine, Demystified

All those terms, like malolactic fermentation and unfined filtration, explained.

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Zinfandel Nouveau

It’s not what we had with our Christmas dinner, to Alice Waters’s chagrin.

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More Wine, Longer Lasting

A wine preservation system gives old wine new life.

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Holiday Merriment Recap

Three remarkable wines for a remarkable dinner.

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Unti and Braised Beef

Moments like this go a long way toward reaffirming my commitment to the pleasures of the table.

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The Hangover Miracle

A simple recipe for garlic broth does me right.

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Cheap Chinese and Chardonnay

Plus Cab and chanterelles.

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