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After the Earthquake, Chile's Wineries are Open

Date: Wed, Mar 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

© dmhoro Decantor is reporting that Chile's wineries are open and resuming normal operational schedules in the aftermath of the massive earthquake that shook southern Chile last month. Not only is this good news for travelers planning to head to Chile, it's also good news for consumers in the US. Chile's wineries are moving ahead with their exports more or less on schedule. Chile has five basic wine regions: Atacama, known for Pisco and for table grapes Coquimbo, also, known for Pisco and ...

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Wood Floor Refinishing and a Glass of Chardonnay

Date: Tue, Mar 9, 2010 Wine Tasting

© It'sGreg One of the nice things about wine is the way it blends so well with the many different aspects of life. Sure, you can drink wine from crystal goblets while eating agneau à l'ail et romarin (a lamb dish with rosemary and garlic) off of fine Haviland porcelain. But you can also drink it while you watch March Madness on ESPN and eat chips and salsa... I recently spent some time redoing the dining room of my home. It's a fine old ...

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Oh, To Live in Tuscany

Date: Thu, Mar 4, 2010 Wine Tasting

Tuscany is a beautiful place. Anyone who tells you different is either lying or French. I love Chianti. The Chianti hills of Italy, between Florence and Siena, nurture some exquisite grapes that produce one of the best wines in the world, in my opinion. Chianti wines are made primarily with Sangiovese grapes, but juice from Canaiolo, Cabernet, Merlot and/or Syrah grapes can also be put into the mix, along with a small amount of white grape juice. Chianti is a full bodied, slightly ...

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Wine Cocktails

Date: Wed, Mar 3, 2010 Wine Tasting

© rick We normally think of wine as a drink to savor on its own. However, wines make the base of a number of great mixed drinks; here is a short list of some of my favorites: • Kir Royale: Champagne and Framboise. It's a sweet, pink, valentine's kind of drink, meant to share. Take a sip along with your dessert. • Mimosa: I know, it's nothing new or exciting, but if you are look for a little bubble in breakfast, this orange ...

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Wine Aerators

Date: Tue, Feb 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

Patience is a virtue, but not one of mine. I love my red wine, but sometimes I just don't want to wait for it to air out after I opened it. Why can't I drink it right now?! Someone else must have had the same impatient thoughts as me, because now you can buy a spiffy little wine aerator to make your red wine instantly drinkable. An aerator is a little fist-sized device that you pour your wine through. It forces air bubbles ...

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Use Sears Coupon Codes for purchasing wine glasses for your party

Date: Thu, Feb 18, 2010 Wine Tasting

© vestmanWant to host a wine party after a very long time and you find out that your old wine glasses have lost their sheen, then it is the time to replace them. There are various styles and quality of wine glasses available in the market to choose from. You can pick from either glass or crystal but keep in mind that the latter are delicate and require a lot of care while cleaning and use. One of the best options would be to go ...

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Best Wines from Valentines

Date: Thu, Feb 18, 2010 Wine Tasting

© Pink Sherbet Photography Valentine's Day has come and gone, but that doesn't mean the romance has to go out of your wine cellar. Here are a few subtly romantic wines that you can test out on a sweetie any time of year. Raspberry Chocolate Port from D'Vine Winery - If you like something dark and sweet at the end of the evening this sensual port might fit your needs. A little heavy on taste and alcohol, you can enjoy this port alone or ...

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The Nose Knows - Wine Aroma

Date: Tue, Feb 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

© star5112 While you might think of wine as something you taste, the simple truth is that a wine's aroma has a great deal to do with our perception of how it tastes. I found a piece recently by Stacy Slinkard that reminded of the importance of aroma (or bouquet) in the wine experience. While the tongue has a relatively limited repertoire of tastes (combinations of sweet, sour, acidic, and bitter), the nose detects a much larger array of identifable fragrances. And our brain ...

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My Wine Story

Date: Tue, Feb 9, 2010 Wine Tasting

© Or Hiltch Wine is the drink of romance. As we approach Valentine's Day, I wanted to share some of my story about how I got "into" wine. How I came to love the vine and make it an integral part of my life. My parents let me try my first glass of wine at about thirteen. I never saw my parents abuse alcohol, they would have a glass or two at dinner. Whenever we had wine, my mother used nicer plates, so I ...

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Americans Are Drinking More Wine - Just Not from California

Date: Sat, Jan 30, 2010 Wine Tasting

© naotakem A number of sources (Decanter, Bloomberg, The LA Times) are reporting on some recently release sales numbers showing that the California wine industry had a bad year in 2009. Wine consuption in the US was up in 2009, by 2.1%. But California wine shipments dropped for the first time in 16 years. In other words, Americans are drinking more wine and less California wine. Add to this picture the fact that British wine consumers cut consumption of California wines by more than ...

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Fondue Wines

Date: Mon, Jan 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

© AMagill For Christmas I got my first full fondue set. To break it in, some girl friends and I threw a fondue party this past weekend. It was a learning experience in many ways but one of the best parts was testing out wines to go with the fondue. We used three types of wine for our fondue night. The wine to make the cheese fondue and the wine we served with it. We also made chocolate fondue, so there was yet another ...

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Sarah Palin to Speak at The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association

Date: Sun, Jan 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

© geerlingguy Sarah Palin, the former US Vice-Presidential candidate, will speak at this year's Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) convention in Las Vegas. I had to find that in a couple of places (like here and here) before I was sure I believed it. I don't usually think of Sarah Palin and alcohol as things that go together. But evidently the WSWA does.'Governor Palin is a great supporter of America's free enterprise system and understands that industries like the beverage alcohol industry play ...

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Can I Have a Glass of Chablis with That?

Date: Thu, Jan 21, 2010 Wine Tasting

I'm not sure how people develop their tastes in wine. Part of it I'd guess is cultural. It's easy to like what you grow up around. But most wine-consuming societies still offer a pretty large variety of choices. I'm partial to several reds. But for some reason my favorite white has always been Chablis wine. While most wines can be enjoyed by themselves, the real pleasure in a wine usually comes from pairing it with food. Chablis goes well with oysters (which I like ...

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