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16 Essential Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

A great meal isn’t the same without delicious wine. But, with all that prep-time, family time and other hubbub, there isn’t a lot of time to ponder wine pairings for Thanksgiving—and choosing wines for such a rich and varied buffet can be a real challenge. These 16 wines for Thanksgiving are delicious, fun and crowd-pleasing!

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Napa Valley Cabernet: If You Think It's All Alike, Think Again

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Since the Judgement of Paris in 1976, if not before, Napa Valley has been recognized for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, it’s clearly the most famous wine region in America and one of the most popular tourist destinations in California, seeing over 3.3 million annual visitors as of 2014. Yet the success of Napa Valley, in both winemaking and branding, has led to a broad perception that its most famous commodity, Cabernet Sauvignon, is homogeneous and predictable. In reality, Napa Valley is one of the world’s most diverse, small wine-growing areas...

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Wine Ratings: What Do They Mean and How Do I Use Them?

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

In Part 1 of my two-part series, “Wine Ratings: What's the Point and Should You Pay Attention?”, I explained why rating systems were created, how various types of publications approach tastings differently, and why reviewers don’t always agree with each other. In Part 2, we’ll take a look at the 100-point scoring system and how to evaluate wine ratings in the context of your own palate and wine preferences.

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Wine Ratings: What's the Point and Should You Pay Attention?

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Whether you call them ratings, scores, or points, wine "grading" isn't going away any time soon. But you can, and should, use the information to your benefit. In Part 1 of my two-part series, I'll explain why rating systems were created, how various types of publications approach tastings differently and why reviewers don’t always agree with each other.

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How to Pair Wine with Your Favorite Grilled Foods

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Robust red wines, such as Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah have long been the default choice when it comes to pairing wine with summer grilling. But times have changed and we’re grilling a lot more than dogs, burgers and steaks these days. And, even when it comes to big reds, there are a lot of new regions and varieties in play now. In this wine pairing guide, I’ll give you some general principles for matching wine with grilled food, followed by a variety of wine recommendations for the different types of food you’re likely to throw on your gas or charcoal grill.

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