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My Search for the “Romance” in Remuage

When the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is asked, how often does someone say, “I want to be a remueur.” Probably never. French for “bottle turner,” a remueur is someone who performs the act … Continue reading

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Tis the Season for Champagne — My Summer Find for Your Winter Cheer

The summer of 2016 was a game-changer for me when it came to the bubbly. That was the season I took a class on champagne and sparkling wine (A big “thanks” to my instructor Sue Slater—chair of the Culinary Arts … Continue reading

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R&W Vineyards: Work, Love, and Play Give Rise to Fine Wine

It is often said, “The couple who plays together, stays together.” But, what about the couple who not only plays together but also works and lives together? For William (Bill) Wood and Noel Relyea, the relevancy in doing nearly everything … Continue reading

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A Nearly Extinct Grape Makes a Bold Comeback

Given my Greek heritage, and also the fact that it was Orthodox Greek Easter (on May 1), I figured that this was as good an occasion as any to open a Greek wine. In case you are wondering if cats have … Continue reading

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Tasting Room Etiquette, Part 3—The Tasting Room Table Has Turned

In my first two installments on tasting room etiquette, One and Two, I wrote about customer do’s and don’ts. Well, etiquette goes both ways. This post is for tasting room hosts, although anyone can benefit. Take Your Stinkin’ Paws Off … Continue reading

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A Regal Rosé Fit for Any Occasion

If you think December is too cold for drinking Rosé, think again. Dry Rosés go with any season and with any meal. It’s the perfect wine for pairing with goat cheese, salmon, baked ham, cranberry sauce, yams, deli meats, Asian food, sweet … Continue reading

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Skinner Vineyards & Winery Puts the “Aah” in Syrah—and in So Much More

Based on a recommendation, I found myself driving along windy roads through the Sierra Foothills with my friend Cathy in search of a winery called Skinner Vineyards & Winery in California’s El Dorado County. We weren’t sure what to expect … Continue reading

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