Using Personalized Wines to Bring Holiday Joy

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Personalized Wine Labels

It’s holiday season once again, and that means it’s time to pick out gifts for the special people in your life. For the wine lovers on your list, I’d like to put in a plug for the personalized wines I offer through WineShop At Home, the Napa winery I’m affiliated with. Continue reading

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Celebrating Thanksgiving with Sparkling Wine

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Illustration by Robyn Lee

With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, it’s time to pick out your wines for this festive celebration. I’ve said this for the past few years, but I’ll say it again. Sparkling wine is your best bet!

Stacy Slinkard, Wine Expert with About.com, says it well. “From appetizers, to white and dark turkey meat, mashed potatoes, yams, herb-filled stuffing, cranberry relish, pickled this and peppered that, all the way to pumpkin or pecan pie – is there truly a single wine that can take you seamlessly from start to finish? Enter, sparkling wines – an increasingly popular pairing partner… Sparkling wines bring both elegance and phenomenal food-pairing versatility to virtually any meal, but with Thanksgiving these wines really shine.” Continue reading

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Exploring Two Calabrian Wines

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Calabria

Moving into the toe of Italy’s “boot,” we reach the Italian wine region of Calabria. Except for Sicily and Sardinia, both water-bound islands, Calabria has more border area surrounded by water than any other region. She is also extremely mountainous and hot, which could result in thick, jammy, unappealing red wines.

Fortunately, Calabrian vintners take advantage of the cooler terroirs higher up in the mountains to produce one red that is singularly Calabrian, Gaglioppo. The white wine of note, Greco di Bianco, also takes advantage of sweetness encouraged by Calabria’s warmer climate. Continue reading

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Sicilian Zibibbo and Nero d’Avola

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is well known for being the home to Archimedes, one of the greatest minds in history, as well as the home to the Italian Mafia.

Sicily isn’t nearly as well know for being one of the largest wine producers, with over 20 varietals. Continue reading

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