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Your Guide to Cioppino Wine Pairing

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

This dish is a beloved San Francisco original that developed in the late 1800s. As history goes, Italian-American fisherman around North Beach created the meal while out on their fishing boats. Those who hadn’t found success with the day’s harvest would gather around a large pot, asking fellow fisherman for whatever they could spare. And into the pot it went, along with common ingredients they had on hand.

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3 Tips on How to Read a Spanish Wine Label

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

Spain produces an abundance of wine and offers some truly palate-pleasing options to explore. The Gran Reserva reds of Rioja, the summer rosés, and the cult favorites of Bierzo are not to be missed. The white wines of Spain have recently become contenders on the world stage as well. Once you understand a few key distinctions and terms, you’ll know how to read a Spanish wine label like an expert and be able to easily select the right bottle for your table.

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A Guide to California Syrah

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

Though Syrah originated in the Rhône Valley of France and has become the most-grown varietal in Australia (where it is called "Shiraz"), its US-grown counterpart shouldn't be overlooked by wine enthusiasts. American Syrah wines are produced in California and Washington state, but California Syrah wine in particular has been enjoying a surge in popularity in recent years—and for good reason. This full-bodied dark red wine comes with a diverse flavor profile, has a strong initial taste, and pairs well with a wide variety of bold-flavored foods.

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The Best Wine and Brie Pairings

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

Brie is one of the most popular cheeses in the world. Often referred to as the “Queen of Cheeses,” this rich, creamy French cheese is characterized by an edible rind and a buttery-soft interior. The flavor of brie is mild but complex. It works well spread on crackers as an appetizer, melted on a gourmet sandwich, or arranged on a dessert cheese plate. It also pairs well with different types of wines. Here are some of the best wine with brie pairings to consider for your next gathering.

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Vintages 2015, 2016 & 2017 Compared

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Last week, I participated in the annual Vintage Perspective Tasting put on by the Napa Valley Vintners. It includes three Cabernet Sauvignon wines from each of 15 different producers. Included are the current release, the previous release, and the vintage to be released the following year. This time, the vintages were 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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