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The Most Versatile Wines to Cook With

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

Cooking with wine adds an element of acidity. Depending on how you use it, it can help to break down meats or help certain meats to retain moisture. Wine has numerous other applications, too. You can add it to a marinade, sauce, or glaze for a wide array of recipes. The thing is, knowing which wine to buy for cooking can be a minefield. You want something that you’ll enjoy drinking (since you rarely need more than a splash for most recipes), but you don’t necessarily want to use a limited-release vintage. So, what do you choose?

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How to Taste Champagne Like An Expert

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

Whether you’ve invested in Champagne yourself or you received a bottle as a gift, you want to get the most out of tasting it and enjoy the experience. Here, you’ll learn the basics of how to properly taste Champagne so that you’ll feel like a pro when you’re ready to open your bottle.

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Exactly How Do Professional Critics Rate and Rank Wine?

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

While many people enjoy wine, there is a very select group who enjoy it professionally. If you’re an aficionado looking to elevate your wine drinking experience, there is no shortage of resources on the best practices for tasting wine and helpful tips for creating the illusion of understanding what wine tasting is all about. While these are noble endeavors in their own right and excellent ways to appreciate the nuances of a quality glass of wine, amateur or hobby wine critics are no replacement for the real thing.

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The Secrets to Pairing Wine with Thai Food

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

There's a lot going on in Thai food. This aromatic cuisine has everything from spices and herbs to fish sauces, coconut milk, and fragrant rice, but it has also mastered the delicate act of flavor balance. Each bite reveals a new and complex taste. It is this very complexity that often makes Thai food seem such a challenge for wine lovers. The good news is that matching wine with Thai food can be an utter joy. You can discover new Thai food and wine combinations, delight the senses, and add more wines to your collection, all at the same time.

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What You Should Know About German Riesling, Part 2

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

German Riesling is available in a very wide variety of profiles and styles. Riesling can be picked very low in sugar, very high, or anywhere in between. Finished wines range from bone-dry with high acid to lusciously sweet with balancing acidity. German Riesling is a great food-pairing wine and often presents tremendous value too. It’s important to understand the many classifications of German Riesling so you know what you’re getting.

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