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Life with Wine: Austria

Some wines reveal everything you need to know about them with the first sip. They are not grüner veltliners. Delicious, fascinating and widely varied, wines made from grüner veltliner...

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Malbec Mayhem

Malbec, the great red grape of Argentina, has been the hottest red varietal around for a decade. (And like so many things Argentine, it keeps amping up its red hot status.) What makes Malbec so...

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How to Wine Your Way Through Tax Day

Whine and wine: it’s tax time. Whether you owe the government or are getting a nice refund back, we’ve got a wine to get you through filing time. We thought it best to pair wine with...

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Move Over Manischewitz: Food and Wine Pairings for Passover

Think good kosher wine is an oxymoron? Think again. These days, there are a handful of kosher wineries—as well as “regular” wineries making a kosher vintage or two—whose...

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Spring Forward with White Wines of France

A high-acid white wine is often the sommelier’s choice when it comes to food pairing. Take world-class riesling and gewurztraminer from Alsace or chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc from the...

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Skip into Spring with a Perfect Picnic

It’s spring. Finally. And with the trees leafing out and the daffodils blooming, it’s a great time to enjoy an outdoor picnic, packed with light, bright springtime wines. So here are...

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We’re in Love: Alsace Riesling

Riesling is the most commonly grown grape in France’s Alsace wine region for one simple reason: it’s delicious. Most wine lovers are familiar with German riesling, famous for its...

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Visit Rioja without leaving New York

The Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival is coming to New York City! Join us on Saturday, May 3 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to experience 200+ vibrant Rioja wines — robust reds, crisp whites...

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Chile’s Maipo Region

This month we zero in on the Maipo Valley , one of four wine regions within the vast Central Valley of Chile. Maipo lies immediately east of Chile’s capital city Santiago (in fact,...

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The Best of Bordeaux Comes to New York

Hey, New York! Team Bottlenotes is ready to take you on a tour of Bordeaux. We hope you’re prepared for the Tour des Deux Rives tasting in New York on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at The New...

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Riedel’s Revolution

If you order a glass of wine at a nice restaurant today, it’s a given that it will arrive in a good wine glass ; but that wasn’t always the case. We owe this change to one family...

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Plucky Pairings for Spring Chicken Recipes

With the equinox behind us and Easter right around the corner, it’s time to think about spring dinners. And spring eating means chicken. Why? Well, it used to be that a spring chicken was...

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"Wine To Dream Of"

The Daily Sip and Le Cercle de Rive Droite have joined forces to extend an unprecedented invitation for you to taste select vintages produced by 32 elite chateaux from Bordeaux’s...

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Perfect PB & J and Wine Pairings

On April 2 the nation will be celebrating. Not spring, not Easter, not the end of a day of jokes. Nope. We’ll be observing the oft overlooked National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day . The day...

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PhD Entrepreneurs Bringing Gravity Flow Wine to Outer Space

Movies often provide inspiration. The Karate Kid , for example, influenced a generation of youngsters to take up karate. This tradition continues for two young wine-loving entrepreneurs and...

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April Events for Sipping

The only fools this April will be those who don’t find time to get out and sip some wine. Here at Bottlenotes, we are very excited to bring our Around the World in 80 Sips™...

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For Women’s History Month, we interviewed renowned sommelier Belinda Chang

With over 20 years of experience as a sommelier, Belinda Chang is an inspiration to the wine community. In honor of Women’s History Month, the Bottlenotes team discovered her style in...

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Oldie, but Goodie: Try a New Region for the Classic Grape, Pinot Noir

This month, the Bottlenotes team looked outside Sonoma and Burgundy for some terrific pinot noir recommendations. Pinot noir is a highly sought-after wine that often costs a pretty penny. The...

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Washington D.C.’s Best Wine Bars

Our new monthly series about the best wine bars around the U.S. kicks off in the political heart of the country, Washington D.C. Check out the winners in each category below, then get out there,...

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Texas Versus the World

Are you gearing up for the Final Four ? In just a little over a week, the NCAA Basketball Tournament will wrap up its last three games in Arlington, Texas. What, not a hoops fan? Well take...

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Spring Season, Spring Wines

Forget the groundhog and his dumb shadow and pretend there are no spring showers. Instead, spring into spring by changing up your wine selections. Sure, it might still be cold and snow might...

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The Wine of Kings and King of Wines

Tokaji Aszú (toe KIGH a ZOO) may be as close to tasting the nectar of the gods as we can get. It is a luscious Hungarian dessert wine made from botrytized grapes, or grapes that have been...

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WINE BARBIE on Women, Wine and Bikinis

A self-described “wine passionista, hopeless fashionista, entrepreneur by day and novelist by night,” WINE BARBIE weighs in on what her fellow Barbies are up to and the future for...

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Colorado, Utah and Wyoming Explore Wine on the Slopes

When I say “skiing,” you say … wine? Several states known for their incredible slopes and lighter-than-air powder are also diving into the wine industry with some surprising...

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Life with Wine: West Sonoma Coast

Jasmine Hirsch says she discovered wine while living and working in New York. This may sound improbable considering she grew up at Hirsch Vineyards , the oldest premium pinot noir vineyard in...

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Eat Green and Drink Well on St. Patrick’s Day

You may recoil in horror at the sound of green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, and green wine sounds just as bad, if not worse. But before you go running straight to a pint of Guinness, consider...

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Life with Wine: Bordeaux

Vintage is shorthand for talking about the weather during a particular growing season. In climates where the weather is consistent year-to-year, it makes for dull conversation. But for...

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Casual Night in with Popcorn and Wine

We feel quite strongly here at The Daily Sip® that wine isn’t just for elegant dinners and fancy affairs. No; we think even everyday food deserves a mouthwatering wine. Nothing is...

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Touring California Wine Country: Paso Robles

California’s Paso Robles AVA is an up-and-coming wine region with a Wild West, can-do attitude. The region’s winemaking history began at the end of the 1700s when Franciscan...

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England Takes on Sparkling Wine

There are undoubtedly many things that come to mind when you think of England—red buses, high tea and maybe even Kate Middleton’s magical transformation back to pre-baby body...

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Moroccan Wines Worth Seeking Out

Wine probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Morocco. Rainbows of colorful fabric, aromatic spice-markets, and couscous; most definitely. But wine? Due to an...

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Weird Wine Scents

Wine doesn’t always just smell like fruit and earth, it has all kinds of weird smells, from baby poo to green peppers. These aromas don’t come from the addition of the actual...

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One Region Opens a Wine Bar in NYC

In a rare move for a wine region, the Conseil Interprofessionel du Vin de Bordeaux or CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Council) and Millesime—the Collective Hospitality Group— have opened up...

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The Legacy of Livermore

Located right in San Francisco’s backyard (40 miles southeast of the city), Livermore Valley is a convenient weekend trip for city wine lovers, as well as being one of the most...

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Bottlenotes recommends these red wines under $20

It’s a Tuesday, but you’re wishing it was Friday. You don’t want to open a nice bottle of wine because you’re just going to enjoy a glass. Ok, maybe two glasses. Save the...

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Verse & Chorus is Both Music and Wine

In addition to producing 50 songs and two albums, musician Mat Kearney is making wine. Verse & Chorus Red Wine , with Kearney’s name on the label, is a mostly merlot blend. It...

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What To Sip While Watching The Oscars

The 86th Annual Academy Awards will take place Sunday night. Whether you’re at home soaking up the Hollywood glam or at a party watching the little gold trophies get handed out,...

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Where to Sip in March?

It’s said that “March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb,” but the wine events just seem to keep roaring all month. Our favorite, of course, is our 4th annual...

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World Class Wines Come to Washington

Hey, DC! Team Bottlenotes is ready to take you all over the world of wine. We hope you’re prepared for our 3rd annual Around the World in 80 Sips® tasting in Washington, DC on...

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Mission Possible

Do your friends view you as their go-to source of information about wine? If so, it sounds like you might have what it takes to become a Bottlenotes TasteAgent. In an effort to bring top talent...

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Life with Wine: Douro

The question of what to drink as an aperitif on a winter night, when the thought of something cold, light and crisp sends chills up your spine, is not easily solved. In Portugal, the answer is...

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Life with Wine: Wines for the New American Cuisine

At Marcus Samuelsson ’s iconic Harlem restaurant, Red Rooster , culinary director Joel Harrington executes New American Cuisine, defined as flavors representative of the vast mosaic...

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CabFest Sings a Love Song to the One and Only—Cabernet

Napa Valley is finally celebrating its reigning monarch, cabernet sauvignon, with CabFest , the first festival devoted exclusively to Napa Valley’s legendary grape. The festival takes...

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Winning Combinations for the Olympics

Whether you’ve been glued to the TV throughout the games or just dipping into an event here and there, how about some ideas for wine and food that’ll make the rest of the 2014...

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Travel the World for Under $15

From rosé to Riesling, The Seeker Wines transports you to nine unique wine destinations. Join their adventures on Twitter for your chance to win a 1-year subscription to the travel...

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This Just In: Liberals Love Their Libations

Here’s a juicy tidbit that could have come out of the “Everybody Knows That” department—liberals drink more alcohol than conservatives. The new finding, recently reported...

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Life with Wine: Amarone della Valpolicella

Why drink Amarone on Valentines Day? Have you ever stared at a glass of this classic Italian wine from the Veneto , the land of Romeo and Juliet? Its blood red hue --achieved through...

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What are you Celebrating?

Anna de Codorníu, Spain's leading sparkling wine, has unveiled a chic, new look for its popular Brut and Brut Rosé releases. Its new inviting message for wine lovers: What are...

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Stay in for Valentine's Day

For new relationships, Valentine’s Day can be stressful. If you plan an elaborate evening as a first date, it will be perceived as coming on too strong. If you’ve been dating a year...

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Toast Your Valentine with Wine and Cheese

It seems obvious—this most twosome-est of holidays should feature awesome duos of wine and cheese. Especially since many cheesemakers create special cheeses for just this time of year. Here...

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Start Sipping Your Way Through Washington, DC

Hey, DC! Team Bottlenotes is ready to take you all over the world of wine. We hope you’re prepared for our 4th annual Around the World in 80 Sips® tasting in Washington, DC on...

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Primp With Grapes

Sure, moderate amounts of red wine are great for your heart, but grape skins and seeds are excellent for your exterior health as well. There are many grape-based products on the market that...

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Speed Skating, Sochi and Sipping

Athletes from around the world have descended on Sochi, Russia for the 2014 games , certain to enjoy some vodka, local fare, and celebrating after they compete. We caught up with three-time...

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Entrepreneurial wine stories from Washington to Arizona hit the silver screen

A little less than two years ago, a film company called Three Crows Media started filming a movie called “American Wine Story” about why people leave their day jobs to risk following...

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Create an Elegant Dinner with the Perfect Wine Pairing

You can't go wrong when pairing the classics, like a crisp, well-chilled glass of white wine with a seafood or chicken dish. The key to pairing is considering the dominant flavors of the dish...

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The Spanish Grape, Tempranillo, is a Bottlenotes Favorite

Tempranillo derives from the Spanish word temprano, or ‘early’, due to its grapes budding and ripening early. Although the grape has moderately thick skin, the extensive aging...

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Los Olivos Offers Hidden Gems for the Wine Enthusiast

The South Central Coast, which includes several appellations grouped together in and around Santa Barbara County , is one of the most exciting wine areas in the country today. Its main...

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What to do in February?

Not every event in February has to be mushy or related to Valentine’s Day. You’ve had a month to unwind after the holidays and you’re ready to show your new and improved 2014...

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Win or Lose, There's Always the Wine

The Super Bowl is most renowned for gladiator-like competition on the field. When not watching the game (or more realistically the ads and half-time show), we all know that the close...

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Create an Elegant Dinner with the Perfect Wine Pairing

The same care that goes into creating the perfect meal also goes into making a great wine. So, when pairing the two, the combination should elevate the entire experience. You can start by...

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How to Pair Wine and Cheese with your Next Football Afternoon

As you eagerly await the Super Bowl showdown, impress your guests with the perfect cheese board. Why not pair your afternoon watching modern gladiators with some wine and all-American cheese? Try...

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Life with Wine: Gigondas

Mention Gigondas and devotees of this grenache-based wine from the Southern Rhône will wax poetic about the grandeur of the Dentelles de Montmirail , the dramatic limestone cliffs...

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A Winter Sip from around the World

Did you know that heated wine is an international treat dating back to ancient Rome? All around the world, no winter wonderland is complete without a pot of warm mulled wine. Here are some of our...

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Win a Three Day Getaway to Washington, DC

There's so much to do in Washington, DC; that's what makes it so wonderful! If you're a die-hard foodie, history fanatic, sports lover or music fan, Washington, DC is your kind of town. What...

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Grammy Awards and Wine

The Grammy Awards air this Sunday night. As music’s biggest names hit the stage for a jam-packed show of glitz, rock and winners, you can sit home and bounce up and down on the couch to...

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What to Pair with Cheesy Goodness

There’s nothing quite like a delicious plate of macaroni and cheese to warm your belly on a chilly winter evening. Add to that some fabulous wine, and you’ve got absolute...

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Pruning – Not Sexy but Super Significant

Winter seems like such a peaceful time in a vineyard—no threats of spring frost or frantic harvesting of ripe grapes—but in fact, winter is one of the busiest and most important...

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Celebrate with Slow Wine

To celebrate the launch of the second edition of The Slow Wine Guide , the innovative guide to Italian wineries rated as "good, clean and fair" by Slow Food Italy , Slow Wine is hosting a...

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Impress your friends: bring South African wine to your next dinner

Over the past five years South Africa has received a fair amount of fame in the wine world. Most notable South African grape varieties are pinotage, a cross between cinsault and pinot noir,...

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What to Pair with Nominations for the SAG Awards

While Armani and Chanel gowns flow across the red carpet for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild awards , we bet the wine will be flowing at your home while you watch. Since it’s a...

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We Want to Hear from You

Hey, Daily Sippers! A lot has happened over the past 12 months. We've taught you how to make "wine-sicles" , pair wines with your yoga workouts and favorite soup recipes and how to make...

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A Roast to Toast: Pork Loin and Chardonnay

There’s nothing like a wintry roast in the oven, filling the house with savory scents and hinting of a great meal to come. One of our favorites is pork loin, a roast that’s as easy...

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Shiraz that Sparkles!

Australian shiraz is loved around the world, but did you know that Down Under , they also love to make their signature wine into a bubbly? When you’re ready to transition from...

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Canada: Who Knew?

If you are going skiing or hiking in Canada this winter, you are in for a treat. Quietly over the last 10 years, Canada has built a terrific wine industry, and dozens and dozens of amazing,...

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A New Year, A New Mission

Happy New Year, TasteAgent! 2013 marked the beginning of Bottlenotes’ operation to recruit elite wine enthusiasts and trendsetters from across the world. Your insight proved invaluable to...

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Downton Abbey Bordeaux in Your Home

We may not have Matthew when Downton Abbey returns in the United States for its fourth season in January, but we have a very simple way to drown our sorrows over his loss: Downton Abbey...

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For the 100th Rose Bowl, Enjoy a Bottle of Wine Produced by Stanford Alumni

Happy New Year! It’s the first day of 2014, and you know what that means…the Rose Bowl! Not only is it the 100th anniversary of the Rose Bowl, but it’s also the Michigan State...

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Bottlenotes Team Dishes Their Favorite Sparkling Wines

With all the holidays this month, tis’ the season for celebration and bubbly! The Bottlenotes team spent the month compiling our favorite Champagnes and sparkling wines. Trust us, are arms...

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Freixenet USA proudly announces the arrival of Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée

Freixenet USA, the most trusted and recognizable bubbly in America, proudly announces the arrival of Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée , the first addition to our family in 20 years! Tasting...

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Dreaming of a White Christmas

We all know there’s nothing like a good glass of cab to you warm up these chilly months. But in this winter wonderland, we welcome whites as well! With these pairings for a classic holiday...

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Artisanal Armagnac from the South of France

Now that evenings have turned chilly, you might be thinking of warm layers, firesides, and maybe something to warm your insides, like one of France’s top brandies. No, not Cognac ....

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Tis the Season for Wine Sipping

Have a few wine lovers in your life for whom you still need to shop this holiday season? We have the answer! Send friends, family, and colleagues on a trip Around the World in 80 Sips –...

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Maximizing Your Wine Budget for the Holidays

The holidays bring good cheer, joy, peace, and all of that good stuff, but they can also bring frightening credit card bills. All of those celebratory restaurant meals add up, so here are some...

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Save $100 on 12 Delicious Holiday Wines

Just as Zagat guides are a go-to source for restaurant advice, Zagat Wine can help you make smart wine decisions. Start with $100 savings on 12 hand-selected reds – yours for only $89.99,...

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Holiday Ready: No Party Left Behind

No time of the year calls for entertaining at home quite like December. Neighbors and friends drop by for a quick toast, and family celebrations are abound. We’re here to make you...

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Life with Wine: Moscato d’Asti

Italians understand the true role of dessert. After an antipasti , primi and secondi , the dolci need not be a meal in itself, but a subtle shift from savory to sweet to linger over at the...

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Château Peyrabon pairings for the holidays

Have you already chosen the wine you’ll be serving with Christmas dinner? We suggest a wine that is ready to drink, but one that can be aged for another few years. The Château...

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A Wine for Everyone on Your List—Part One

Wine is clearly the perfect gift for anyone over 21. Unlike other gifts, it doesn’t have to fit. It doesn’t have to match the décor. It’s not immediately perishable. And...

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Stocking Stuffers for Winos

No one has invented a stocking-shaped bottle of wine yet, so for now we’ll content ourselves with these wine gadgets to fill your stockings. Whether you’re shopping for someone who...

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Celebrate the Holidays with Brachetto d'Acqui

This year, try leaving Santa a glass of Brachetto d'Acqui ! The sweet, fizzy, 100% Italian wine is the same bright red as his costume. Who knows, maybe an extra present will roll out of his...

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December Wine Events

It seems like there’s a celebration or party every weekend in December. If you want to do some wine-themed celebrating, there are many options across the country. Heads up: this month a lot...

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This Year, Choose the Right Wine for Thanksgiving.

You have important decisions to make for Thanksgiving – Does the silverware need to match? How do you fold a napkin into the shape of a turkey ? Is it ok to leave the cranberry sauce...

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Give Them Something You Know They'll Love

At TastingRoom.com , we bring the best of wine country to you with several unique wine gifts. Our Wine Samplers consist of six taste-sized (1.7 oz.) samples of some of the world's best wines....

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Life with Wine: Gadgets

Argon is a colorless, tasteless, odorless inert gas. Its name comes from the Greek word for “lazy,” an allusion that underscores the fact that the element undergoes no chemical...

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Let Rioja Buy You a Holiday Dinner!

  • Publish Date: Nov 15, 2013
  • Tags: Rioja

'Tis the season to give and receive. With that in mind Rioja would like to buy you and a friend a Holiday dinner, complete with Rioja wine , of course! Always vibrant, the wines from...

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How to Make Red Wine Vinegar

If you love to cook, then you know that it’s next to impossible to find quality red wine vinegar. It is usually made in bulk from poor-quality wine, and rarely adds anything but sharp...

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A Cru Bourgeois for your Thanksgiving Festivities

Château Peyrabon , a cru bourgeois wine from Bordeaux’s Haut-Medoc, teems with charm. Beguiled by the promise of the estate’s gravely terroir, Patrick Bernard purchased...

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Chefs Get Clever With Truffle and Wine Pairings

  • Publish Date: Nov 15, 2013
  • Tags: truffles

White truffles are slowly starting to make their way onto menus in the United States, but for the fanatics who want more than just a sampling in one tiny dish, the white truffle dinners are...

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Chilled Aperitifs In Chilly Weather

  • Publish Date: Nov 14, 2013
  • Tags: Apertifs,

An aperitif is basically a drink-appetizer. A little sip before you sit to have a meal. It’s the punctuation on the end of a crazy day and the transition between work and play. As we...

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Three Tips for Wine and Cheese Pairing

Throwing a wine and cheese party is one of the easiest and most fun ways to entertain—especially if you know a few insider tips. Here are a few from our acting editor-in-chief Karen...

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Figify Your Life

  • Publish Date: Nov 7, 2013
  • Tags: Figs

Figs on a cheese plate or in a salad add a touch of elegance and flare, especially when they’re fresh and in season. They’re a delicacy. But figs are, in fact, super nutritious and...

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What Could be Better than Luscious Soup and Luscious Wine?

  • Publish Date: Nov 4, 2013
  • Tags: soup

We’re smack in the middle of fall, and Campbell’s Soup got it right all those years ago. Soup is mmm-mmm good. Especially if it’s homemade and accompanied by the right wine...

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Several Sneak Preview Screenings

If you’ve gone to the Napa Valley, it’s probably been for the wine, but this fall, you might want to go for the Napa Valley Film Festival . The towns of Napa, Yountville, St....

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November Wine Events

As the crispness of fall creeps in, take the time to savor the last bit of the season. Here is a list of nationwide wine events to help you celebrate the end of Autumn. A Taste of California...

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Fall back in love with Chardonnay

Here at Bottlenotes’ headquarters, we love fall.. The Halloween candy (and wrappers) can be found when you walk in the door, caramel apples and butternut squash are consumed around lunch...

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For Halloween, Witch Wines are on the Menu

Marc Mondavi makes wines perfect for Halloween. In fact, he claims they aren’t just natural, they’re supernatural! Considering Marc’s last name, it’s no surprise that he...

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Cheers! Toast the Holidays with Zagat Wine

Good friends gathering over a few bottles of wine was how the Zagat survey got its start – sipping, scribbling notes, rating what was tasted. Thirty years later, Zagat remains the...

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Wine Takes Center Stage at Flavor! Napa Valley

Join us for Flavor! Napa Valley , a celebration of wine, food & fun on November 20-24. The wines that made the Napa Valley legendary will be woven throughout this five-day culinary...

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Vintage Attraction Romances Readers and Wine Lovers

If you’re looking for a little fiction to pair with your wine, Vintage Attraction , by author Charles Blackstone , might just be your fix. In this novel, an English teacher meets a...

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The Most Important Decisions Have Just Been Made

Harvest season has been in full swing for a few weeks now, and every winemaker in the world will say that the decision of exactly when to pick was his or her most important decision of the year....

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Win a Rocky Mountain Escape

Winter is better in the mountains. And there’s nothing more satisfying than a hard day on the slopes followed by a glass (or two) of wine. So when our friends at Bootprints let us know...

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Sip Your Way Through New York in Style

Hey, New York! Team Bottlenotes is ready to take you all over the world of wine. We hope you’re prepared for our annual Around the World in 80 Sips® tasting in New York on Friday,...

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Join The Seeker on a Singular Wine Adventure!

Do you have a taste for risk, a curious nature, and a daring spirit? Then come, join The Seeker on a singular wine adventure! The Seeker is a lively line of wines from all over the world....

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Be a Winemaker for a Week!

Enjoy every sight, sound and taste Napa has to offer when you create your 1-2 minute video application for a chance to be the winemaker’s apprentice for a week! How to Enter: -...

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Team Bottlenotes Sources Its 3rd Vintage of Delicious Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley

Three years ago, Team Bottlenotes set out to make its inaugural vintage of wine. The results were 40 cases of NOTORIETY pinot noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands of California, with a taste...

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Fall in Love with Riesling

At Bottlenotes, we believe, riesling sometimes gets a bad rap. If you only learn two things from today's recommendations, we hope they are a) not all riesling is sweet b) not all riesling is...

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Wine for a New York State of Mind

“New York was his town, and it always would be,” is a line from the Woody Allen film Manhattan . In such a stimulating metropolitan environment as Manhattan, it’s...

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Join Our TasteAgent Team Today!

With summer behind us, we are getting ready for Taste Around Town Fall 2013 ! After the successful completion of Bottlenotes’ inaugural TasteAgent mission , we’re sending our...

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Sip Your Way through Denver in Style

Hey, Denver!  Team Bottlenotes is gearing up to take you all over the world of wine. Our annual  Around the World in 80 Sips® Denver wine tasting will be held Friday, October 4th...

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The Grapest Story Ever Told

Amazingly enough, the 2013 grape harvest is upon us in the country’s one and only Napa Valley. Ever wonder what it takes for a grape to journey from bud break to bottling? Want a behind...

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Sip Your Way through Boston with Friends and Family

Are you ready? Team Bottlenotes is gearing up to take you all over the world of wine this Thursday at our second annual Around the World in 80 Sips®: Boston wine tasting! at the John...

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Sip Your Way through Boston in Style

It's getting closer! We hope you're excited for Team Bottlenotes' annual  Around the World in 80 Sips® tasting in Boston on Thursday at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse . In...

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Start Sipping Your Way Through Denver

Hey, Denver! Are you ready for our annual Around the World in 80 Sips Denver? Team Bottlenotes is ready to take you all over the world of wine. Our annual  Around the World in 80 Sips®...

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Wine Picking for the Tech Set

Everything is high tech, even ordering wine with your spaghetti. New York’s SD26 is as digitally-sound a restaurant as you’ll find. This wine-lover’s spot offers 24 wines...

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Crushed Wine App

Last year when we set out to build a ‘better’ wine app - we had no idea how great the opportunity was to shake up the overcrowded marketplace of wine and food apps. In fact, we...

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Three Great Santa Cruz Wine Spotlights

There’s no better way to spend a summer Saturday than cruising from winery to winery tasting great wines. What if you could also do so in the picturesque mountains adjacent to Google,...

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Not Your Average Wine Club

  • Publish Date: Aug 20, 2013
  • Tags: Club W

With all of modern-day technology, you’d think there would be a way to cut out the guesswork involved in selecting a great bottle of wine, right? Not to worry, we’ve found the...

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What are you sipping?

Greetings, Daily Sippers! As you know, with great power comes great responsibility. Today, you have the responsibility of sharing your feedback with a team of experts who want to hear from...

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Las Vegas: 48 Hours

They say, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” but as a wine lover, you may want to know a few more secrets in advance. Truth be told, in addition to more fun than can usually...

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Some Sangria Sipping is in Order

  • Publish Date: Aug 1, 2013
  • Tags: sangria

It was a tough assignment, but somebody had to do it. We made it our mission to find three knock-your-socks-off sangria recipes, all great for summer sipping. We looked for different (and...

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August Wine Events

We hate to say it, but all good things must come to an end and that means a summer of fun too. So finish strong this August with loads of great wine-filled events across the country. Merlot...

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Pinot with a Purpose

Before launching Glasshaus Wine Company in 2010, Rodney Gagnon worked as director of operations for Crushpad Bordeaux. That’s where the Boston native learned about and fell in love with...

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Mission Accomplished: Top TasteAgents Summer 2013

Bottlenotes HQ is pleased to report that our team of TasteAgents has accomplished its first mission! This is our inaugural crew of TasteAgents, wine enthusiasts who taste great wine, then...

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Brew Your Coffee at Home with the Help of Tonx

  • Publish Date: Jul 24, 2013
  • Tags: coffee

If you're like us, starting your morning with a great cup of coffee is not only a neccessity, but a ritual that we look forward to. And with a little bit of guidance, anyone can make coffee that...

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Summer…and the Riesling’s Just Fine

  • Publish Date: Jul 22, 2013
  • Tags: riesling

Riesling is dangerously easy to drink in the summer. What could be better than a cold wine with flavors so fresh, racy, and lively that the wine seems spring loaded? There’s just one...

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Hit a Home Run with Collectable Baseball Wines

  • Publish Date: Jul 19, 2013
  • Tags: baseball

Baseball-loving wine enthusiasts across the U.S., now’s your chance to put down your beer and celebrate America’s greatest pastime with a glass of California cab! Wine by Design...

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Fire Up the Grill and Bring On the Veggies!

For all you grill masters, it’s time to (at least once this summer!) put down the ribs and grill up some of these fresh vegetables to savor with a nice glass of wine. A great addition...

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Calories and Wine. Some Things are Better Left Unsaid.

  • Publish Date: Jul 18, 2013
  • Tags: calories

Be honest. Do you really want to know how many calories are in a glass of wine? You probably do know (about 150 per glass, sorry to break it to you), and when you have just one glass, it’s...

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Set Sail for San Francisco with Nobilo Wines

This September, five lucky winners and their guests will experience the ultimate sailing getaway to San Francisco, courtesy of New Zealand’s Nobilo Wines . Sweepstakes winners will enjoy...

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All Bread is Not Created Equal

  • Publish Date: Jul 22, 2013
  • Tags: bread

If you are having guests, you probably spend a lot of time planning your menu, right down to the side dishes and the cheese. But when you’re getting your wine line-up ready, don’t...

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Four Great Wines for the Fourth

The Fourth of July is under a week away! The quintessential American summer holiday is important for many reasons, but it is also a day we love to spend outside, in good company, eating good...

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Celeb Chef Dishes on His Wine Likes

Celeb chef and racehorse owner Bobby Flay was honored recently for his efforts to protect the treatment of thoroughbred horses once they stop racing. The event was at Flay’s famed Bar...

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Pairing Wine with Cold Vegetarian Summer Soups

What’s the first thought that comes to mind when someone says “soup”? A big cauldron of boiling, rich, filling broth, studded with meat? That sounds great if it’s...

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Easy Happy Hour Cocktails Start With Wine

Who doesn’t look forward to happy hour—that time of day when youcan exit the office, Fred Flintstone-style, and head home? Home is a great spot for happy hour, too. Here are a...

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An Interview with Filmmaker Jason Wise

The number of documentaries released in theaters each year can be counted on one hand. After earning rave reviews at the Napa Valley Film Festival , SOMM is now one of them. The film...

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The Irish Order of the Wine Geese

We love the Irish for their writers, philosophers, beer, whiskey and …. wine? Believe it or not, the Irish have been producing some of the best wine in the world for generations, even...

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Icewine is Red Hot

As the heat waves start rolling this summer, cool off with a bottle of Canadian icewine, as cold and refreshing as the country’s below-zero temperatures, minus the frostbite. Icewine is...

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Bordeaux for Father's Day

Looking for a great Father’s Day idea for the guy who loves great food and good times? Bordeaux has an unexpected gift for Dad with the Today’s Bordeaux selection of white wines...

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Domaine Chandon Celebrates 40th Anniversary on Bastille Day

When it comes to knowing how to celebrate, the French are masters. They invented Champagne, after all--and they’ll prove it again soon when they celebrate Bastille Day with fireworks,...

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Make this Father's Day Special with Help from Sherry-Lehmann

Father's Day is right around the corner and at Sherry-Lehmann, New York's Leading Wine Retailer we have hand-picked some great bottles to make your dad feel extra special and keep his glass full...

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What Being “Green” Means for Wine

Everyone from winemakers to the sales clerks at Whole Foods is talking about “green” wine and it can get confusing. So we’re here to break it down for you. Any wine made in an...

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Got the guest list? Don’t blow the wine!

Sometimes figuring out the wine for your wedding can be just as difficult as creating the guest list. Fortunately, we have some helpful hints to make it the fun, meaningful process it can...

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A Distinctive White Wine from Argentina

When you think of Argentina you probably think steak, leather, tango and malbec . Add to that list torrontés , a grape used to produce a distinguished white that is making its way...

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Start Sipping Your Way Through Southampton

Hey, New York! Team Bottlenotes is ready to take you all over the world of wine. We hope you’re prepared for our inaugural Around the World in 80 Sips® tasting in Southampton, NY on...

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Best of May

Team Bottlenotes washed our hands in April's showers and opened a bottle of viognier to welcome May's flowers. During last month's team offsite meeting, we decided to shake things up! Each month...

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June Wine Events

  We’ve shed the cool-weather clothing, and gotten ourselves bathing suit ready. Now it’s time to have some fun, wine-style. Here’s a listing of some great goings on...

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Brooklyn for Wine Lovers

Wine bars in Brooklyn are hotter than Brooklyn in July, and it seems like a new one opens every day. Below are ten recent arrivals that are perfect for an after-work drink with coworkers, a...

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Start Sipping Your Way Through DC

Greetings DC wine enthusiasts! Prepare your palate for an epic wine journey and help Bottlenotes kick off a restaurant week for wine at the Taste Around Town Launch Party. This food &...

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Become a Bottlenotes TasteAgent Today!

Do you love wine? Do you love scoping out cool events in your city? Do you insist on documenting and sharing your epicurean adventures with friends? Then Bottlenotes wants you for our team of...

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Life with Wine: Perfect Pairings

When we talk about white wines for summers, we implicitly understand the reference. Summer whites are bright, light, thirst quenching wines that are eminently drinkable. Sancerre ,...

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Even Frozen Meals Need Wine Pairings

Set the scene: You live alone or else your significant other is away or out for the evening. You’ve had a long day and you’re hungry. You slide open the freezer and grab your favorite...

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Wine Country Inns

Have you ever arrived at a winery so gorgeous, so idyllic, that you wished you could move in? Well, you can — for a while — at wineries with guest houses available for rent....

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A Few Fun Videos to Watch While You Wine

With wine marketing taking up greater presence online, it’s no surprise that wineries are getting creative in the video department. It’s surprising, however, just how funny and...

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A List of Summer Wine Reads

If you’re more staycation than vacation this summer, you can at least transport yourself in mind and spirit with a great wine read. Here’s a list of a few books, both new and old,...

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The Hottest New Color in Wine: Orange

Joe Campanale enjoys nothing more than giving his customers a strong sensory memory, which is why he serves orange wines by-the-glass at each of his four NYC restaurants, della’anima ,...

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Five Must-Visit Tasting Rooms in Wine Country

The vines are waking up and getting ready to enjoy summer, and you should be, too! Plan your next trip to northern California wine country, and be sure not to miss these must-visit tasting rooms....

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Olive Oil from Wine Country

Olive oil and wine just seem to go together; they’re part of that magical combination of foods that make the Mediterranean diet so healthful. Both grapevines and olive trees flourish in the...

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Stuck in Lodi Again? Not Such a Bad Thing

Just about a year ago I set out on the road Seekin´ my fame and fortune Lookin´ for a pot of gold Thing got bad things got worse I guess you will know the tune Oh! Lord Stuck...

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Ideal Breakfast in Bed

Maybe your family’s Mother's Day tradition includes heading out for a delicious brunch as a family; maybe it includes the pitter patter of feet rushing around the house trying to quietly...

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Life with Wine: Greece

Bud burst comes to Santorini , a Greek island in the southern Aegean Sea , in the early spring as it does in most of the northern hemisphere, but it is unlike bud burst anywhere else on earth....

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Not Your Parents Music Festivals

Hundreds of music festivals happen across the U.S. each year, but we love a festival that has something for all of our senses, so here are four of the best music festivals for music, food, and...

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A Great Gift this Mother's Day

While the Old World is famous for family vineyards that span centuries of success, America’s domestic wine industry found its legs mere decades ago. With significant help in the 1960s, 70s...

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Introducing the Film Escaping Robert Parker, Now Available on Demand

For the past three decades, wine critic Robert Parker has provided recommendations that have served as a fool-proof buying guide for numerous consumers and wine retailers. For others,...

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Win a Trip to the Windy City

There's so much to do in Chicago; that's what makes it so wonderful! If you're a die-hard foodie, history fanatic, sports lover or music fan, Chicago is your kind of town. How about a weekend...

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The Wool Over Our Eyes

If you’re like us, the first thing you do when you’re thinking about buying a wine is turn the bottle over and read the back label. There’s often some good intel there. But...

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Sip Your Way Through San Diego

Hey, San Diego! Team Bottlenotes is ready to take you all over the world of wine. We hope you're prepared for our 5th annual Around the World in 80 Sips® tasting in San Diego on Thursday,...

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Life with Wine: Barolo

Italy’s Piedmont region not only borders France and Switzerland, its food and wine embody many of the finest qualities of the three nations. “Piedmont” means foothills,...

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You Don't Have to Forgo Wine When Enjoying BBQ

A pork shoulder cooked low and slow over hickory? Sounds delicious, but what wines can you pair with this BBQ classic? We’re not opposed to a cold beer while tending the smoker, but love...

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May Wine Events

It's about time. We can finally emerge from hibernation, don the flip flops and head to a weekend outdoor wine event. And this month there are boatloads of them taking place all across the...

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Pair Calfornia wines with party food by Chef Michael Mina

Love wine? Love food? Love wine and food together? Now you can enroll in a Cook Taste Eat food and wine pairing class featuring award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Mina and...

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Perfect Pair: Quiche Lorraine and International Riesling

After indulging in many terrific wines at the Alsace Festival in Anderson Valley, California, we have a new appreciation for the wines and cuisine of northeastern France. There’s Alsace,...

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Cheers to World Malbec Day

Malbec is one of the five grapes used when making some Bordeaux blends. But its star role is in Argentina where it plays THE lead. In honor of World Malbec Day today, here’s a recap of...

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5 Memorable Grocery Wines Under $25

Sure, we enjoy the rare and esoteric when it comes to wine, but sometimes you’re at a grocery store in your hometown, or across the country, and are looking for something that’s...

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The Origin of Wine Grapes

Bordeaux , Burgundy , Napa Valley . We know the names of famous wine appellations today. But where was the world’s first wine appellation? Grape geneticist Dr. José Vouillamoz and...

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A Meatball for All Palates, with Wine to Match

There are certain foods that scream “comfort,” and the meatball is no exception. But all meatballs are not created equal and in fact, we believe all meatballs don’t even require...

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Let There Be Light!

If you haven’t lifted a case of wine lately—don’t. (Your back will thank you). The average weight of a bottle of wine--and therefore a case--has been going up for two...

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Life with Wine: Bordeaux

Few economic sectors see the effects of global warming as clearly as winemakers, for whom the words “weather” and “vintage” are synonymous. In Bordeaux , decades of...

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Lean Summer Drinks

Waistline alert. We’re right on the cusp of summer, and guess what? Three of the most popular adult summertime beverages are also three of the most fattening! Margaritas, piña...

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The Tax Man Cometh, The Wine Doth Open

Whether you’re getting a refund or you’re paying the government today, you’ll need wine to celebrate or drown your pain. We thought we’d distract you from the possibility...

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Pairing Shrimp and Grits with Chardonnay

Are there many more dishes iconic to the South than shrimp and grits ? This low country favorite combines the fresh, ocean-breeze taste of shrimp with the rich, comforting soul of grits cooked...

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Life with Wine: Chablis

If you gravitate toward Champagne and Sancerre and prefer your chardonnay without overt flavors of oak, vanilla or butter, try Chablis. The eponymous wine of the most northerly appellation...

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Buy the Mom in Your Life Great Gifts and Win a Trip for 2 to Napa!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you love a mom who loves all things wine, we have just the destination. Visit the super-cute Wine Sisterhood shop through the month of April...

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Aging Wine Underwater

Everyone knows that Champagne and oysters make a tasty pairing, but what about Champagne bottles chained to oyster beds? It’s not as crazy as it sounds—since 2007 winemakers in...

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Sip and Eat the Afternoon Away at This Vineyard

If a trip to Mendoza, Argentina, is in your future, make sure to save an afternoon for a visit to the delightful Lagarde , a family run mid-size winery that dates back to 1897. You’ll...

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Pairing Wine with Ethnic Food

Just about every type of cuisine can be paired with the right wine. All that’s required are a couple of ground rules to easily pair wine with everything from Masala Dosa and delicate toro...

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Perfect Pairing for Michael Mina

Riesling is a varied and versatile grape—and one that is notorious as a perfect pairing with Asian-inspired dishes because it can be both delicate and complex. In particular,...

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Life with Wine: Rosé 101

Rosé de Provence is the kind of wine that fulfills a longing for a particular time and place. Its pale salmon hue, fresh fruit aroma and tumbling minerality evoke seaside lunches and...

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Bern's Steak House

The only thing you need to know about Bern’s Steak House is that the wine list is bigger than Tampa’s phone book. And maybe that they serve some of the best steaks in the country....

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The EuroCrate Wine Box

If overflowing linen closets and tiny countertop bottle holders are your reality, we’re here to save you from your wine storage dilemmas! Trying to properly store wine in a small space,...

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Easter Dinner and Drinks

Once you’ve finished hunting for eggs, concentrate on pairing your Easter brunch or dinner with some adult Easter treats. Here’s The Daily Sip's guide to a hoppin’ good Easter...

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A Match Made in Heaven

Roast chicken and pinot noir are a match made in heaven. The acidity and light tannin of pinot noir cut right through the skin of a crispy roast chicken, while the light-medium bodied nature of...

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Drink Local. Drink Maryland.

If you eat local, why not drink local? Drink Local Wine wants you to experience “wine from around here, wherever here happens to be.” Drink Local Wine is an organization dedicated...

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Marvelous March

This has been a busy month for the Team Bottlenotes! We had a great time in Washington, DC at our Around the World in 80 Sips series , we lost our voices yelling at the television during...

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April Wine Events

Put up your umbrella, pull on your rain boots and grab a glass. There are wine events sprinkled across the country this month to help celebrate the long awaited arrival of spring....

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Life with Wine: Israel

  The Passover Seder is structured around drinking four cups of wine. For decades this meant the ceremonial meal was punctuated by sips of the syrupy concord grape based Manischewitz , a...

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Sake and Sushi Bar Cuisine

When it comes to pairings made in heaven, we can’t think of a match that’s better than sake and sushi. After all, they both grow out of ancient Japanese culinary traditions. In fact,...

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Wines by the Glass Secrets

America’s wine drinking habits can seem a bit volatile (just ask poor merlot), but we’ve found the latest data to help you decide which wine by the glass to order the next time you...

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It's Not Just About the Malbec: Mendoza, A Wine Destination

Some people love adventure travel, some love cultural trips, but if the wine-o in you is seeking a themed vacation, then Argentina’s Mendoza might be the perfect prescription. It’s...

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Prairie pop?

The state of Illinois is known for a great many things, it's the home of the Windy City, the Fighting Illini and our President, Barack H. Obama. The Land of Lincoln may soon earn a new claim to...

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St. Patricks Day Picks for Wine Drinkers

If the wine-o in you has often felt left out on St. Patrick’s Day, fear not. For all you Guinness and Irish whiskey drinkers, we’ve got some suggestions that will hopefully bring you...

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Delectable wine for light and flavorful white fish

Branzino (a type of sea bass) is a white fish that is easy to adore given that it is both light and flavorful--a guilt-free restaurant order, as it were. Our friends at Cook Taste Eat have a...

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Some Contestants Too Young to Drink, But Judges Aren't

It’s hard not to get caught up watching American Idol, especially now as it’s gettin’ real, going live and America is voting on those lucky enough to become finalists. Plus,...

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Can You Define Terroir in Just a Sentence?

It’s hard to talk about wine these days without someone mentioning the word terroir . This French term does not have a simple definition, but refers to the impact that all the natural...

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Taste Around Town Presented by Wines of Portugal

Love restaurant week? Love wine? Then you’re in luck: Taste Around Town Presented by Wines of Portugal launches this week in New York , Chicago and San Francisco . Over the next two...

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This Spring Break, Take Your Palate to Portugal

Bottlenotes and Wines of Portugal are kicking off the inaugural Taste Around Town: Portugal this week in San Francisco. Over the next two weeks, visit any (or all!) of our participating...

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Life with Wine: The Young Guns

For the latest generation of women winemakers, there has been no single path to success. The spectacular career of Ntsiki Biyela is a case in point. Raised in the rural South African province...

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The Ten Most Powerful Women in Wine

The Drinks Business Magazine recently published a list of the fifty most powerful women in the wine industry. We proudly give you a countdown of the top ten : 10. Laura Jewell, MW : As...

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Life with Wine: The Trailblazers

Just a few decades ago, it was rare to find a woman winemaker at the helm of a world-class winery or vineyard. It took a generation of female vintners with vision, talent and perseverance to...

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Warrior Pose and Wine

Spring is right around the corner maybe you’re thinking of getting back into shape. After all, winter swimsuit season is in full effect. Perhaps you’re trying a barre workout or TRX...

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Wine Events in March

Spring may not be in full bloom yet, but wine festivals and tastings are blossoming this month. We may be biased, but the don't-miss event below is our 3rd annual Around the World in 80...

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A Fabulous February

We hope your February has been love-filled, wine-filled, and all around smashing. This month we kicked-off our 5th annual Around the World in 80 Sips series, mourned the loss of the 49ers, and...

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Celebrating D.O. Ribera del Duero

D.O. Ribera del Duero has become synonymous with quality in Spanish wine. Its wines are at once rich, powerful, age-worthy and elegant, even graceful in the case of Vega Sicilia . Located on...

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Life with Wine: Burgundy

How does one understand Burgundy? According to Jacques Lardière, who spent forty-two years as Louis Jadot ’s technical director before officially handing the reigns to...

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Matching Rich Pasta with a Weighty White Wine

Potato gnocchi are among the more filling pastas out there. When prepared as “gnocchi ravioli,” especially doused in brown butter, they become downright decadent. (Our friends at...

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Wine in a Box: Don’t Judge

Old-school boxed wine might seem a bit square for the young and the hip, but one wine company (made up of that same crowd) is hoping to shift the just-of-age set’s opinion. Public House...

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Drink Through The Oscars with Wine and Movie Matches

The envelope and the corkscrew please… We’ve assembled a wine-by-movie pairing for Hollywood’s biggest night. Serve them all in order with a five-course meal, or pop each...

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Introducing a Domestic Albariño

Listen, we know there is little better than a delicious, juicy, all-American hamburger. But if you’re not a red meat eater, we all know that turkey burgers are a great substitute....

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Life with Wine: The Columbia Valley

A broadly drawn wine map of Northern California and the Pacific North West would designate the Napa Valley in California as the classic region for cabernet sauvignon, the Willamette Valley in...

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Hollywood's Glam Couple Add Winemaker to Resumé

Ever wonder what might trounce the attention generated by Angelina’s leg? Maybe a little Miraval rosé from Provence made by the Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie....

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Uruguay on the Rise

As the fourth largest wine producer in South America (after Chile , Argentina and Brazil ), Uruguay is making its move onto the world stage of wine. Indeed, tiny Uruguay shares the same...

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Wines for the Ultimate Comfort Food Combo

The combination of crisp, buttery, grilled bread, melted cheese, and a steaming bowl of tomato soup cannot be beat. But while you’re dunking your diagonally cut sandwich into that soup, can...

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Life with Wine: Gramercy Tavern's Juliette Pope

As the Gramercy Tavern Beverage Director, Juliette Pope manages every aspect of the restaurant’s wine program from selecting wines, to meeting budgets to the logistics of cellaring, all...

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Ideal Breakfast in Bed this Weekend

What could be better than spoiling your special someone with breakfast in bed this Valentine’s weekend? Nothing. So we asked our friends at Cook.Taste.Eat. for the perfect breakfast in...

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Paso Robles Wine Country Hits the Road

Hey California! Paso Robles Wine Country hits the road with tastings in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco to showcase the wines of Paso Robles. These events bring the winemakers and...

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Wine Watering Holes in The Big Easy

The living is easy in The Big Easy, and during Mardi Gras, the partying is hard. And even though New Orleans is all about its Bourbon and Hurricanes (drink, not weather-related), we wanted to...

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Wine and Chocolate Pairing

Chocolate is a traditional gift for Valentine’s Day, but if your sweetheart is watching his or her waistline, consider wine as an intriguing, sensual alternative. Or, better yet, why not...

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Valentine Cocktails

When it comes to the best Valentine’s Day cocktails, Prosecco wins every time in our book. The refreshing Italian sparkling wine from the region northeast of Venice is the most sociable of...

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Wine Clubs Gone Wrong

There are more wine clubs from leading companies these days than any of us can keep track of. The Wall Street Journal Wine Club , The New York Times Wine Club , the Zagat Wine Club , to name a...

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Life with Wine: Pessac-Léognan

At 41, Stephen Carrier of Château de Fieuzal may be among the youngest head winemakers at a Bordeaux Cru Classé winery, but that has not stopped him from challenging the...

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Sipping by the Slopes

After a day of skiing or snowboarding, you deserve a nice, relaxing glass of wine. If you are heading to Colorado this winter, you will find great wines at some of our favorite Aspen and Vail...

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What is Leftover Wine?

You’ve heard the joke . Question: “How long does leftover wine last?” Answer: “What’s leftover wine?” In the interest of promoting moderation and less wine...

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Los Olivos offers hidden gems waiting for the wine enthusiast to discover test test test test test

The Super Bowl is this Sunday and while many will happily celebrate this unofficial American holiday with beer, why not show who you’re rooting for by the contents in your wine glass? For...

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January Sipping

Alyssa CHATEAU MUSAR “Jeune Red” Bordeaux Blend 2001 (Bekka Valley, Lebanon) $45 At LA’s trendy Gjelina restaurant, the only thing that could eclipse Lebanon’s truly...

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Life with Wine: Margaret River

Cloudburst owner and winemaker Will Berliner just netted the chardonnay he will harvest in late February. The meshwork protects the fruit from three types of birds: silver eyes, which take a...

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Fabulous February

The New Year is off to a good start and we are gearing up for our annual Around the World in 80 Sips TM kick-off in San Francisco for the 5th time! But there are plenty of other great wine...

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Keeping Wine for the Long Haul

To enjoy aged wine, is it necessary to construct an elaborate wine cellar, carved into the depths of your home? Absolutely not. The most important part of creating a space to store your wine is...

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French Onion Soup and Alsace Pinot Gris

Tonight, your taste buds long for a rich, aromatic soup to cut the winter chill. We vote for French onion soup , a divinely soothing classic that is slow cooked for deep flavor and silky...

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How to BYOB

Have you ever wanted to bring your own wine to a restaurant? You’re not alone. And most restaurants will wholeheartedly support you in bringing a personal favorite wine—if you follow...

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Life with Wine: Specialty Importers

Brian Larky, Dalla Terra ’s chairman and founder, is a pilot, deep powder skier, white water guide, and divemaster. He is also a UC Davis trained winemaker who after five years at...

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Celebrate with Slow Wine

To celebrate the launch of the second edition of The Slow Wine Guide , the innovative guide to Italian wineries rated as "good, clean and fair" by Slow Food Italy , Slow Wine is hosting a...

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Celebrate with Slow Wine

To celebrate the launch of the second edition of The Slow Wine Guide , the innovative guide to Italian wineries rated as "good, clean and fair" by Slow Food Italy , Slow Wine is hosting a...

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Wine Trends

Last week the international wine and spirits exhibition VINEXPO released its highly anticipated 2013 Global Markets and Trends Report. Based on sales figures between 2006 and 2010 from 28...

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Grape Expectations

Well, even if you didn’t get an invitation to the Presidential Inauguration luncheon from the Obamas — or the Bushes or Clintons for that matter — you can still enjoy the same...

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Takeout Thai and Gewürztraminer

One of the first milestones in wine education is arguably learning to pronounce (and spell) “ gewürztraminer .”(For the record, it’s guh-VERTS-tra-meener ) Celebrate this...

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Throwing Your First Wine Tasting Party

Hosting your first wine tasting is a rite of passage for wine enthusiasts. It’s up there with learning how to spit. First, it helps to have a theme, like Bargain Bordeaux , Aromatic...

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Life with Wine: Specialty Importers

A Valencian who adopted California as his home, José Pastor is a tireless advocate of handcrafted wines made from Spain’s indigenous grape varieties in classic and up-and-coming...

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Discover the Unique World of Wines from Spain

The Wines from Spain Wine Guide is the authoritative online resource for Spanish wines, with winery profiles, tasting notes, an overview of Spanish Wine Laws, Wine Terms, Grape Varietals, and...

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The Great Wine Capitals of the World

There may be but Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but there are nine Great Wine Capitals of the World. Can you name them? The Great Wine Capitals of the World Global Network (GWC) can...

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Port for Cozy Nights

As the evening winds down, doesn’t a glass of Port sound warming? You're in an overstuffed chair, watching the logs in your fireplace burn down to embers. What, you don’t have a...

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How to Cook with Wine

We like to use wine in slow cooking to add richness to a dish, and adding a splash of wine at the end can enhance the flavor even more. But how do you know which wine to cook with? Here are some...

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Hostess and Wine Pairings

Although Hostess dessert snacks are no longer in production, they linger on - often in marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Craigslist. If you happen to have some Zingers, Fruit Pies or Donettes...

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Start Your Morning Ritual the Right Way

If you're like us, starting your morning with a great cup of coffee is not only a neccessity, but a ritual that we look forward to. And with a little bit of guidance, anyone can make coffee that...

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Life with Wine: Specialty Importers

When Long Island son Joe Dressner met Burgundy native Denyse Louis at NYU, the two were studying for their masters’ degrees in journalism. At the time, they had no idea that one day they...

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Start Your Morning Ritual the Right Way

If you're like us, starting your morning with a great cup of coffee is not only a neccessity, but a ritual that we look forward to. And with a little bit of guidance, anyone can make coffee that...

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Fergie, Wine and a Great Cause

eBay isn’t just for gently worn Jimmy Choos or a used set of clubs. There’s a celebrity auction happening right now, matching stars with their charities. Why are we telling you,...

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Stormy Outside, Happy Inside

Let it snow, people. We’ve got a list of reds to weather any storm. For today, consider us here at the Daily Sip your personal storm team. We did some legwork, err…umm…some...

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SIMI Was A Favorite For The Master of Thrill

Receipts and a guestbook signing suggest Alfred Hitchcock was thrilled with the wines of SIMI Winery in Healdsburg, California. The master of the thriller was said to visit frequently and chat...

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Five Wines Inspired by Rock Music

“A sleep trance, a dream dance. A shaped romance. Synchronicity.” If classic rock doesn’t make you think of classic wine, it might be time to change your tune. Lyrics from...

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Life with Wine: Specialty Importers

When studying wine, one of the first things you learn is what the information on the front label of a wine bottle reveals about its contents – region, vintage, vineyard, producer, and...

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Wine Classes for the New Year

If you’re searching deep within your soul for a new resolution (losing weight is sooo 2011) consider taking a class on wine. There are dozens of exciting options. And while we’d like...

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Around the World in 80 Sparkling Sips

It’s true that Champagne and sparkling wine make delicious aperitifs. The bubbles put everyone in a party mood and their crisp, refreshing flavors help whet the appetite. But the czars of...

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January Wine Events

You're probably still admiring the goodies you received over the holidays and contemplating starting your New Year's resolution diet early. But Team Bottlenotes wants to help you ring in the New...

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Sure You Gotta Run, But Wait Until You Reach The Finish

Looking for a fitness resolution, but don’t want to give up wine? We’ve got the perfect solution for you. Start training to run a race from the Wine Country Half Marathon Series ....

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Life with Wine: Champagne

Given that 2013 will likely be a year for William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate, why not use Boxing Day as a moment to revisit the Champagne chosen to toast their...

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Sweet as Can Be

There are so many decisions involved with a Christmas dinner-- and it seems there’s little agreement. Mashed potatoes or roasted? Should you prepare a prime rib or baked ham? Do you watch...

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Joyous Tasting

December is Team Bottlenotes' favorite month of the year! Almost every day there's a reason to open, taste, and share a new bottle of wine with friends and family: 8 days of Hanukkah, 25 Days of...

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In a Stew

The cold snap in the air means winter is coming, which is good news if you like making cold-weather, one-pot meals like stew. While you’ve probably seen dishes like cassoulet and braised...

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Wine Tasting with Sherry-Lehmann in the New Year

At Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits in New York City where we have over 6,000 selections of wine, it can seem impossible to choose at times. Thus at Sherry-Lehmann we’re vowing to...

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Life with Wine: Champagne

Terry Theise calls himself an introvert capable of portraying an extrovert in small doses. In those small doses he has done more than perhaps any person on earth to bring respect, attention and...

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All I Want for Christmas

By now, we all pretty much know there’s no jolly, fat man in a red suit delivering Christmas presents on Dec. 25th. But still, it’s nice to suspend belief for a moment. Wouldn’t...

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The Family Circus

We love our families and are blessed that everyone can get together for the holidays. But take our family, please, take them, to paraphrase the classic Henny Youngman bit . After too long,...

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How to Love Wine

At some point, the way we think about wine got all messed up. Or so it seems to Eric Asimov, the wine critic for The New York Times. He says people come up to him and share their wine worries,...

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Holiday Wine Trivia

Ever wondered why some people make hot eggnog and others serve it cold? Think all there is to celebrating New Year’s Eve is counting down, exchanging kisses and toasting with Champagne?...

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Life with Wine: Champagne

Jean-Philippe Moulin could have simply retired in 2007 when he stepped down as head winemaker at Champagne Ruinart , Champagne’s oldest House. Instead he joined Champagne Paul Goerg as...

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The Corkscrew Job Wine Pairing

TNT’s Leverage , a show about a team of modern-day Robin Hoods of sorts, is doing a wine-themed episode, wronging a right on a vineyard. In The Corkscrew Job, the team cons a corrupt...

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Holiday Shopping Made Easy

The Holidays are in full swing! There are holiday parties to stock up for, gifts to be purchased, meals to be planned, and thus lots of occasions to buy wine! Here at Sherry-Lehmann Wine and...

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Elegant, Efficient, Eccentric: Our Holiday Gift Ideas

If you have a wine lover on your list, we are about to make your shopping life just a little easier. We’ve done a little holiday leg work and come up with a few wine ideas certain to please...

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Pleased as Punch

Hosting cocktail parties is fun, but wouldn’t you rather be mingling with guests than stuck behind the bar, mixing drinks? If you don’t have a mixologist in the family, why not turn...

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You Shouldn't Have!

Giving good gifts can be hard, especially when there are so many places to shop. When it comes to the food and wine lovers in your life, we’ve put together a list of great finds. 1....

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Life with Wine: Champagne

For Clovis Taittinger , 34, the welcome hiss of a Champagne bottle opening is always something magical. He still stares at the bubbles rising in his flute with awe. He views removing the...

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Kosher Wine 101

The kosher concept as applied to wine is much more complex than an association with "sweet and syrupy," and it results in some great-tasting wines you would never know were kosher. Tasty--and...

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Wine-Inspired Cosmetics

Sinatra wrote about cherry wine colored lips in one of his classics. Now, thanks to a partnership between Clos du Bois and Pixi Cosmetics , any girl – or any guy’s girlfriend- can...

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Bubbly for the Holidays

Mark Twain once said, "Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right" - we couldn't agree more, especially during the Holidays! Whether it's a cocktail party, a gift, or...

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In TATT We Trust

Generally speaking, we recommend choosing your wine based on what’s inside the bottle. But sometimes a label catches your eye, and you just have to have that wine. In the case of Tried...

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Not Wasting Any Time Popping Corks

In an eccentric, decadent, colorful display, the release of Georges Duboeuf’s 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau , was celebrated at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, at exactly midnight. Corks...

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Win a Trip to Rioja, Spain!

Did you know that Tempranillo is Rioja’s most widely-planted grape? Grown around the world, Rioja Tempranillo produces wines boasting a soft fruitiness when young and more velvety...

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Life with Wine: Italy

The French have a long tradition of associating their premium Champagnes with their finest luxury goods. Nowhere is this more evident than at LMVH, parent company to fêted designers such...

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December Wine Events

The holiday season is upon us, and even if you’re still full from Thanksgiving, there’s always room for wine this month! Here are some highlights of wine events around the country....

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An Extraordinary November

The holidays are in full swing, and we must say, it's hard to imagine a more wine-filled and merry month than we had this November! This month, we celebrated anniversaries, engagements,...

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Black Friday Wine & Food

There are two camps when it comes to dealing with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when the Christmas shopping season begins in earnest. Members of Camp A go to bed early on...

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Life with Wine: Italy

Cantinetta Antinori opened in 1957 on the ground floor of the family’s ancestral home in Florence. Palazzo Antinori, as the trattoria is known, is an homage to the medieval tradition...

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Pumpkin Pie Goes Outrageous...Thanks to the Right Wine

You could end Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie and coffee. You could also drive 30 miles per hour in a 50 stretch; listen to music with cheap earphones; and go to bed early Saturday night. But,...

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Thanksgiving Wines...While You Are Cooking

W.C. Fields is credited with saying: “I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food.” If you’re adopting a similar ethos to get you through all the potato-mashing,...

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Companions

Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year! Food, wine and good company – Need we say more? However, no two meals are the same, so pairing wine can seem daunting, but not this...

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Wines that We're Thankful For

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection. Whether you’re a vegetarian or traditional turkey-ist, you’ll need a wine with enough fruit and acidity to pair with your protein as well as the...

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Talking Turkey

Whether there was turkey at the first Thanksgiving in 1621 is still open to debate. We’re not sure about the beverage menu at that historic meal either. But it seems likely that the...

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Life with Wine: Italy

During the Middle Ages, the hilltop towns of La Morra and Barolo fiercely disputed who controlled the prime vineyard lands of Cerequio, one of the most prestigious of Barolo’s crus, or most...

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Vino Virginia

It is easy to forget that California did not emerge internationally as a ‘world class’ wine region until the 1976 “Judgment of Paris,” tasting when California wines bested...

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Warm Up Wine for Fall

There’s a nip in the air. The leaves on the trees are turning brilliant shades of red. And it’s time to pull the boots and sweaters from your closet. The other sure sign of autumn...

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Alsace is Pure Expression

Few wine regions can claim pure expression: Alsace is an exception. Against the backdrop of the Vosges Mountains, winemakers in this picturesque region are singularly blessed with the purest...

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Bordeaux Reinvented for the Rest of Us

Can old world wines become new? The answer is yes if you are talking about Bordeaux, which has the reputation of being some of the best wine in the world, but also the most expensive. Many new...

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Pizza and Wine

Pizza debates usually take on the critical question: thick crust or thin? Since more than a few of us hail from Chicago, deep-dish pie from a spot like Lou Malnati’s usually wins. But...

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Robert Mondavi Private Selection

Robert Mondavi came to California with one objective—TO make wine that could stand up against the greatest wines of the world. And, he did. He also believed that wine is for everyone to...

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Life with Wine: Italy

Sixteen years ago, Francesca Planeta returned home to Sambuca di Sicilia from her first international sales trip with pockets full of orders for Planeta Chardonnay only to find that her father...

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50 States of Wine

As voters across the country head to their local polling stations to cast their votes, it seemed like an apropos moment to remember that all 50 United States produce wine. From Alaska to...

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Wine for Election Night

Election Day 2012 is fast approaching (even natural disasters like superstorm Sandy can’t stymie our thriving democracy)! As you gear up for an evening glued to CNN or Fox, a little wine...

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A Champagne Makeover

Perrier Jouët’s Cuvée Belle Époque bottle with its white and gold anemone flowers is iconic in the world of Champagne. But after 188 years, the venerable Champagne...

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Mt. Brave on Mountain Tops

It’s really about being there,” says Winemaker Chris Carpenter as he looks out over Napa Valley. “When I’m up on Mt. Veeder, that’s where Mt. Brave wines come...

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Drink Your Wine and Have Your Workout Too

There's nothing like a Halloween sugar binge to kick your butt into the gym. So while we're motivated, let's talk about alcohol and fitness. For many fitness gurus, alcohol is the devil:...

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Trick or Treat or Sip…

The wicked night of ghosts and goblins doesn’t have to be about filling a pillowcase with candy. There are plenty of tricks and treats for big kids, too. So we’ve come up with some...

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November Wine Events

Fall is in full swing, and the holiday season is quickly approaching. Although some feel this is the busiest time of year, we want you to remember to stop and sip wine no matter where you're...

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Francis Ford Coppola Winery

"Wine is so much more than a beverage. It’s a romance, a story, a drama—all of those things that are basically putting on a show.” – Francis Ford Coppola Put on a...

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Sipping with the Team

October has been a bustling month at Bottlenotes’ headquarters. In fact, we still haven't managed to change out our summer wardrobe with the woolly sweaters we've had tucked away in...

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Spirited Stories

We’re pretty sure you’re all stocked up on Halloween wines like BLACK CAT Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Rutherford, CA), $55; GRAY GHOST VINEYARDS Gewurztraminer 2011 (Virginia) $19,...

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Port and Pecan Pie?

Most of us know that fruity ruby Port goes with chocolate, but have you explored the pairing possibilities of other styles of this ancient fortified wine? As you might have guessed, true Port...

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Life with Wine: Italy

The story of Selvapiana is a fairytale come true. It begins with a beautiful hilltop castle surrounded by olive trees and sangiovese vineyards. Once a summer residence for Florentine bishops...

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Lungarotti Run by Two Generations of Women

Italy is a nation rich in history and tradition, especially in winemaking. That’s why when we heard about a trio of woman at the helm of an historic winery in the Torgiano region of Umbria...

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Star Sommeliers

A movie about studying wine might sound a bit dull on its face — flashcards anyone? But the movie SOMM proves that prepping to become a Master Sommelier is an all-consuming adventure....

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Convergence in Walla Walla

What do Randy Dunn, Michel Rolland, Philippe Melka, and Agustin Huneeus Sr. have in common? You may recognize these names as the producers of $100+ bottles from around the globe, but what you may...

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Beaujolais on the Bayou

We love it when unexpectedly beautiful wine pairings happen. Sometimes, trying a food and wine pairing that sounds kind of daring can be just the thing. Our recent revelation was discovering...

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Life With Wine

Alois Clemens Lageder, 25, arrived in New York for an internship with the wine distributer Martin Scott . He’d come via Volnay, the Burgundy town where he had been apprenticing in the...

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Drops of Jupiter, Drops of Wine

Call it a perfect pairing of wine and music. Next time you want to listen to music and enjoy a glass of wine, you might consider drinking wine created by musicians. The band Train has a line...

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Autumn in Anderson Valley

For pinot noir lovers, a visit to Burgundy is something of a bucket list trip. But for a pinot adventure that’s deliciously rewarding and very doable, consider the drive up to Anderson...

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A Food and Wine Festival to Support SHARE

Many of New York’s top female chefs came out [this September] to create a spread that would wow any foodie, and it was all for a good cause. “A Second Helping of Life”...

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Shinn Estate Vineyards, A Quiet Farmhouse with Lots Inside

Shinn Estate Vineyards is tucked away on Long Island’s North Fork, a peaceful little farmhouse with a lot happening inside its doors. The winery offers tours, both self-guided and...

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Hollywood & Vine

Working in a demanding place like Hollywood, you'd expect most actresses to spend their leisure time actually relaxing with family, working out or shopping for what to wear to the next premiere...

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Cookies Paired With Wine by Design

Cookies, meet wine. You no longer have to decide, “Should I have a cookie or a glass of wine.” Cookies and Corks has brought two of life’s greatest pleasures together for...

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Put on Your Stomping Shoes!

Grape stomping is a custom associated with the harvest, going back to Dionysus , the Greek god of wine. Dionysus’ life is symbolic of the vine’s life cycle. As legend goes,...

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Almost Here…A Board Game for Vino Lovers

Take two guys who love to invent games and love to drink wine, throw in a dash of Sideways-like romantic comedy, and what do you get? Viticulture , the new board game where players compete to...

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Celebrity Cruises

Step into modern luxury onboard Celebrity Reflection , the newest ship in Celebrity’s award-winning Solstice Class, which will make her U.S. debut in December 2012. Indulge in...

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Toastmasters

There is such thing as a healthy dose of competition. This summer we sipped through the Olympics (and you might have even taken our advice to create your own Wine Olympics ) and rooted for our...

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Tailgating Wines

The wait is over: football season is in full swing. While tailgating and beer usually go hand in hand, a glass of wine is a great way to enjoy a football game on a weekend afternoon. Here are a...

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Start Sipping Your Way Through New York

Hey, New York! Team Bottlenotes is ready to take you all over the world of wine. We hope you’re prepared for our 4th Around the World in 80 Sips® tasting in New York on Friday,...

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Pick, Press, Pour

The wine world was buzzing recently over news that the sommelier at Noma in Copenhagen was making his own cuvée. But actually, he’s joining a list of notable U.S. wine directors...

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Try a Special Wine Without Breaking the Bank

So, you’ve been craving a glass of 1983 Chateau Petrus , but you are short the $1200 or so it takes to buy a bottle? There’s a solution. You can take your fine-wine taste and your...

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Paso Robles

Harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country is a time filled with the scent of ripened fruit, scenic drives through rolling hills of red and gold, and the culmination of a year of hard work; the...

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Mousse Math

Alright, wine nerds. We know you geeked out on the trivia in our August 10 Sip , “Do you Know Wine?” The factoid about the number of bubbles in a bottle of sparkling wine —...

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October Wine Events

It’s hard to believe it’s already October! Harvest is in full swing, and it’s time to break out your wooly sweater and sip your way into fall at wine events around the nation....

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Opening September

September has been an outstanding month for sipping and toasting! The Bottlenotes Team is in agreement that we have popped more bubbly and tasted more wines this September than any other month...

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Harvest Is Happening

The early whites are well underway, Chardonnay is in full swing and the lighter reds such as Pinot Noir are starting to come in. Waves of Cabernet are in the wings. The weather has been, knock...

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A Taste of Spain in New York or at Home

There are an endless number of parades in most U.S. cities, however, none will prove as tasty as New York’s upcoming Paella Parade. The city’s top Spanish-food chefs are getting...

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Start Sipping Your Way Through Denver

Hey, Denver! Team Bottlenotes is ready to take you all over the world of wine. We hope you’re prepared for our 2nd Around the World in 80 Sips® tasting in Denver on Friday, October...

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Black Eyed Peas' Fergie Releases Wine Line

Is it as anticipated as one of her new records dropping? Hard to say, but Black Eyed Peas’ pop diva Fergie has released her latest work of art: wine. It’s called Ferguson Crest ,...

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Tasting Etiquette 101

Picture this. You’re standing at a tasting, in front of a winemaker. You’ve just taken a sip of his wines and are about to spit so you can talk to him about how amazing the wines are....

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Political Animals Premiere Party Wine Picks

Stars of the new USA Network show, Political Animals gathered at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York to launch the show. Sigourney Weaver stars as a politician whose husband was once...

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Ever Wonder Why

Most of us have offered a toast or two or joined in when someone else made one at a party. But did you ever think about why and how people started toasting? Here's some fun trivia: Did you...

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A Sip of Israel

If you travel to Israel and want to sample the cuisine, you can find incredible pita, hummus, and falafel. Less well known are Israeli wines. But for well over a hundred years, Israeli...

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Discover The Divining Rod

With the cool snap of fall in the air, it’s a clear sign that Halloween and all things mystical are just around the corner. Marc Mondavi thinks there is no better time to discover The...

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Cheeseburgers and Vino

Nobody really knows how National Cheeseburger Day on Sept. 18 got started, but we have to say it’s a holiday we can get behind. Sure, we’ve all downed our share of cheeseburgers with...

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Wine Couture

It isn’t Chanel, but you can still think of it as a very classy purse. If you need to tote wine in style, our vote is for Volére . The Italian collection features three...

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Wine Songs

Wine has featured in many popular songs over the years, from the Eagles’ “please bring me my wine” and “pink Champagne on ice” in Hotel California to The...

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SMASH Star Megan Hilty Teams Up with Nicolas Feuillatte

NBC’s SMASH earned a second season, and to kick off their first day back prepping for shooting, they celebrated with flutes of Nicolas Feuillatte . The Champagne-maker’s brand...

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Spin the Bottle Wine Game

You may have played spin the bottle as a kid, but now adults can play Spin the Bottle with Vino Vault , available here . This game is perfect for the next dinner party you host, and the goal...

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Napa Valley Harvest

Harvest has begun— follow vintage 2012 from vineyard to table. Crushing of grapes for sparkling wine began right on time in mid-August kicking off another outstanding harvest in...

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Oktoberfest is Here!

You may think Oktoberfest is only for beer lovers, but think again. Oktoberfest is a celebration of all things Bavarian and German, with events taking place the world over. Oktoberfest is a...

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Inhabit St. Supéry

A recent trip to Napa Valley found the Bottlenotes Intern Team exploring the winery’s newly-renovated guest center, tasting room, and fine art gallery. With glasses of citrusy 2011...

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Celeb-Filled Event Raises Money for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

If you were a woman with a credit card in the Hamptons last month, you were likely pouring through a high-end luxury garage sale called Super Saturday. In its 15th year, the star-studded...

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Two Friends Launch a Line of California Wines

Jim Nantz has called Super Bowls, Masters Tournaments and a slew of sporting events for CBS Sports for decades. Now, along with longtime friend and CEO of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits,...

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Caution: DNA Crossing

The discovery of DNA is one of the most important findings in biology in the last century. Did you know DNA has also been very important in the cultivation of grapes ? Just as humans have DNA,...

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Discover the Magic Within You!

Join Marc Mondavi and family to taste their new The Divining Rod wines and learn about the power of divining (aka: dowsing & water witching) on September 26th at Pranna in NYC . The...

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James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne is Serious Tasting

The James Beard Foundation held its annual Chefs & Champagne bash in the Hamptons this summer, and revelers gathered to sample fine wine and the food of some of the biggest names in the...

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California Wine Dreamin' All Month Long

April in Paris, perhaps. But definitely September in California. September is officially California Wine Month , and the entire state is breaking out the red carpet for wine lovers. More than...

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September Wine Events

Summer is fading and fall is coming, and this month may be the end of consistently nice weather. So get outside while you still can, and check out these excellent wine events and festivals...

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Sip Your Way Through Boston

It's getting closer, Boston! Are you ready for Team Bottlenotes' inaugural Around the World in 80 Sips™ tasting on Friday, September 7 at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse...

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God Bless American Food and Wine

Labor Day Weekend conjures up memories of cool summer nights, back-to-school prep, and the season’s end of mosquito bites. This year, why not enjoy three fool proof food and wine pairings...

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Best of August

August is one of our favorite months! There are so many reasons to sip wine. We spent weekends lazily sunbathing by the pool, hiking and picnicking, inviting friends and family over for...

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The Wine Region of Rioja

“Rioja is beautiful.” The first line of The Wine Region of Rioja by Ana Fabiano, (Sterling Epicure, 2012) available here , is proven true again and again throughout this breathtaking...

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Excite The Senses

Are you looking for a new kind of food and wine adventure? We have just the thing to please your palate and excite all your senses. Pack your bags, charge your cameras, grab your passport and...

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Our Favorite New Pairing

Among the many glorious taste experiences at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival , we discovered a dreamy new dessert and wine pairing: salted caramel chocolates and late harvest dessert...

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Great Wine Aerators

If you have a bottle of wine that you truly love, it’s important to bring out its full flavor and aroma. For example, you wouldn’t serve it too cold or too warm. Another method of...

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Looking for a New Wine Region to Discover? How about Macedonia?

When you think of wine travel, you might immediately imagine France, Italy, or California. Have you ever thought Macadonia ? Well, it might just be one to put on your wine-bucket list....

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VintageView Wine Storage

Thousands of years ago, wine was stored in cold dark caves. Then, wood became a favorite storage method. Today, contemporary metal wine storage systems are quickly becoming the favorite for home...

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Tuesday Night Tasting

Sure, there is probably something saved on your DVR and maybe even a beer in your fridge, and you could settle on that combination for Tuesday night relaxation. Or you could gather a few...

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French Advice: Garlic Beware

In southern France during the summer, dentists have been known to close up shop during food festivals featuring aioli. Aioli (ay OH lee) is homemade garlic mayonnaise, and French cooks are not...

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Summer Salad-Wine Pairings

One of the best ways to celebrate summer is by having a good salad. As long as there isn’t a ton of vinegar in the dressing, wine pairs very well with nearly any kind of salad. Follow this...

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Tapped Out

When scanning the taps in your neighborhood restaurant, don’t be surprised if you see pinot gris or pinot noir in slots that used to be reserved for traditional beers like Hefeweizen and...

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Wine Adventure in the Anderson Valley

Located northwest of Napa and Sonoma in Mendocino County, the Anderson Valley is a hidden gem for wine lovers. Known for pinot noir and varietals like gewürztraminer and riesling, the...

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Wineries Are Less Dramatic Than Soap Operas

If you’ve been looking for a wine to pair with your afternoon soap opera fix, well, there’s a winery that’s done the pairing for you. John Wright was an architect for...

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All-American Wines for a New England Tradition

Boiled potatoes, steaming-hot, fresh clams, crab claws, or lobster tails …or all of the above? Talk about delicious fare for a summer soirée. Here are some timeless and tasty wine...

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50% Off Around the World in 80 Sips Boston Tickets

Hey, Boston! Are you ready for the 1st annual Around the World in 80 Sips Boston? Team Bottlenotes is ready to take you all over the world of wine. Our first ever Around the World in 80...

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Do You Know Wine?

You may think you know wine, but there’s always more to learn. Here are some wine facts and did-you-knows guaranteed to impress your fellow wine lovers: • In 1801, Thomas Jefferson...

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Start Sipping Your Way Through LA

It's getting closer, LA! Are you ready for Team Bottlenotes' 2nd annual Around the World in 80 Sips ™ tasting on Friday, August 24th at the Peterson Automotive Museum? If you missed the...

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Not Your Run-Of-The-Mill Wine Route

The name alone tweaks one’s curiosity, but the laid back factor is a big sell too for this little industrial-park-turned-wine-hotspot in Lompoc, California, an easy drive from the seaside...

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Keep Your Spritz About You

If you like white wine, you may have had a spritzer before, which is white wine with club soda. But you may not have had the Italian version, called a spritz , which adds a bitter liquor or...

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Santorini Wine, Great with Any Sunset

If you’ve been to Santorini, one of the most beautiful Greek islands, you know the sunset experience may top that of any other. Okay, so you can’t get there this summer. No problem....

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Olympic Wines

The 2012 Olympics are in full swing, and as you watch the various sports from London, we’ve got you covered with the following Olympics-and-wine pairings. So sit back, relax, and take in...

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Cork Beyond the Bottle

The focus of a bottle of wine is never the cork, in fact you probably only notice them when they are defective. But the artistic minds behind Queork have come up with some of the most creative...

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Rap and the Moscato Boom

Moscato, that sweet, easy-drinking wine perfect for summer, is the fastest growing varietal in the country with sales increasing 70 percent since 2011. If this kind of growth continues,...

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Road Trip!

It’s the last stretch of summer before vacations end and the weather cools down. What better way to take advantage of summer than by taking a wine-themed road trip across the country?...

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The Team Has Chosen

This has been a terrific month of tasting, exploring, and celebrating. Our interns went on a trip to Napa Valley, a handful of Bottlenotes members explored the Anderson Valley, and we all...

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August Wine Events

Whether it’s relaxing with a glass on a hot day or enjoying one as the sun sets, August is a great month for drinking wine. Here are some highlights of August wine events, festivals, and...

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Hot Enough for You?

Here’s one sure-fire way to beat the heat this summer – open up a chilled bottle of Twin Vines Vinho Verde, then pour, sip and enjoy. Vinho Verde, or “green wine,”...

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Opening Ceremonies

Today, the Games of the 30th Olympiad kick off in London. You would be forgiven if you wondered what in the world the Olympics had to do with wine. Well, there is a wine for every occasion,...

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All American Cheese

Have you ever wished you could buy an artisanal product--for example, cheese--even if you live far away from where it’s made? The goal of Artisanal Premium Cheese is to make that a...

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Cheese in the Summer Breeze

How could you possibly improve upon a summer filled with wine, sun, and relaxing outdoors? What about the enticing aroma and taste of artisan Swiss cheese? We at the Daily Sip recently tasted...

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It’s Summer Time, and the Wine-Drinking is Easy

When it’s hot, and you want a fresh, light, crispy wine, you might consider Vinho Verde. It’s a Portuguese wine and it’s easy to drink, and it’s got a little fizz to it....

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Food and Wine Tours from South America to South Africa

If you’re a wine enthusiast, you may have visited some of the most famous wine-producing areas of France or California. But have you ever taken a bike ride through them? There are many...

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Wine Games? Balderdash!

Everyone has heard of the classic party game Balderdash —an easily adaptable, often hilarious, bluffing game in which the “Dasher” reads out a word (or name or date or movie...

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Kickstart a Wine Project

Have you ever heard of “crowd funding?” This internet-era term refers to people across the world pledging money to support a product, company, or campaign. It’s a recent...

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Wine Ice Cream

Wow is a universal word. Just ask Roxaina Hurlburt, self described “ice cream passionista” of Mercer’s Dairy in Boonville, NY, and creator of the award-winning Wine Ice Cream ,...

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The Daily Sip's Favorite Summer Sipper

Europeans have enjoyed these for centuries; Americans are just getting into the summer spritzer craze. Far classier than Zima from the 1980s, spritzers can be sipped poolside, by the barbecue, at...

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Click. Ship. Sip.

MyWineDeal.com brings the tasting room to your living room. Each week they host a live video chat with the winemaker whose wine is featured on the flash sale site. Members are invited to join...

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Winemaker Spotlight: Francois Lurton, Bodega Piedra Negra

Francois Lurton says he was the first to plant pinot gris in Argentina. He’s now the biggest producer of it in that country, making 48 cases a year. But it’s not his only standout...

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Sunny Mondays Call for Shiraz and Outside-in-Cheddar Sliders

Do rainy days and Mondays always get you down? One source reports that Mondays are actually the least likely day of the week for rain. It’s a perfect excuse to host a casual outdoor...

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Wine-Related Superstitions

It’s Friday the 13th, but hopefully bad luck is not upon us. Wine has been produced for thousands of years, so naturally there are many superstitions and traditions associated with it....

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4th Annual Twilight Wine Tasting is Coming Up on July 24th!

On Tuesday, July 24th, Chicago’s premier contemporary dance company, Hubbard Street Dance will join forces with Bottlenotes and The James Hotel to produce the fourth annual Twilight at the...

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From the Warrior Dash to Wine

The great music festivals of Busch Light, mystery meals, and mystery smells are not coming to an end. However, one musical weekend looks poised to flip that paradigm on its head. Firefly Music...

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"San-so" Anyone?

If you’ve heard of cinsault (pronounced “San-so”), it’s probably as a blending grape. In France, cinsault is most commonly grown in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, where...

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Start Sipping Your Way Through Los Angeles

Hey, LA! Team Bottlenotes is ready to take you all over the world of wine. We hope you’re prepared for our 2nd Around the World in 80 Sips® tasting in LA on Friday, August 24th at the...

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Discover why Rioja is pure genius

What happens when you combine the sex appeal of all-things-Spanish--dance, fashion, culture, cuisine--with the old-world sophistication of European winemaking? Wines from Rioja, Spain, of...

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Sciacchetrá—A Gem Lost To Extinction?

Sciacchetrá (shock-eh-tra) is the rare, amber dessert wine unique to the Cinque Terre, a collection of five seaside villages on the Italian Riviera . The vineyards in this beautiful...

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Revelation, Flirtation, Contemplation, Oh My!

Definition: Rhôngasm (noun) – what you feel when you drink an amazing Rhône wine. Sébastien Gavillet grew up as the son of a professional coffee taster, so like it or...

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Vin D'Amour: A Timeless Pairing

You most likely know the pint-sized Dr. Ruth for her late night interviews and frank advice about sex. Now she wants you to know her for something else too: Vin d’Amour, her...

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Romancing the Rhones Experience

Do you love Rhône wines? You can share in a seductive Rhône experience on Saturday, July 14th at The Old Mint in San Francisco, where you can enjoy 100+ Rhône wines from...

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George Taber Recreates the Judgment of Paris

So it’s probably safe to say that next-to-nobody thinks: I feel like a New Jersey cabernet with my grilled steak tonight. Hold on. The wine world just got pulled inside out. And...

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Stars & Stripes Forever

Wondering what kind of wine to pair with red, white and blue fireworks this July 4? The perfect option might be the Chandon American Summer , a sleek white bottle wrapped in red and blue...

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June Sipping

The first month of summer has flown by and we’ve already marked off a few items on our checklist—We’ve made a pie from scratch, visited the circus, gone on a beach bonfire...

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July Wine Events

July means summer, and summer means getting outside and enjoying the warm weather while it lasts—an experience that can be made all the richer if you have a glass of good wine in hand....

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Return Of The Mack

Take a former French Laundry sommelier with a penchant for Burgundy, garage style winemaking and hip-hop sensibility and what do you get? Mouton Noir , a line of seriously satisfying and...

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Spotlight: Texas Wines

Barbecues and football are most often associated with Texas, but did you know that Texas also has the fifth-most vineyard acreage of any U.S. state?Wine has an extensive history in Texas; grapes...

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Break Me Off A Glass Of That

So what do you do when you want just one glass of wine, but to get it, you have to open a 750 milliliter wine bottle that pours four? You might give up and open a beer instead. Or open the...

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Q&A with Hume Vineyards' owner/winemaker Stephane Baldi

How often do you sit gazing out your office window, dreaming of the chance to do something with your life that you really love? Ever look at someone and wonder, “how did (s)he get that...

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A National Holiday for Wine Lovers

Rejoice! Today is National Sauvignon Blanc day. One of the most popular white wine varietals, sauvignon blanc is known for its precision and refreshing crisp, “green” character....

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30% off & $0.01 Shipping on a Stellar Summer Sparkling

Taltarni Brut Taché from Australia’s Pyrenees (in Victoria, Australia- not to be confused with the Spanish Pyrenees) is not only award-winning and limited production, but one of...

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Jazz Up the Games with a Competition of Your Own

Bottlenotes CEO, Alyssa Rapp, has the pleasure of discussing wine entertaining tips with Regis and Kathie Lee on the Today Show this morning! One of the entertaining ideas she is offering up...

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Napa Pride

When you’re sipping a good glass of wine, it doesn’t really matter if the person who made that wine is male or female, black or white, gay or straight. It’s good wine. 
 But...

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Accessible, Affordable, and Award Winning

If you've done any wine tasting in Northern California, you were probably sipping in Napa or Sonoma. While these regions are not to be missed, we'd like to offer an alternative for your next Bay...

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The Walrus Talks Wine

Some know him as the Walrus, others as the guy in those Smith & Wollensky ads of the past decade (the one with a glass of Robert Mondavi Reserve red and a big steak). If you haven’t...

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Days of Wine and Lavender

Nestled in the Bennett Valley appellation of Sonoma County there's a wine paradise teeming with life, libations, and lavender. Welcome to Matanzas Creek . If you haven't visited this stunning...

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Malibu Barbie, Malibu Beaches, And Malibu…Wine?

Malibu Family Wines at Saddlerock Ranch is a winery tucked away in a most unlikely place. Two families teamed up to create it: the Semlers and the DeJorias. And while it’s a traditional...

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Celebrate Greek Wines

For two weeks (June 8 – 22), New York’s top restaurants and retailers go Greek! Join New Wines of Greece as we invite you to visit your favorite restaurants and retailers for special...

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Calling All Explorers!

Do you consider yourself an explorer? Are you the person who introduces your friends to newfound treasures? If so, don’t miss the chance to impress them further by becoming a member of the...

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Vin du Chien

Is the Napa Valley going to the dogs? It might seem that way at Frenchie, a new winery for dogs that debuted recently at Raymond Vineyards in St. Helena.  Frenchie — named after...

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Easy Reading And Sipping

Usually when we pick up a wine book, it's to grow and deepen our knowledge. However there are times, especially during long, hot days on the beach, when all we want is to be entertained. Lucky...

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Marc Mondavi Encourages You to Discover the Magic Within You

With the overwhelming amount of wizards, warlocks, vampires and werewolves both in print and on the big screen, it’s obvious that people everywhere are obsessed with...

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Timeless and Infinitely-Useful Wine Accessories

It’s that time of year again: inspirational speeches; mortar boards flying sky-high; graduates heading out to conquer the world.  So if the graduate in your life is also a burgeoning...

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Ballooning in Napa Valley

There’s not much wine tasting to be done at sunrise in Napa, but that doesn’t mean that adventurous visitors need to stay tucked in bed until the tasting rooms open. If you are ok...

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Non-Cliché Gifts For Wine-Loving Dads

It is Father’s Day season yet again, and another year of decisions about what to buy. (Not another tie!) If the dad in your life loves wine, but you want get him something a little more...

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The Spirit(s) Of Port

Portugal’s famous fortified wine, Port, is a singular aperitif. But its rich history as a mixer is also reviving the wine’s place in the modern cocktail movement . According to...

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Welcome Wisconsin In Your Glass

Wisconsin--home to the Green Bay Packers, cheddar cheese, Miller Lite and… wine? If this is news to you, don't be alarmed. We also didn't realize that the Copper State grew grapes. It's...

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June Wine Events

With the weather heating up, June marks the beginning of a flood of summer wine tastings and festivals throughout the country. This month, join Bottlenotes in San Francisco as we explore the...

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Wine, World Music And Song

Listening to live music while sipping chardonnay at your favorite winery is one of the pleasures of summer. But let’s face it: musical acts at most wineries fall into one of two safe...

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Wine, World Music And Song

Listening to live music while sipping chardonnay at your favorite winery is one of the pleasures of summer. But let’s face it: musical acts at most wineries fall into one of two safe...

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Our Favorite Wines This Month

May has proven to be a sensational month. The roses (and rosés) were in full bloom, Team Bottlenotes travelled to the Windy City for our Around the World in 80 Sips event series, and we...

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Bin There, Done That

The other day, while sorting through our stash of great Australian wines in search of something spring-like to sip, we realized that many of the wines were named Bin this number or Bin that...

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Sip Your Way Through Houston

It's getting closer! Are you ready for the 1st annual Around the World in 80 Sips ™ tasting in Houston? Our awesome event is on Friday, June 8th at Minute Maid Park—Union Station...

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Celebrate Memorial Day-- Sunrise to Sunset

Last year, we suggested you serve our infamous white Sangria recipe as part of your Memorial Day festivities . This year, we’re pulling out all the stops. Below you’ll find three...

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150 Ways To Kick Your Cellar Up A Notch!

Whether you’re in Hong Kong or London, Duluth or San Diego or anywhere in between—bidding in the global E-Auction of the world’s most celebrated charity wine auction, Auction...

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Drew Barrymore’s Italian Production

She helped “E.T.” phone home. She flashed David Letterman. And she’s one of “Charlie’s Angels.” Many of us feel as though we’ve grown up with actress...

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Champagne On Ice

Fashion icon Margherita Missoni isn’t just setting international style trends with her family’s sportswear brand. She’s also influencing the world of wine by making Champagne on...

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Former AOL Executives Steve and Jean Case Announce Their Latest Project

The husband-and-wife team of Steve and Jean Case is best known for their work at AOL – Steve, a co-founder and former CEO, and Jean, a former vice president. But they’re taking a...

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Purple Oxygen Eater

Here at Bottlenotes, we get excited about wine gadgets — especially when they work. If, like us, you’ve gotten mixed results when trying to preserve leftover wine with pumps or...

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Calling All Chicagoans To Taste Around Town

In case it slipped your mind in light of the NATO madness, Bottlenotes and CheekyChicago’s second annual Taste Around Town is taking place THIS WEEK throughout Chicago! Visit any of...

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Grape Sex

Well, it’s come to that point in the year. The mood is finally right, and over the next few weeks, there’ll be a lot of sex in the vineyards. Strictly between the grapes of course....

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What A Lovely Bouquet

Summer is coming. One of the best parts of the warm weather is the flowers blooming everywhere. Whether it’s purple violets underfoot, orange blossoms raining fragrant, or roses sprouting...

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Challenge Your Senses With The Wines Of Portugal

Wines of Portugal invites you to their Annual Grand Tasting in San Francisco on Monday, June 4, 2012. You don’t want to miss this chance to go Around Portugal in 80 sips because you...

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The Big 4-0!

Passing a milestone 40th birthday can often trigger the birthday blues. But two iconic Napa wineries both born in 1972 — Clos du Val and Silver Oak — couldn’t be more tickled to...

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Put a Cork In It; In Your Flip-Flops, That Is

Sip it, wear it, do the environment a solid. That’s the end result of a recycling initiative by specialty beverage seller BevMo!, Vancouver-based footwear company SOLE , and ReCork , a...

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A Match Made In Heaven

Big, bold cabernet sauvignons – you know the over extracted, over-oaked, high alcohol kind — have given the red grape something of a bad rap for overpowering most foods. But at the...

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Sip Your Way Through Chicago

In case it slipped your mind, Bottlenotes and CheekyChicago’s second annual Taste Around Town begins today in Chicago. If you haven’t already, purchase your tickets here for...

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De-Clutter Your Wine Life

Those bottles gathering dust in your shoe closet may be on their way out. Spring cleaning your wine stash means clearing bottles passed their drinkability to make room for new ones. You can...

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Wine-Loving Moms By Personality Type

So you're either are a mom, have a mom, or know a lot of moms who love wine. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of moms by personality type--and wine-related gifts for each. •...

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Vinho Brasileiro? Sim!

When it comes to potent potables from Brazil, you’re probably thinking cachaça and caipirinhas. But the South American nation also has a wine industry that was started by the...

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Host Gifts That Won’t Break the Bank

BBQ season means party season, so we came up with a list of great gifts to bring to your host. And they’re all affordable. Of course, a bottle of wine will always do, but small gifts for...

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Rosé Colored Glasses

When pale pink glasses of wine start showing up at your neighborhood bistro, it’s a sure sign that summer isn’t far off. Rosé wines are made all over the world, but the style...

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Start Sipping Your Way Through Chicago

Greetings, Chicago wine enthusiasts! Prepare your palate for an epic food and wine journey and help kick-off Bottlenotes and CheekyChicago’s second annual “ Taste Around Town...

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Wine Cocktails?

We’ve been drinking Kir, an aperitfif of white wine with creme de cassis, for ages. But let’s face it, the classic Burgundian libation is in dire need of a facelift. Originated to...

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Viva Vino

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo has nothing to do with Independence Day in Mexico (which is properly celebrated in September)? But the 5th of May does mark an important point in Mexican history...

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French Toast

If you love pinot noir full of smoky flavors or red Bordeaux with a hint of spice box, then say merci beaucoup to the French oak barrels that lend those flavors to the wine. Creating a barrel...

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Sideways Redux

If you think sipping pinot noir is cool, and still recoil at the very mention of merlot, then chances are you’ve seen the movie Sideways. On May 12, the Ruskin Group Theatre will debut the...

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Share Your Thoughts For A Chance To Win A $250 Gift Certificate

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and in addition to the champagne breakfast we want to know what gifts you’re giving your Mom. Fill out our short survey on what gifts...

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Around The World With Chenin Blanc

If you’re looking for a white wine to suit every mood this spring, look to chenin blanc. The shape-shifting grape is just as quaffable bone-dry as it is sparkling or sweet, thanks to its...

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The Best Of April

Out with the old and in with the new, but before the month is over and Team Bottlenotes starts sipping through May, we would like to share our favorite wines from this past month. Abigail...

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May Wine Events

While there’s rarely a reasonable excuse not to enjoy good company and delicious wine, May offers an especially wonderful opportunity because everyone is crawling out of hibernation and...

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Grapes Into Grain, Sacred Or Profane?

We've all heard the phrase "It takes a lot of good beer to make good wine," a reference to winemakers' time-honored after-work refreshment. Recently, thanks to modern craft brewers employing old...

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Pairing Wine With Chocolate--An Often Daunting Task

There are classic combinations in life: wine and cheese, fries and ketchup, bagels and cream cheese. We think wine and chocolate should be added to the list. Napa Valley’s Swanson...

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France’s Famous Grape Siblings

The primary grapes of France’s major wine regions are like elder siblings. They get all the glory. But the lesser known grape varietals of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone Valley are...

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Take Me Out To The Tasting Room

Baseball season is in full swing, which means fans can wash down their peanuts and hot dogs with the perfect pairing: wine. Like high-quality craft beer, wine has made a splash at ball parks...

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Make Every Sip Count

How many times have you walked into a wine shop only to be overwhelmed by all the choices? Now there is a mobile app called Blush that has the power to be your ultimate wine-shopping...

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Vibrant Rioja Grand Tasting Event

Come mingle with other wine lovers at the Vibrant Rioja Grand Tasting event on April 30, at the InterContinental Miami Hotel. Vibrant Rioja, Spain’s greatest wine region, invites you to...

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Bottle Shock

Most everybody knows glass can be recycled. So how come the EPA says 80 percent of wine bottles wind up in landfills? As Earth Day approaches, one of the best things you can do for Mother Earth...

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National Stress Awareness Month

April is National Stress Awareness Month . Practically an American pastime, stress, say experts, is the underlying cause of numerous chronic illnesses, countless sleepless nights, headaches,...

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One Winery, One Bottle, One Tree

If you’re looking for a way to make a difference this Earth Day (April 22), we at Bottlenotes say, “Sip.” That’s right. Trinity Oaks, a California winery, in an effort...

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The Making Of Malbec

Wine holidays are fun, especially when they celebrate significant moments in history. It was today in 1853 that Argentinian president, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, vowed to transform...

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The Spirit For Food

Even a wino can admit that some occasions call for liquor. Unfortunately, most 90 proof options do not exactly enhance food. Whiskey and cognac offer far more to cigars. And after a few vodkas,...

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Tax Day Wine Pairings For Every Type Of Return

It’s said that only two things are certain in this world: death and taxes. We, at Bottlenotes, have a third certainty: good wine exists at any price. So whether the taxman giveth or...

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Celebrating Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

Ever wonder who the first United States wine aficionado was? President Thomas Jefferson. In fact, the third president of the United States left such detailed notes on wine that books have been...

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April Showers Bring Spring…Wines

Ahh, spring has finally sprung. The flowers are blooming; runners are embracing the fine weather; and patio season is entering full swing. But with April and spring, come showers. How do you...

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It’s A Nice Day For A Wine Wedding

Your dream wedding may include free-flowing Dom or Cristal. But, there are easier and more affordable ways to make sure wine is a memorable part of your momentous day. Cork place holders might...

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Wine Picks For Vegetarian Dishes

Pairing wine with steak? Super easy--a big cabernet. A plate of pasta Bolognese? Think about a top Barolo. But veggies? Well, that’s where wine-pairing gets trickier. With the Meatless...

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Clos Du Val Winery

Clos Du Val Winery was founded 40 years ago on the vaunted principles of Vindependence: individuality, independence and expression that guide us to this day. We make wine. Wine that is honest,...

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Cool, Classy, And Kosher

As the rest of the world feasts on ham and chocolate Easter eggs, Jews relish the week of Passover as an opportunity to contemplate the Exodus from Egypt and the significance of unleavened bread...

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Egg-static Fermentation

Sneak inside Domaine Carneros’ cellar and you will find an egg-cellent treat. Standing six feet tall and weighing 2,000 pounds is a concrete egg-shaped tank covered in pastels and...

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Finger Lakes Wines Take On The World

Recently, on a rainy night in New York City, four winemakers from the Finger Lakes region of New York State showed up at Spina restaurant for a throw down. Armed with one wine each, they set...

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Hope You’re Thirsty

It is more than eight feet tall and holds enough liquid to fill 760 standard wine bottles. When it was first designed in 2009, Maximus, as it is known in the Czech Republic, was the largest...

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Varietal Spotlight: Argentina’s Torrontés Worth A Taste

Planted at very high altitudes in Argentina’s Calchaquies Valley, torrontés is a grape you may not be familiar with. Argentina is the leading producer of this delicious...

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Around the World in 80 Sips™ Chicago

Hey Chicago!There is only one week left to get your Around the World in 80 Sips™ Chicago tickets for Friday, May 11th at the Museum of Contemporary Art. We hope you will join us as Team...

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InsideHook Recommends The Best Local Experiences

These sommeliers make house calls! When you subscribe free to InsideHook by midnight on Sunday (April 8th), you'll be entered to win a three-month membership to Club W , a just-launched vino...

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Trump Wines…Coming Soon To A Trump Tower Near You

In the past, we’ve leveraged this annual prank day to come up with Sips on such things as the “ first 100-point wine made from hydroponic grapes ” and “ Lady...

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A Magnificent March

The Bottlenotes team is back from Spring Break and ready for action: our noses are freckled, our beach bods are tanned, and we are eager to share our favorite wines from this past month. Abigail...

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Wine In The Pursuit Of True Enjoyment

Being greedy isn’t necessarily something your mom would advocate, but she also wouldn’t advise drinking subpar vino. Good thing we’re covered on both ends. GReedy Wines ,...

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April Wine Events For Rain Or Shine

We thought we wanted to skip the April showers this year and head straight to May. But it turns out April will be pouring wine throughout the month and across the country. Bring it on, April. We...

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Meet The Dark Horses-- Lehigh Valley And Wenatchee

While college basketball lovers nationwide will be bracketing and betting on who will win the final four, (and nuzzling up next to the television with screams of frustration or joy), there are...

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Around The World in 80 Sips™ Miami

Hey, Miami! Team Bottlenotes is back and ready to take you all over the world of wine. We hope you’re as ready as we are for the 2nd annual Around the World in 80 Sips ™...

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Get Out And Taste

In case it slipped your mind, the 80 Sips Challenge is going on right now in San Francisco until March 31st. In the week ahead, be sure to visit as many participating restaurants in the...

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Around The World in 80 Sips™ Miami

It's getting closer! Are you ready for the 2nd annual Around the World in 80 Sips ™ tasting in Miami? Our awesome event is on Friday, April 20th at The Moore Building. If you...

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Bracket, Taste, Win

This Sip was also featured in the Huffington Post  yesterday! Find it here . By now, the brackets have been circulated, the pools have been entered, and the heat is on. Who will win it...

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The Bottlehood Of The Traveling Tumbler

The morning after your next party, take a closer look at the contents of your glass recycling bin. Observe the frosty blue of that Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle and the feminine curves of the Coca...

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Wine-Based Perfume

The Notes of Wine Collection by Kelly and Jones is a set of five hand-crafted perfumes that mimic the scents of five different grape varieties. The “flight” consists of sauvignon...

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Centennial

In 1912, Tokyo gifted Washington 3,000 cherry blossom trees, and an annual tradition of celebrating that gift began. This year, to mark the 100-year anniversary of the gift, there will be 5 weeks...

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Softening The Impact Of Wine Oxidation

Okay, it’s three months into 2012. Are you keeping your resolution to drink less? We admit, it’s a massive challenge, especially when you open a fabulously delicious and sometimes...

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Get Out And Taste

In case it slipped your mind, the 80 Sips Challenge begins today in San Francisco. Over the next two weeks, be sure to visit all of our resturants which include  Fog City Diner , Prospect...

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Luxury Wines by the Glass Featuring World-Class Wineries!

Ever wish you could enjoy a fabulous glass of wine at home — without opening an entire bottle? Now you can. Introducing Wines by the Glass from TastingRoom.com — an exciting new...

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It's Not Malarkey, The Irish Like Wine Too

Irish wine you say? That must be Guinness. But in fact there are wineries on the Emerald Isle, and they make a number of different styles of wine. The European Union has even listed Ireland...

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The Ides Of March

The Ides of March used to be known as the day Julius Caesar was murdered, stabbed 23 times by a group of really bad Romans. But move over JC; a more modern fictional cultural reference...

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With An Irish Feast

Many members of Team Bottlenotes have lived in Chicago or spent significant periods of time there. So, when we think of St. Patrick’s Day, we think of the Chicago River being dyed emerald...

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Slapping Basses; Punching Caps

If Les Claypool’s wines are half as popular as his bass lines, it won’t be long before we’re all bowing down to the pachydermata. Pachy what? Leave it to the eccentric...

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The Most Interesting Wine Bottle In The World

Can’t afford a flight to New Zealand? Not to worry. The people behind Brancott Estate want to bring Marlborough to you. The winery, a pioneering force that produced and released the...

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Challenge Yourself

Greetings, Bay Area wine enthusiasts! Are you ready to take your palate on an epic food and wine journey? Restaurant week meets our signature Around the World in 80 Sips™ event series in...

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Spring Forward, Spring Wine

Snowy or sunny climate, who doesn’t get downright giddy over that extra hour of daylight? This year, the clock moves forward on March 11—a perfect time to talk about some awesome...

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A Rosé For Spring

Please toast all the women in the wine industry! As we discussed in yesterday’s Sip , today is the 101st International Women’s Day and there’s no better way to celebrate than...

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Q & A With Leslie Sbrocco

For last year’s 100th annual International Women’s Day, we asked a panel of wine experts such as Gary Vaynerchuk and Natalie MacLean to name the five most influential women in...

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Year Of The Sparkling Dragon

When Bill and Hilary Clinton honored Chinese president Jiang Zemin at a White House State Dinner in 1997, they discussed world affairs over foaming flutes of Iron Horse Vineyards sparkling...

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How Do You Know When A Red Wine Is Really “Mature?”

In response to our recent Daily Sip on “ Deciphering Decanters ,” one savvy community member asked the related question, “When is a red wine considered mature?” The...

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Experience A Walla Walla Wine Tasting!

Seattleites, prepare to transition from a rainbow of gray into a sunnier state of mind. Our Walla Walla wine friends are bringing their best to Seattle on Monday, March 12th at Sodo Park...

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Wine Lover's Spa

You can drink your wine, or you can have it slathered all over your body at a luxury spa in Manhattan. In fact, the way Caudalíe at the Plaza Hotel is set up…you can do both....

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An Electronic Tour Guide In Your Phone

Need a guide in the Champagne region? Don’t worry. There’s an app for that. Called Champagne Day , it’s a guidebook, tour guide, and private concierge, all wrapped into one...

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The Best Of February

Abigail Domaine Carneros “Le Rêve” 2005 (Carneros, CA) $89 . I popped this delightful bottle of California bubbly with new and old friends to celebrate the first Saturday...

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Winemaking and Moviemaking

It was a night of glitter and glam and old Hollywood style for the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The Artist and Hugo were the big winners of the evening, each pulling in five...

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March Wine Events

March is upon us, so keep your fingers crossed for a mild finish to winter, and an early start to spring. We are delighted to be returning to Washington, DC, for our 2nd annual Around the...

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Save 30% On Food & Alcohol At Top Restaurants With Savored

Who doesn't love being wined and dined? When you join Savored by midnight this Thursday, March 8, you'll be entered to win an outstanding $500 Wine & Dine Package including a $250 to the...

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A Martini, Up, With Olives And Algae

Party like it’s 1999…but take an algae pill first. That’s what the company Naughtybits is saying will cure and even prevent your hangover. When you are,...

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Wine Pairings For Hollywood Stars’ Recipes

Sure, you could do what everybody else is doing and host a Hawaiian Luau to celebrate The Descendants or serve ballpark hot dogs and have a Moneyball theme for your Oscar party. Or, you...

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One Hundred Years Of Chardonnay

Steely and crisp as apples, or rich like butter, chardonnay is the most popular wine in the country. It is also the most widely planted grape in California. But a century ago, there were fewer...

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Michelle Caruso-Cabrera On Her Wine Picks

CNBC’s chief international correspondent, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera , has certainly had the opportunity to try some great wines worldwide. Last year, covering the European financial...

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Bring Summer To Your Winter Table With Cherry Wine

Did George Washington actually cut down a cherry tree? We’ll never know for certain. Still, in honor of Presidents’ Day, we thought we’d talk cherry wine. Cherry wine is...

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A Nestled Treasure of Northwest History: Walla Walla

Walla Walla is a place to connect….connections with the land and some of the finest wines in the world; it holds the charms of a small town, and the complexity of the avant-garde....

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From Rugby To Roussillon

Good looks. A wine legacy. And the Mediterranean lifestyle. For more than two decades, internationally acclaimed winemaker Gerard Bertrand has embodied the winemaking culture of his native...

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Italy or France? “The Drops of God” Decides

When it comes to literary fixes, wine lovers get theirs with “ The Drops of God ,” the Japanese manga series about a beer salesman who must use his gifted palate to win a valuable...

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Deciphering Aeration And Decanters

You’ve likely seen wine aerated in a restaurant and maybe you’ve done it yourself at home by splashing the wine into a decanter. But we got to thinking a refresher might be in...

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Pairing RomCom’s With Wine

Lest we not forget this Valentine’s Day, there are still some fabulous single girls out there. So watching other peoples’ love stories, in our pjs, with a glass of vino, is...

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Chocolate And Wine Pairing 101

Red wine and chocolate on Valentine’s Day are like birds of a feather, they just go together. So romance your special someone with a great bottle of red wine this Valentine’s Day,...

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Your Personal Guide to Wine Country

Planning a wine tasting trip? We know you are. As a loyal reader, you deserve to do it in style—Daily Sip VIP-style. We are super psyched to announce that as of today, you can now...

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Not Your Average Nut

Almonds are the hipster nut. They’re flavorful, versatile, and a favorite of many star chefs. Never mind how good they are for you. Almonds are high in fiber, vitamin E, and magnesium....

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A Cupcake Restaurant for the Wine Enthusiast

Nestled into the bustling streets of New York’s West Village, Sweet Revenge could be any hopping restaurant or bar in the hood. But it’s not. This place is as unique as its...

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Help! Tips for Toasting the Beatles

  • Publish Date: Feb 6, 2012
  • Tags: Beatles

For music lovers, there are few moments in our nation’s history more pivotal than the Beatles’ debut in America. It was February 1964 when John, Paul, Ringo, and George arrived in...

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The Perfect Date Night

Sparkling wine is a great pairing for all fondue. So why not have a fondue date night on Valentine’s Day night and enjoy it with your special someone? Sparkling wine’s bright...

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Around The World in 80 Sips DC

It's getting closer! Are you ready for the 2nd annual Around the World in 80 Sips ™ tasting in Washington, DC? Our awesome event is on Friday, March 30th at the DAR...

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Sip on This –Literally

We know about red wine’s myriad advantages. But can we vent for a moment about the challenges? Stained teeth are a serious drag. That slimy rim that develops around your inner lower lip...

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Exclusive Lagerfeld Label Design For Exclusive Wine

When you think Chanel, you think luxury, exclusivity, elegance, and impeccable fashion. And a bunch of gorgeous suits that we average girls can’t afford. You might not think wine, but you...

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New Year Sipping

Welcome to the first 2012 edition of Team Daily Sip's best wines of the month. Between New Year's Eve, our three Around Australia in 80 Sips events, and the Union de Grand Crus tasting in NYC,...

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When He’s Not Making Out With Girls, He’s Making Wine

  • Publish Date: Jan 29, 2012
  • Tags: Sonoma

A brute for punishment, winemaker Ben Flajnik shook off the stinging rejection he received on The Bachlorette last season, and searched for love once again on this season’s The...

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Around The World in 80 Sips™ SF

It's getting closer! Are you ready for the 4th annual Around the World in 80 Sips ™ tasting in San Francisco? Our awesome event is on Friday, February 10th at the Golden...

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Wine And Tennis: Perfectly Paired For The Australian Open

In case you didn't know or haven't had time to catch up with your DVR, the Australian Open has been going down for the last 10 days and it's been nothing but jam packed excitement! Maria...

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Spark's 1st Annual Sugar Rush

If you love wine, like desserts, or vice versa- and most importantly, want to help a truly awesome non-profit, please- buy your ticket today for Sugar Rush Chicago March 7th. Bottlenotes...

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Enrich Your Australian Wine Experience

Want to escape the winter blues? Well then look no further than Australia! While we’re all bracing the cold in the northern hemisphere, it’s summertime down under and A+ Australian...

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Red Carpet Champagne

Award-show season is in full swing and that means bubbly is abound. For 13 years, the Screen Actors Guild Awards have announced, “And the winner is…” with Champagne...

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February Wine Events

February is here and we couldn't be more excited about the delicious tastings coming up this month! Not only are we kicking off our Around the World in 80 Sips™ event series in San...

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Walla Walla Valley Wine Region

Walla Walla is a place to connect…connections with the land and some of the finest wines in the world; it holds the charms of a small town, and the complexity of the avant-garde. Walla...

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"Undercover Boss" Heads To Wine Country

Last April, the wine world was rocked by the loss of icon Jess Jackson . After 3 decades in the wine industry, Jackson left an indelible mark, but he's probably best known for his winery...

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The California Wine Rush

California’s history — or should we say its soil — is filled with riches. Today marks the 164th anniversary of James Wilson Marshall’s gold discovery at Sutter’s...

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Terroir on Catalina Island

Los Angeles daytrippers know Catalina Island , that 21-mile strip of land off the coast of southern California, as a respite from the smog and chaos of city life. Families spend the day...

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Experience A Walla Walla Wine Tasting!

Portlanders, prepare to transition from a rainbow of gray into a sunnier state of mind. Our Walla Walla wine friends are bringing their best to Portland on Monday, February 27th. More than 50...

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Great at Hockey, Great at Fine Wine

You might remember Candace Cameron Bure for the laughs she generated on “Full House" as eldest daughter DJ Tanner. And when you think of her husband Valeri Bure, you probably think...

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Bordeaux's Best Comes To NYC

In case you forgot or completely missed this incredible offer, there are still tickets available for the Union des Grands Crus tasting taking place this Tuesday January 24 in NYC at Espace....

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A Lot of Funny in One Place

There were a lot of funny people under one roof at the premiere party for the hit IFC show Portlandia . Besides the show’s cast, and a slew of Saturday Night Live cast members,...

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Meet Nero d’Avola

Ordering Italian wine can be a daunting task. There are so many grapes and so many regions. But you can prevail one grape at a time. One easy drinking Italian red wine: nero d’Avola....

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A Wine Bar Treasure

You’ll see signs all over Italy that read, “Enoteca.” Italian for wine store or wine library, the word enoteca is now more commonly used to mean wine bar. In fact, there is...

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The French Caribbean Is Calling

  • Publish Date: Jan 20, 2012
  • Tags: vacation

The weather is getting colder, your summer tan faded months ago and the beach seems like a distant memory. Don’t despair; Liquor.com and Batiste Rum are giving away a spirited six-night...

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Of Content and Character

Nearly one half century ago, Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and called for an end to racial inequality. On the eve of what would have been his 83rd...

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Flying By Wine

The cache of flying these days is all but gone. Security lines, extra baggage fees and a lack of legroom have sucked the fun right out of most trips. By the time you’re in the air,...

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A Glittering Evening

Whether you’re watching the Golden Globe Awards at home in your torn sweats or rocking a gown for a party, make your viewing experience authentic by matching your bubbles to the ones...

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Yao Ming Cabernet

People often say a wine has legs. One new Napa Valley certainly wine does, but in a very different way. The recently retired Chinese NBA superstar Yao Ming, who stands at 7 feet, 6 inches,...

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Waxing on Wine

Ever enjoyed the aroma of a wine so much you longed to have it fill your home? Now, you can. The good people of Rewined Candles in Charleston, South Carolina, have created a luxurious...

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A Very Historic, Noble, and Prestigious Italian Wine

In the utterly picturesque hilltop town of Montepulciano in Italy’s Tuscany region, a very special red wine is produced. It’s called Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and it has D.O.C.G....

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Around Australia in 80 Sips

Los Angeles, are you ready for a whirlwind journey like no other? Get ready to experience everything Australia has to offer at Around Australia in 80 Sips LA  this Thursday January 12,...

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Sipping While You Soak

Why ask why when you can sip and soak? You could scour the Internet looking for the origin of Bubble Bath Day, which hits bathrooms nationwide on January 8. Or you could equip yourself with...

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Slow — Not Jiffy — Pop

The health gods smiled upon us when they deemed popcorn a whole grain. Lighter than barley and easier to spell than quinoa, popcorn makes us happy. Could be its fluffy disposition or the way...

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If You'd Drink It, Cook With It

While we admit the concept of leftover wine is a foreign one, it’s possible you’ve a few bottles remaining from New Year’s Eve. In case you don’t feel like drinking for...

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Super Tuscans: Winemaking Outside The Lines

Ever wondered what makes a Super Tuscan super? Well, to understand that, you have to understand the strict laws in Italy governing winemaking. Wines produced in Italy are labeled...

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The Nose Knows

Have you ever gone to a wine tasting and when asked about the wine’s aroma, said, “It smells like, well, …grapes?” If so, maybe you need to teach your nose a thing or...

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January Wine Events

You're probably counting the loot you scored over the holidays and gearing up to ring in the New Year with lots of bubbly. We hope your last days of 2011 are filled with great friends and great...

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Take Another Sip

In the past 363 days, we've brought you a broad cross section of exciting wine information to sip, swallow, savor and share. It's been quite the year, and as we looked back at our wine-filled...

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A Year In A Bottle

Today we bid farewell to 2011 by looking back on all the delicious and curious wines we consumed during the past year. We sipped, savored and guzzled a wide variety of vinos so, of course, we...

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The Tech Visionary Behind The Vines

One man can truly make a difference. There isn’t an industry or facet of society that wasn’t touched by the genius and innovation of the late Steve Jobs. With the creation of the...

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Why Limit Yourself To Just One Midnight?

We already let you know about Around the World in 80 Sparkling Sips as an entertaining theme this holiday season….which we highly recommend for any holiday gathering. But why limit...

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Sugar, Spice, And All That’s Nice

Just in time for Christmas, The Daily Sip is offering TOP SECRET holiday tips. Tune-in Monday, December 26th for a guest appearance of Alyssa Rapp, founder and CEO of Bottlenotes, on Rachael...

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Champagne Cocktails

Many people take their bubbly straight. But for those who occasionally prefer to indulge their sweet tooth, or those hoping to entertain with a little pizzazz, here are five ways to dress up...

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Ways To Dress Up Your Wine Gifts

Holiday gift-wrapping takes time. It also kills trees. So here are some new (paperless!) ways to dress up your wine gifts this season. For the Fashionista: For those who might like to...

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Wine And Gingerbread

One of the best things about the holidays is washing down sweet treats with luscious wines. There are infinite pairing possibilities for the bevy of pies, cakes, candies, and chocolates at this...

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’Tis The Season For Gag Gifts

It’s time to step up your gag gift game. Everyone’s still talking about The Wine Rack  you gave your sister at last year’s White Elephant gift exchange. Don’t worry....

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Get The Wine Out

What do your favorite sweater, tablecloth, and carpet have in common? They are all potential victims of holiday party wine fouls. At some point in the blur of soirees, you or a guest might...

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Latke Wine Pairings

Oil and potatoes go together like bagels and cream cheese--especially this week when, for Hanukkah, we fry shredded spuds in tribute to the rededication of the Second Temple and to the oil that...

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The Ultimate Pairing

Are you ready for the most delicious 2-for-1 holiday gift offer? Now, when you order $100 or more at Artisanal Premium Cheese , you get a FREE $50 gift certificate ! That means for every gift...

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Give The Gift Of Words

As the year winds down, we recall with fondness our favorite bottles of wine. But we also remember the best wine books we read this year--the ones captivating enough to pass along to friends and...

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What Your Winos Want

The Host: The ideal gift for the entertainer? High-quality, free-flowing wine that stays fresh for a month and is environmentally friendly. The home version of the20 wine-on-tap cask system...

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Winter Break In The South Of France

Languedoc, South of France, is the largest single wine region on the world. Languedoc (pronounced “lahng- doc”) is France’s wine frontier, where adventurous winemakers are...

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Wine Stocking Stuffers For Everyone On Your List

If you think wine gifts are one 750-ml-size-fits-all, think again. Here’s a list of perfect stocking-sized presents for each of your nearest and dearest. The World Traveler:...

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No Shame In Going Stags Leap To Your Holiday Party

Hanukkah requires eight candles, and the days of Hanukkah 12 stanzas of melody. You’ll likely need at least that many wines for all the parties you’ll attend or perhaps give....

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Art, Wine And Parties

The fabulously fabulous dropped into Art Basel Miami Beach [this past weekend] to, well, party their…art off. Michael Douglas , Will Smith, Moby and Paris Hilton were reportedly...

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Around World in 80 Sparkling Sips

This holiday season, we’re recommending an Around the World in 80 Sparkling Sips tasting as a welcome addition to any holiday party or dinner. Contrary to popular belief, you can sip...

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Around Australia in 80 Sips

NYC, are you ready for a whirlwind journey like no other? Get ready to experience everything Australia has to offer at Around Australia in 80 Sips NYC on January 19, 2012 from 7-10pm. At...

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Around Australia in 80 Sips

Chicago, are you ready for a whirlwind journey like no other? Get ready to experience everything Australia has to offer at Around Australia in 80 Sips Chicago on January 26, 2012 from 7-10pm....

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Eat, Drink, And Make Decorations

The inch around your waist isn’t the only thing Thanksgiving left you with. You also have piles of corks and empty wine bottles. Good thing we at Daily Sip know something about DIY...

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A Sip Of South America

Some Chilean wines may come at bargain prices, but the top Chilean wineries are nothing if not, well, top-notch. Case in point, two of Colchagua Valley’s finest. CASA SILVA has a...

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Insider Tips For The Discerning Sipper

While we don’t normally encourage solitary sipping, certain situations do arise. For instance, you’re traveling alone, or it’s just been a really hard day. Should you find...

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Wine--The Lurton Family Biz

Talk about the family business. The Lurton family of France defines the concept of a wine dynasty, having passed the business down over many generations. Ancestors began planting vines...

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Lasseter Family Winery

Take a close look at a Lasseter Family Winery label and you’ll spot a tiny, delightfully whimsical bee sitting atop a grapevine, sniffing a rose. The bee is cute enough to buzz around...

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December Wine Events

December is only a few days away and with its arrival comes holiday treats, gifts and of course, sips. Below is a look at some of the merriment you can participate in during December. There...

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A Noteworthy November

The holidays have begun and everyone is gearing up for another month of merriment and celebration. Our team takes celebrating seriously, and our favorite wines this past month show our...

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Reward Yourself

We all try our best not to buy holiday presents for ourselves. But it is really hard to resist the urge. Particularly when the object of our desire is an amazing magnum of Bordeaux and it...

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Stars Drink Just Like Us (Sort of)

The rich and famous drink wine, just like us. Right? Well, okay maybe our wine budgets aren’t quite so deep. Many of the most discerning palettes and biggest checkbook holders drink the...

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Cool Wine Cooling

Yes, you like to drink your wine, but as an enthusiast, maybe you’d like to make it part of the décor of your home. That way, your guests can see it, enjoy it and admire it as...

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Fall Into Sangria

The apple pie is in the oven and the fireplace is crackling. You’re wearing your coziest sweater, and your empty hand is in need of an adult beverage to capture this autumnal moment. A...

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Ditch The Turkey For Oregon Wine Country

Your mom’s turkey is great, but Oregon pinot noir is better. If you need an excuse to bail on the holiday meal this year, our best bet is Willamette Valley’s Wine Country...

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Eat, Drink, And Give Charitably

From donations to auctions, wines and charities go hand-in-hand. But what if your deductible purchase packed more of a punch for society? Such was one night’s topic of conversation for...

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A Full Day Of Sipping

We all know the main Thanksgiving event is the massive feast shared by family and friends at dinner tables across the country. Let us not forget that there are a few other Turkey Day traditions...

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Wine In Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is only a week away! On the ultimate day for food, family, and friends, why not use wine in your Thanksgiving recipes? It’s a simple, easy way to add flavor nuances and it...

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Fresh, Fruity, Fun

Tis’ the season of celebration, and what better what to kick off non-stop merriment than by participating in the wine world’s most iconic day: Nouveau Day? This global celebration...

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Sips And Gifts

The holidays are here and all you can think of is red wine, an iPad, and a new pair of shoes. Think they don’t go together? Think again. During all holiday occasions, everyone is...

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George Taber’s A Toast to Bargain Wines

We didn’t need award-winning author George Taber to tell us what we’ve known for years: Ten bucks will get you a tasty bottle of wine. What we do learn from Taber’s new...

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Stars, Bubbly, And Oh Yeah, Movies

Film festivals are about films, right? Well, of course, but the 19th annual Hamptons International Film Festival was about the stars and the parties as well. This year, if attendees like...

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Wine And Your Canine

Furry might not be the first word you’d choose to describe the perfect pairing, but it might have just become ours. Want the backstory? Adam Major and Taylor Latham were getting...

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Superb Wines That Underscore the Importance of Family

Jimi Brooks was one of the leaders of the biodynamic movement in Oregon winemaking when he died unexpectedly in 2004. At that moment, Jimi’s sister, Jane, flew up to Oregon to determine...

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Malbec Madness

You know we enjoy a great wine party and we know you love wine as much as we do. So to thank you for being the awesome person you are, we would like to extend an exclusive invite to another...

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The Three W’s Of Your Wine Buying

We like you. And we know you like wine. But now we do want to know more: Where do you sip, where are your favorite places to buy wine, and more. Fill out our short survey on what kind of...

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Yiasou! (Cheers! In Greek)

Given the bewildering state of the Greek debt crisis, it’s likely many Greeks are reaching for an extra glass of vino as they struggle to sort it all out. There is no confusion, however,...

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Pinot Nero and Pinot Bianco

The sniffing stage of the "swirl-sniff-sip" process during wine tasting is possibly the most beguiling aspect, especially when it comes to the aromatic grapes of Alto Adige . Take for instance...

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Wine, Would You Say?

We want to personally thank Dave Matthews for devoting part of his rock fortune to organic farming. With Blenheim Vineyards , a family winery specializing in artisan merlot and chardonnay, the...

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The Drops of God

We recently had the experience of being completely enraptured by a new wine book that was unlike anything we had ever read. The book has already taken Asia and France by storm, and now the...

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Sipping For Norma Jean

This Friday, director Simon Curtis’ much anticipated “ My Week with Marilyn ” hits theaters. The film stars Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams as the 1950s sex symbol...

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Wine Gifts Without A Worry

Giving wine as a gift is always a bit of a crap shoot. How do you know if they really like what you pick? Luckily, with wine samplers from TastingRoom.com you will never have to worry again....

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2011 Napa Valley Film Festival

The way we see it, the Napa Valley Film Festival has just as much going for it as Sundance. You may not see as many celebrities (vintnerati sightings are equally tweetable) but you can drink...

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For A Healthier Halloween…

It prolongs the life spans of worms and fruit flies. Scientists have yet to prove that resveratrol, the polyphenol found in the skins of red wine grapes, has the same effect in humans. But we...

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All You Need, Nothing You Don’t

We understand that you want to be in the know, but you don’t have a tremendous amount of time to devote to keeping up with every new trend that takes the world by storm. That’s why...

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A Little Pumpkin In Your Glass

The last thing that probably crosses your mind when you think of wine is pumpkins, but it’s October and they are everywhere! We love cooking with pumpkin, so we were intrigued when we...

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Here’s To Everything

Bust out the bubbly because tomorrow, Friday October 28th, is global Champagne Day. We love any excuse to pop the infamous French fizz, and because we think everyone could use a little more...

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November Wine Events

November is the month we usually associate with digging out the hats, gloves and scarves--not to mention looser-fitting pants for Thanksgiving. But it’s also a good time to get your sip...

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October Merriment

Fall is in full swing and though we can’t say we are looking forward to the chilly months ahead, we happen to love this time of year. Everything seems just a little more vibrant and...

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Candy Corn and Cabernet

When it comes to holiday-themed wine pairings, Halloween definitely presents more of a trick than a treat. As a theme, guilt-free gastronomy clearly doesn’t make the grade, but that...

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The Best Of The Best

The world of wine can be daunting. There is so much out there, how do you know where to start and what to buy? Gilt Taste has all the answers and is ready to be your personal guide to the...

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Wines Marked by Independence

Have you ever seen this logo on French wines? Chances are it was there, but you didn’t notice it. Until recently, neither had we. It’s the logo of the Vignerons...

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Add Some Salt

No self-respecting foodie would be caught dead serving plain table salt these days. Garlic salt? Lemon salt? Those are old hat by now. Why not consider sprucing up your dinner table with...

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Talking Wine

What is it about wine? An inherently communal beverage, wine has continued to delight sippers throughout history. Wine can inspire great thoughts or snatch them away. Wine is art; it is...

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Burial Caves and Bare Feet

An amazing wine discovery has just been unearthed…literally. During a recent archaeological dig in Armenia, a wine press and fermentation vat were uncovered at a burial site. What makes...

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Wild Game Wine Pairings

Your hunter friend has invited you to a feast. And, you’re in charge of bringing the wine. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Lean and gamey, wild animals often taste different from...

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Make Your Mouth Happy

We don’t know about you, but our favorite Saturday nights involve great friends, great food and great wine. Going out to a delicious dinner is an excellent way to kick off an...

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Around The World in 80 Sips NYC

We're only a week away from the third annual Around the World in 80 Sips ™ tasting in NYC on Friday, November 4th. Have you purchased your tickets to our not to be missed wine...

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Gotham’s Grape Escapes

If you want to savor the vineyards – and the fruits of those vines – without worrying about designated drivers and appointments, try a wine tour company. Several offer excellent...

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Ex-Sektly What You Want

It’s a known fact: bubbles make everything better. Often synonymous with celebration, we bust out bubbly to toast major milestones. Yet who doesn’t occasionally need a glass just...

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Take A Well Deserved Break

You work hard and deserve a reprieve from the daily grind. We firmly believe unwinding must involve delicious wine, so we’ve cooked up the ultimate wine escape to help you relax and...

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Auxerrois Blanc

As the weather cools off, we’re turning to fuller bodied whites, and one grape in particular has us swooning. You’ve probably never heard of it and quite possibly can’t...

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Wine Flour

Pastry Chef Rachel Klemek, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, started the Blackmarket Bakery with a simple philosophy-- be adventurous with flavor. We dig her approach to food...

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Refuse the Expected

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Boring. Jack Frost nipping at your toes. Not if you have good hiking boots. Starting to get the picture? Modern holidays should be adventurous with bold...

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New York City’s Best Wine Bars

When it comes to wine experiences, Gotham’s got you covered. There’s a reason this city never sleeps – it’s got incredibly hip wine bars with lists so extensive your...

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A Book For The Ages

Modern wine adventure books are often filled with fluffy descriptions and name-dropping stories (usually by people who enjoyed themselves a little too much). That’s why it’s...

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Bottling in the Balkans

The Balkans may not be the first place that springs to mind as a fine wine destination. In fact, you may not have known wine was produced there at all. But vintners in Kosovo are on a mission...

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Astrolabe Comes Stateside

In the mid 1990's, as a hobby, a group of college friends started a winery in Marlborough, New Zealand. They didn't want to call it anything "bridge," "bay, " "rock, " "cliff," or "stone," as...

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Au Natural

We have become increasingly aware of what we eat. The proliferation of farmers’ markets and organic foods is certainly a testament to that. But what about wine? A recent...

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Wines That Give Back

There is no greater feeling than opening a delicious bottle to share with family and friends. Wine brings us together, which is why we have recently been drawn to wines that are driven by a...

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Yoga in the Vineyard

Drinking and exercise may not be a classic pairing, but  this video  could very well change that! One of the many benefits of yoga is the heightened senses that follow a yoga...

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Baby you can drive my car...in wine country

We know you don’t even let your best friend drive your precious Prius, let alone a stranger. But if you could both enjoy a day of wine tasting without arguing over who will be designated...

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Go Big in the Big Apple

Are you ready for a weekend of pure luxury, style and adventure? You could win the perfect weekend getaway courtesy of the fine folks at bloomspot . Click here to enter the contest, and...

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September Sipping

It's official: Summer is over. And as the weather started to change, Team Daily Sip began the slow but steady process of switching from our summer sippers to more fall friendly bottles. Amidst...

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Fun Fall Festivities

Autumn is upon us and with it, a myriad of wine-soaked activities. It won’t be long before lovely weather gives way to less-than-desirable temperatures, so we suggest getting out while...

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Wines Of The Times

When our desks are piled to the hilt with books claiming to uncover the mysteries of wine, sometimes all we really want is a good story – something we can’t put down. We found it...

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A toast to your brain

Wine enthusiasts rarely need a reason to uncork, but if you’re looking for one, here it is: Wine in moderation is good for your brain. Researchers at Loyola University’s Chicago...

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Footie and Fine Wine

On September 23, 2011, the American Eagles and Australian Wallabies will face off in Wellington, New Zealand, site of this year’s Rugby World Cup. This might not bode well for the...

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The Aperol Spritz

Many wine drinkers dumped the traditional spritzer long ago—or has never been introduced. But thanks to Aperol, the spritzer is on a serious rebound. When The Daily Sip team tried to...

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Move over Malbec

Who doesn’t associate Argentina with the bold, inky malbecs of Mendoza? But innovative winemakers in the Uco Valley, a cool sub-region about an hour south of the city, are making a strong...

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Ice, Ice Baby

Committing the occasional wine faux is liberating. Maybe you’ve sipped syrah from Styrofoam or served a corked chardonnay, just to see if your guests would notice. Naughty. Now, three...

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Become a Cava-sseur

There are endless reasons to drink Cava, Spain’s luscious sparkling wine. It’s a delightful bubbly made in the respected traditional method using indigenous grapes (xarello...

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Going To The Dogs

When you think of wine faults, you may think of that wet-dog smell—one of the classic signs that something’s gone wrong. However, some winemakers don’t shy away from dog with...

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Raise A Glass Miami

In case you didn’t hear, everyone who attended Bottlenotes’ Around the World in 80 Sips™ tasting in Miami in January had a great time. If you missed out (or can’t wait...

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Taste To Benefit HSDC

Join Bottlenotes CEO/Chicago native Alyssa Rapp at Taste: An exclusive evening benefitting Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on Tuesday, October 4 from 6-8:30pm at L20, one of Chicago’s...

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Quaffing Couture

Yesterday, iconic fashion house Missoni launched a 400-piece collection designed exclusively for Target. The collection aims to bring Italian lifestyle, la dolce vita, into our homes....

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Beers for Oenophiles

Oak-aged, cellar-worthy, in 750 milliliter bottles with corks—we have to give some beers credit for delivering wine-like experiences, and for being delicious in their own rights. For some...

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Time for Lagrein

Bring a bottle of Lagrein (lah-GRYNE) to this season’s tailgating parties and win over your die hard brew buddies. A red wine grape indigenous to the region of Alto Adige in northeast...

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Chill Out

There are times when you really need a glass of wine. If that bottle isn’t properly chilled, well, it can really harsh your impending buzz. Since we’re all about immediate wine...

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Around Napa Valley in 80 Sips in San Francisco

We've taken you around the world, and will be doing so again in San Francisco in February, but we thought it would be extremely fun and satisfying to explore Napa Valley in the comfort of our...

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The United States of Winos

It’s no secret that California, New York, Washington State, and Oregon make most of the wine produced in the U.S.* But ever wonder which states drink the most of it? The list of heavy...

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Vino à la Illinois

Cornfields, corrupt politicians and crazy sports fans have earned Illinois and the Chicago area an unduly bad rap. But, thanks to Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant , we can finally...

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Wine of the Week

Long lauded in its native Germany and throughout many Old World wine producing countries, riesling is one of the world’s most versatile grapes. It makes everything from bone dry snappy...

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Where Chocolate Meets Wine

You recently read in the Daily Sip about wine bottles dipped in chocolate . As we all know, wine and chocolate are kindred spirits. Both have been enjoyed for thousands of years. Both are...

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Savor the Central Coast

Sunset Magazine’s Savor the Central Coast is a one of a kind wine and food event in California's beautiful Central Coast from September 29 to October 2. This 4-day wine, food and travel...

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Wine County Travel

South Africa may have settled down a little since last summer's FIFA World Cup, but it's an excellent place to visit any time of year--particularly for food and wine. While the best wine...

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Let Them Eat Cake

We love wine and we love dessert, so when we heard that James Rosselle , cake maker extraordinaire, has been perfecting a recipe for Champagne cake, we couldn’t wait to talk with him....

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Best Wines We Tasted This Month

Summer is drawing to a close and though we hate to bid sunshine drenched days adieu, we know that this delightful time of year will always be accessible…in a bottle. Our team’s...

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The Every Occasion Region

A major wine producing region for more than 2000 years, the Rhône Valley has a long history of producing versatile wines that pair with a multitude of foods. At every meal, you should...

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September Sippping

Summer may be coming to an end, but with harvest around the corner the wine world is just beginning to gear up. As a result, September will see a plethora of wine events and festivals all...

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Hero Juice

According to The Devil's Dictionary , written by Ambrose Bierce in 1906, brandy is a "cordial composed of one part thunder-and-lightning, one part remorse, two parts bloody murder, one part...

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Wine Country Travel

Many people think that Sonoma is Napa Valley’s sleepy, smaller side-kick. Little do many people know that Sonoma is actually 10 times larger than Napa in terms of actual size and...

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In Vino Veritas

On August 25, 79 AD, the world lost one of its great oenophiles. Gaius Plinius Secundus (aka Pliny the Elder), born 23 AD, was a friend of the emperor, military commander, and author of...

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Wine Travel: 18th Century Edition

On this day in 1780, James Cook and his HMS Resolution landed on the east coast of Australia. He and his crew were the first Europeans to see and explore the country’s eastern coastline,...

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Cougar Juice

Last week, some of the wine industry's best and brightest (not to mention good-looking) movers and shakers got together at the NextGen Winemakers Competition in Santa Rosa, California. The event...

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Pack Your Bags

You deserve a break and most importantly, you deserve to sip fantastic wine during your time off. To ensure your vacation is effortless and delicious, we are letting our new favorite wine trip...

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The Many Faces of Wine

Published just over two years ago, The Psychology of Wine: Truth and Beauty in a Glass remains an enduring favorite amongst Team Daily Sip. Written by the father-son duo of Evan Mitchell...

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Wine Country Travel

It's always nice to visit a wine region that's within easy driving distance of a major city. Unfortunately, Walla Walla, Washington, doesn't fit the bill--it's pretty much in the middle of...

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If Lady Gaga Were A Wine…

The Wine Enthusiast magazine recently held a 10-week-long contest asking its readers to pair wine with a song. Those who received top honors described pairings in great detail, down to why...

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Red, White, Or Orange

Sometimes, people talk about seeing the world in black and white. All too often, wine lovers tend to think of the world in terms of red and white. Occasionally, we let a little pink peek...

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Saturday Night Live Wine Labels

Sometimes what you're sipping is less important than why you're sipping it. That's the philosophy behind WINEnot stickers, a series of labels with tongue-and check designs and sayings that...

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Spotlight on the 25th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration

A few weeks ago, Josh Wesson, founder of the wine retail chain Best Cellars, closed the 25th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon with a toast thanking over 800 attendees for...

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Napa Need-To-Know

In the season of almost U.S. debt-defaults, "stay-cations" versus overseas junkets will likely prevail. So when planning one more North American adventure this summer or fall, why not venture...

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Conquer the Wine Shop

If you tend to get dazed and confused at wine shops, you're not alone. At most stores, a good share of the labels will be completely unfamiliar, and values are hard to spot. Here's how to make...

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Floctails

What would you do if you wanted to serve cocktails at your restaurant but only had a wine and beer license? Create drinks with Floc de Gascogne , or "Floctails." An aperitif native to...

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Picnic Picks

Labor Day is approaching and as the crisp fall air settles in, it’s the perfect time for one of our favorite fair-weather activities: a wine picnic. If images of ants marching over the...

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Presidential Pairings

On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon announced his resignation. While it wasn’t the high point in his career, at least Nixon had something to look forward to-- he could once again...

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Wine Country Travel

Burgundy is renowned for its sensuous and storied wines, the most famous of which are made from either pinot noir or chardonnay. Visit Burgundy, and you'll learn that these are wines to...

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Dairy Queen Meets Wine

For three generations Cheryl Sher’s family has been in the chocolate business. Their recipe is Belgian in origin, smooth, creamy and flavorful. When Sher decided to begin pairing wine...

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Checking Out Txakoli

If you think Txakoli (pronounced chock-o-LEE) is another Mayan-inspired chocolate, that’s okay. Until the 1980’s, it hadn’t really been exported from the Basque region in...

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Red Wine, White Teeth

Here at Bottlenotes, we know the virtues of wine. However, red wine has one irrefutably negative consequence: call it wine teeth--the distinct purple tint your teeth and lips develop after an...

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Cooking With Wine

You've heard it said that baking is a science while cooking is an art. Nathan Myhrvold, author of Modernist Cuisine might argue differently. In his epic book discussed in this Wall Street...

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Wine Country Travel

The Rugby World Cup gets underway in New Zealand in a couple months. Thousands of visitors from far-flung places will descend on the country for several weeks. Between matches, who...

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Time To Taste

August is just around the corner and it's a very exciting month. This coming month offers some of the best wine tastings, festivals, and parties across the country during the summer. No...

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You Heard It Here First

If—like half the Bottlenotes Team—you weren’t even sure Moldova was a country, you’re forgiven for not having Moldovan wines on the top of your shopping list. Even if...

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Wine Is The New China

When you think of the best dates you’ve shared with your future spouse, what comes to mind first: the china on the table or the bottles of wine you enjoyed? We at The Daily Sip would...

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Tasty July Wines

We don’t know about you, but our July went by in the blink of an eye and we think vino had something to do with that. All the delicious wine consumed by our team during the month made the...

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Red, White And Ooooooh

Like most other kinds of farmers, winemakers are superstitious--and they nearly always hedge their bets. That's why almost no wine region in the world grows one, single type of grape...

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Wine Country Travel

Napa and Sonoma may get most of the attention from tourists--and being a short drive from San Francisco certainly helps. But if you're able to travel a bit farther and are in the mood for a...

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Pyeongchang and Pyongyang 2018?

Last week, the IOC awarded the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to Pyeongchang, South Korea. On Monday, South Korean strong presidential contender Sohn Hak-kyu said he would seriously consider...

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Walk the Line

This week, from July 15-24, Napa Valley hosts Festival del Sole, an annual summer celebration of wine, food, art, and music that’s been called “a feast for the senses.”...

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A Race Against Wine

Not surprisingly, a doping debate is dogging the 2011 Tour de France. Cyclists used performance-enhancing drugs before the Tour de France started, and have made a habit of it ever since. While...

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The Dark Horse of South America

One hundred and eighty-one years ago today, Uruguay ratified its constitution and established itself as an independent country. We think that calls for a toast! Nestled between Argentina and...

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All About Austria

We forgive you if the only thing you know about Austria is that it's the home of Mozart and Red Bull. But if you have any interest in wine, it's worth expanding your knowledge of Austria--and...

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Joyeux Quatorze Juillet

Bastille Day invokes raucous riots and fabulous feasts—bursts of passion that can only be appropriately paired with (or fueled by) French wine. With an eye to the revolutionary spirit of...

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Bastille, Burgers, and Beaujolais

Tomorrow is Bastille Day, which is kind of like the 4th of July for France. Not really, but there are fireworks, so you may as well use the day as an excuse to relive your Independence Day...

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Righteous Riesling

The new book Summer in a Glass opens with the story of German winemaker Johannes Reinhardt, who brought his skills and experience to the Anthony Road winery in New York's Finger Lakes....

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Perfect Potter Pours

If you're one of the millions of people that helped Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows make over $125 million during its opening weekend, you'll likely be seeing the final installment in the...

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Pinot Grigio Revisited

We at The Daily Sip love when our preconceived notions about anything – particularly wine – get thrown out the window. Such is absolutely the case with Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige...

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Visiting Valpolicella

Everyone who visits Italy wants to get a taste of great wine. And it's safe to assume that most tourists think about visiting Piedmont for some Barolo or Barbaresco, or Tuscany to swill some...

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What's A Field Blend?

Blending is a tried-and-true practice in the wine industry. But it's also an insurance policy for a winery if a single plot of grapes grows poorly throughout the season or yields are too low....

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Rosé Roundup

Summer is strawberry season, and rosé is the strawberry of wines. With its inviting pink hue and refreshing aromas of peach, nectarine, and apricot, rosé wines scream...

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Spice-Rubbed Chicken And Sauvignon Blanc

July 4th weekend may have come and gone, but there's no reason you can't spend yet another evening enjoying good food and wine outside. On your way home from work tonight, grab the ingredients...

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Go Long

The media loves to portray The Hamptons as the summer playground of the rich, famous, naughty and downright absurd.  While there is some truth to that, the majority of people who enjoy the...

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Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Angel Food Cake…Oh My!

July 4th is only 3 days away and while we appreciate traditional BBQ fare, we didn’t want to ignore all the dishes that round out the picnic table and fill our plates. In addition to our...

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Tasty June Wines

The first day of summer was officially last Tuesday and Team Daily Sip has been soaking up rays and sipping all kinds of different wine in celebration of our favorite season. We have also been...

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Sip And Support Share Our Strength

It's almost here! In less than 2 weeks, over 125 of Sonoma County’s finest vintners and winegrowers are heading to San Francisco to throw some of the best wine events of the summer. Don't...

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Great Summer Sippping

Summertime is all about being outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and celebrating the fact that you can still have a glass of wine outside after work. We happen to thoroughly enjoy sipping...

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God Bless American Food and Wine

The Fourth of July is all about celebrating our nation’s independence with colorful fireworks and traditional BBQ fare on a balmy summer night. So, The Daily Sip is providing four foolproof...

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Feeling Cheesy

You love cheese, we love cheese and we all know that wine loves cheese. Like peanut butter and jelly and German cars and the Autobahn, wine and cheese are made for each other. Now, your...

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Worldwide And On The WWW: #SauvBlanc Day

Today is #SauvBlanc Day, a holiday designated by Napa Valley's St. Supery to appreciate Sauvignon Blanc and share your experience on Twitter. Of course, this green grape isn't just a Napa...

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Napoleonic Pride In A Glass

Today is a particularly notorious date in French history. 199 years ago today, Napoleon invaded--rather, attempted to invade--Russia. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, and we know that Napoleon...

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Ocean Blue, Red Wine

Imagine you're in a hit rock band in the late 1980s and early '90s, then you spin that into a successful career at a big record label. Then along comes Nirvana, followed by Napster and then...

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Red Wine Vinegar At Home

If you're a long-time Daily Sip reader, you may have noticed our penchant for vampires (see: The Blood of the Vine .) With the much-anticipated return of True Blood this Sunday on HBO, we...

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Take This Bottle For A Spin

Wineries are known for contributing small portions of sales to good causes, particularly programs involving the environment. And then there are the wineries that go above and beyond the call of...

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Red, White And Pink

For months now, we have been craving the sweet smells and tastes of summer. Now that summer is finally here and we can plan dinners in the back yard with friends, beach picnics and July 4th...

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One Wine Glass

Sometimes, all it takes to catch your eye are some seriously good contours. But ultimately, for the long term it helps if there's some substance there, too. Such is the case with stemware....

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What Dad Wants

Last week (and last weekend on Fox & Friends ), The Daily Sip shared its first round of Father’s Day Gift Giving Tips. Because there can never be enough Fathers’ Day gift ideas...

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Savor Your Summer

It’s officially summer time and we are all about soaking up rays, relishing warm evenings and kicking back. We’re also all about summer vacations. There are any number of places you...

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Es Malo Muy Malo?

If there's one thing that wine drinkers the world over can agree on, it's that they've all had as much Chardonnay they've loved as they've loathed. There could be any number of reasons, such as...

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Red Wine, Green Smells

If you've ever picked up a bottle of red from, say, Chinon in France's Loire Valley , poured yourself a glass, swirled, sniffed...and then wrinkled your nose in utter befuddlement, you're not...

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Napa At Home

TastingRoom.com has teamed up with the Napa Valley Vintners to bring you A Taste Adventure...Napa Valley Reds , a handpicked, taste-sized collection of superb wines from six top Napa...

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Perfect Pairings

There’s always a lot of hype and angst about finding perfect food and wine pairings, but what really constitutes a "perfect pairing"? Conventional wisdom suggests contrasting flavors that...

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Father’s Day Gifts

Whether shopping for your father, husband, brother, best friend, future father of your children or for yourself, it's hard to buy something other than a gadget. After all, gadgets are just what...

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Be The Grape

Have you ever imagined you were a grape in a vineyard, waiting to be made into wine? We hadn't either until last week, when we visited Austria. There we found the Loisium , a gorgeous,...

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Cuvee di McCarren Park

Tonight's a big one in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. No, a hipster isn't taking a shower. Brooklyn Winery , which we introduced you to last summer , is releasing its first wines tonight at the...

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Diamond In The Cupboard?

A member of Team Daily Sip has a bottle of 1975 Mouton Cadet in his parents' basement. The bottle cost about $4 back in the '70s--and that's about what it's worth today. But what if you were to...

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Egg-Heads In The Winery

It usually seems that the more expensive a weird tool or product is, the more likely it is that a winemaker will buy it. Fittingly, concrete egg-shaped fermentation tanks are becoming all the...

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Love Riesling? Win $1,000

Pacific Rim Winery is the preeminent Riesling producer in the United States. In fact, they're Riesling zealots--producing ten different Rieslings in ten different styles. Now they're putting...

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A World Of Taste

The Wines of Chile Grand Tasting is an event that is highly anticipated each year by wine enthusiasts--and this year is no exception. With more than 60 premium Chilean wineries showcasing...

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Frost Totally Bites

In late April, California's Paso Robles region was blanketed by a spring frost in which, for two nights, temperatures dipped eight degrees below freezing. A few weeks later, several of...

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Chilling Chilean Results


If you were born in the 1970s and were an active consumer by the mid-1980s, there's no question that you remember the Pepsi Challenge. All over the country, Pepsi staged blind taste tests...

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Sip Wine Under The Tuscan Sun

Are you in need of a little R&R under the Tuscan sun? So are we. But we have to stay here and work. If you’re craving a vacation abroad, however, Centine wines and The Daily Sip are...

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Winning May Wines

May came and went in the blink of an eye--and it was only at the very tail end of the month that we began to experience real summer weather. Team Daily Sip compensated for the warm-weather lag by...

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June Wine Events

Summer is officially on, which means it's time to step outside and find yourself a wine event. Enjoying wine with friends--and like-minded strangers--in a beautiful outdoor setting is a...

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Raise Your Paddle

In 1981 Robert Mondavi brought an idea to his fellow vintners to use the reputation of Napa Valley's wines to raise money for healthcare. There were about 75 wineries in the region back then,...

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Take It For A Ride

In case you weren't in the know, May is National Bike Month . While riding a bike is good for your health, helps reduce stress, saves money on gas and reduces your carbon footprint, it's also...

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Don't Sweat The Sangria

Memorial Day Weekend is all about sitting outside with a cocktail while you wait for the grill to heat up, the guests to arrive and the chomping on burgers to begin. Sure, you'll want to offer a...

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We're Notorious

Whether you read The Daily Sip religiously, occasionally scan a stodgy old wine critic's columns or buy into the idea that wine bloggers are leading the way, the same question always persists:...

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Wine Travels

A member of Team Daily Sip often tells a tragic story in which he packed a bottle of vintage Port in his checked luggage, and arrived at his destination with a bag full of stained apparel and...

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Rice Is Nice

By popular demand The Daily Sip™ brings you yet another tasty food-and-wine pairing you can serve up at home. For this series, the recipes were created and wines chosen by chefs...

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Sweet Spring

All this week The Daily Sip™ is bringing you tasty food-and-wine pairings you can serve up at home. The recipes were created and wines chosen by chefs participating in the 80 Sips...

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It's The White Call

All this week The Daily Sip™ is bringing you tasty food-and-wine pairings you can serve up at home. The recipes were created and wines chosen by chefs participating in the 80 Sips...

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Duck The Trend

All this week The Daily Sip™ is bringing you tasty food-and-wine pairings you can serve up at home. The recipes were created and wines chosen by chefs participating in the 80 Sips...

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Gone Fishin'

All this week The Daily Sip™ is bringing you tasty food-and-wine pairings you can serve up at home. The recipes were created and wines chosen by chefs participating in the 80 Sips...

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Come Klee

All this week The Daily Sip™ is bringing you tasty food-and-wine pairings you can serve up at home. The recipes were created and wines chosen by chefs participating in the 80 Sips...

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NYC: Eat, Drink, Repeat

Are you ready to challenge your taste buds? Next week marks the beginning of the 80 Sips Challenge at more than a dozen outstanding New York restaurants--a chance for you to enjoy an...

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Get Naughty

Today is International Nurses Day, which falls on the anniversary of the birthday of Florence Nightingale. She died in 1910, approximately three decades before the term "nursing a drink" was...

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80 Sips Challenge Closing Party

How do you celebrate an epic two weeks of wining and dining at some of New York's best restaurants? With a party, of course. Please note, however, that the date of our 80 Sips Challenge party...

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Drink The Pink

It's easy to brush off Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio (same grape) as a reliable, innocuous white wine ideally suited to warm summer nights. But the grape can offer a surprise now and...

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Hard Out Here For A Fromagier

Have you ever enjoyed a great meal and thought of quitting your job to become a chef? Or tasted a great Cabernet and started Googling how to become a winemaker? Former advertising executive...

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Challenge Yourself

Prepare yourself for an epic two weeks of wine tasting and pre-fixe dining at some of New York's best restaurants. From May 16 to 27, Bottlenotes is hosting its inaugural "restaurant week for...

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Jess Jackson, Remembered

Two weeks ago the wine world lost Jess Jackson, 81. In his three decades in the wine business Jackson owned 30 brands in different regions around the world. But he's probably best known for...

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Rioja Rules

Do you know the difference between the wines of Rioja and La Rioja? A judge in Buenos Aires thinks that you probably do--or that you're smart enough to figure it out. The judge just threw out a...

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Wine Of The Week

Warmer weather has arrived and, with it, all the outdoor activities we yearned for during the past eight months. Our favorite practice we're happy to readopt: Outdoor eating. And just as we...

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Think Pink

The weather's warming up, which means it's time to keep a bottle of rosé chilled and ready in the fridge at all times. Do keep in mind, though, that not all rosés are made equally....

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Smart Wine Clubs

Who doesn't want a few new bottles of wine arriving on the doorstep every so often? While not all wine clubs were created equally, a few new ones offer plenty of passion for--and education...

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Drive Like Greg Norman

Mother's Day is this weekend and Father's Day is just around the corner. While you're scouring the web for thoughtful gifts for your folks, why not make a few more clicks and do something nice...

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May Wine Events

It's about time. We can finally emerge from hibernation, don the flip flops and head to a weekend outdoor wine event. And this month there are boatloads of them taking place all across the...

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Expert Discourse

Earlier this week, San Francisco Chronicle wine editor Jon Bonné announced in his column that the Chronicle will now list the alcohol percentage of every wine that the paper...

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April Wines

Yet again, April proves itself to be the most manic month on the calendar. The weather can't seem to make up its mind; basketball, hockey and baseball all vie for our attention; and, perhaps...

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Spring Whites

We're finally getting our first taste of weather warm enough to inspire kicking back with a glass of wine outside, after work. There are plenty of refreshing, affordable whites for such an...

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Sensible Sipping

Drinking wine is a great idea. Drinking too much wine is a terrible idea. You've probably learned this lesson on a few different occasions. But all those Saturday mornings you've reached for...

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Take A Quick Trip Around Austria

Are you ready for a night under the stars tasting some of the stars on the Austrian wine scene? We know we are. Join us in celebrating spring in style by getting your sip on at Austria...

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Take A Quick Trip Around Austria

Got a case of the Mondays? We have a remedy. Shake up your Monday routine on May 2nd by getting your sip on at Austria Uncorked in Los Angeles! Enjoy top Austrian wines paired with cuisine...

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Earth Day Live Tasting

Thanks to all who joined us for the live Earth Day tasting last night with Jean-Charles Boisset and Bottlenotes CEO/founder Alyssa Rapp. We enjoyed a wonderful selection of several...

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King Of Cocktails?

On this day 501 years ago, Henry VIII took the throne of England. Thankfully, the modern royals are a little more even-tempered--and the big wedding that's now only eight days away promises to be...

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A Stylish Red

Sitting right in the center of Italy is the town of Montefalco, in Umbria. There's plenty of wine history here, but because this region doesn't carry the cachet of a Tuscany or a Piedmont or...

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Northern Composure

Sometimes it's the little decisions that send our lives spinning in an unanticipated direction. For Natalie MacLean, it was attending an after-work wine-tasting class with her husband (after...

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Not Purely For Passover

One of the greatest success stories in the wine industry's past 20 years is that of Bordeaux's Chateau Valandraud, owned by Jean-Luc Thunevin. A relative newcomer to the business (he's a...

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Wine Weekend Giveaway

Are you ready for a break? You could win the perfect weekend retreat courtesy of the fine folks at bloomspot . Click here for a chance to win a romantic escape to beautiful Napa Valley....

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Raise A Glass, D.C.

In case you didn’t hear, everyone who attended Bottlenotes’ Around the World in 80 Sips™ tasting at the Newseum last month had a great time. If you missed out (or can’t...

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Wine Of The Week

It's Tax Day, which probably means that until the refund check arrives, your wine budget will be tight. Yet as the weather gets warmer, you'll want to have a decent white wine chilled and ready...

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Blind Faith

Imagine hitting your stride in your life and career--and then a doctor drops the unfortunate diagnosis that you'll lose your eyesight. For most, it'd be devastating. For Alex Elman, a.k.a. "the...

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The Politics Of Wine

Last week, all the talk was about a government shutdown. This week in Florida, much of the talk has been about alcohol at the annual Convention and Exhibition of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers...

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Champagne's Fourth Grape

You probably know that for a sparkling wine to be called Champagne, it has to be made in the French region of the same name. You might also know that Champagne is made with any one--or...

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Wine And Revolution

A few things we generally accept as truth: Muslims don't consume alcohol; Muslims and Jews can't live peacefully in one place; and South Africa is the only country on that continent that makes...

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Drink Red, Go Green

Next Friday is Earth Day. While you could honor this annual dedication to green living by shopping for a fleece made of recycled soda bottles, we have a much better suggestion: Taste some wine...

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Bright Spanish White For Less

There's just something about Spanish wines these days. Red, white and sparkling, every region and every vintage, you're bound to get something good for less than $20. Whether the wine is from...

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Wine Texture

Ever wonder why a wine feels the way it does in your mouth? Not the way it tastes. We're talking texture--whether the wine is smooth, rough or creamy. Turns out, there's a reason why a wine feels...

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Wine Of The Week

Nobody wants to go green if it means sacrificing quality or convenience. Fortunately, however, each day seems to bring more and more new, great-tasting wines in green packaging. Our most recent...

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Wine Under Fire

Last year we brought you this interview with Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) about HR 5034, a bill in Congress that threatened your ability to buy wine online and have it shipped to your home....

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Rack 'Em Up

Excessive displays of wealth usually hint more at a lack of taste rather than a surplus of money. Stylish wine racks, however, are the exception to the rule--even if you happen to load one up...

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Around the World in 80 Sips™ Chicago

Join us for the third annual Around the World in 80 Sips™ tasting in Chicago on Friday, May 20 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Enjoy more than 80 delicious wines from Austria, South...

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First Jay-Z, Now Gaga

During Lady Gaga’s appearance at Google ’s New York office last week, the superstar mentioned that one of her greatest joys is drinking with friends while playing piano and singing....

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All Your Grapes In One Basket

A couple weeks ago, we let you know about a Greek grape called Assyrtiko . It produces a light, crisp wine that isn't terribly complex in aroma or flavor, but is ever so easy to sip on a nice...

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Wines Of March

Spring has sprung and the chill of winter is quickly coming to an end. Team Daily Sip couldn't be more thrilled that winter is waning and warmer weather is on the horizon. In anctipation of...

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Better Wines, Better Deals

  • Publish Date: Mar 31, 2011
  • Tags: invino

What if we told you that you could get the best wines from around the world at up to 80% off retail delivered to your door? That's what you get at the first private wine site,  invino...

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April Wine Events

Just a couple weeks ago, we held our first Around the World in 80 Sips ™ tasting in Washington, D.C.--and it was a barn burner. About 500 people showed up to taste some great wines on a...

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Oh! Chateau

We love France. We love everything about it, actually--even the berets and the mimes. OK, maybe not the mimes, but the only thing that truly gets us in a twist about France is the stratospheric...

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Spring Sipping in San Francisco

Spring has sprung, the rain has cleared and San Francisco is ready to drink some awesome vino. We want to give you the opportunity to sip, savor and expand your wine knowledge by offering you...

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Skip The Syrup

Did you know that today is International Waffle Day? As such, we'd like to expose you to a rare treat to indulge in every so often: Wine on your waffles and pancakes. No joke. Without fail,...

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Whose Whites Win?

Since you're probably absorbed in March Madness, you're likely unaware that an equally exciting sporting event is occurring in India: The 2011 Cricket World Cup. The teams from Australia, New...

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Wine Of The Week

Two weeks ago, we let you know about a group of California Pinot Noir-fanatical winemakers who work together to produce the best wines they can from multiple different vineyards. While these...

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Tickling The Tongue

One morning entrepreneur Darrol Roberts made himself an espresso, as usual--but this time his ritual drink tasted the best it ever had. He wondered why--until he found a small chip on the rim of...

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Fragrance Day

Today is Fragrance Day--which was likely created to sell more perfume, flowers or incense. Instead, we felt it appropriate to spotlight some seriously fragrant wine varieties--Riesling and...

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Coast To Coast

More than 40 of Sonoma County's finest wineries are headed to the nation's capital for a day of tastings and seminars. Join us on Tuesday, April 5, at Hotel Palomar, right in the heart of D.C....

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Get A Taste Of Portugal

Wines of Portugal invites you to its  Annual Wine Tasting in San Francisco on Wednesday April 6, 2011. You don't want to miss this unique tasting of more than 150 wines, in which you'll...

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Death In The Afternoon

Although unlikely, you might be one of the few people who didn't quite get your fill of green yesterday on St. Patrick's Day. Or maybe you were so busy that the notion of all-day debauchery...

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Shawn Carter Cuvée

Remember back in 2006, when Jay-Z all of a sudden stopped singing about and sipping Cristal Champagne , and switched to the Ace of Spaces-branded Armand de Brignac ...that no one had ever heard...

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Wine Of The Week

The NCAA tournament is underway and, if you're anything like us, you're considering giving up on any and all normal regimens related to work, sleep, diet, etc. as not to miss one single second of...

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More Than WLTV

Chances are you've seen the work of our pal Gary Vaynerchuk, host of Wine Library TV. While you may know him as the guy who's tasted wines in a snowstorm or paired Chardonnay with Cap'N Crunch...

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Protection For Your Juice

All too often the mood strikes us to open a good bottle of wine. And somewhere between the second glass and the end of Top Chef , we realize it's time for bed and half the bottle remains...

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Fine-Dining Wine At Home

The most important decision a sommelier makes is deciding which wines to pour by the glass. These are the wines most closely identified with diner satisfaction--an ode to the restaurant's...

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Kallisto... Flockhart?

Pick up one of the oldest books or plays ever written, particularly from ancient Greek literature, and you'll find plenty of wine drinking going on between all those heroic voyages home, bloody...

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The Pinot Elites

Ever notice that a whole bunch of different producers make wines made of grapes sourced from the same vineyards? For example, Pali Wine Co. and Loring Wine Co. both make single-vineyard...

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Les Grandes Dames

Today is the 100th International Women's Day--the perfect opportunity, we felt, to highlight the achievements of some of the wine world's most important women. From winery owners to winemakers...

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Baja Barbera

It's the time of year when throngs of Americans flow south of the border to spend a week dispensing with everyday responsibilities and normal attire. But if you visit Tijuana for your spring...

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80 Sips D.C.

Capitol Hill remains deadlocked over the federal budget, with no signs of either side backing down. Sounds like everyone in D.C. could use a nice glass of wine or two. Thankfully, we'll be at...

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She Gets 100 Points

Imagine if the legendary wine critic Robert Parker Jr. were a hot blonde, say, 22 years old. Would the wine reviews catch your eye a little more? In a manner of sorts, now you can find out. We...

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Be A Tastemaker

What's your favorite food-and-wine pairing? Where do you most enjoy drinking your favorite bottle of wine? Answer a few questions like these, and you could find yourself on a four-day tour of...

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Wine Of The Week

Every wine region has one: That winemaker who goes the extra mile to defy convention and produce wines that are different from everything else in the immediate surroundings. Maybe it's the person...

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March Wine Events

Spring may not have sprung entirely just yet, but the season for wine festivals is already in full bloom. We may be biased, but the real don't-miss event below is Around the World in 80...

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Spring Sipping

Spring may not be here just yet, but at least the snow's all melted. That alone, we say, is cause for celebration--one with a fun crowd and fabulous wine and food! Bottlenotes and Opici Wines...

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Everyone Gets The Gold

This Sunday, almost no one at the Oscars will be chauffeured home empty handed. Some of the top nominees will find a bottle of Ayala Champagne in their gift bags. When asked for our help, we...

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You've Been Iced

Coming up this weekend is International Polar Bear Day, created to raise awareness of the melting ice that the endangered white giants call home. Other than keeping our carbon footprint low, we...

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Indie Picks

This Sunday, all the attention will be on Hollywood's stars as they saunter the red carpet and get accosted by Joan Rivers. While the spotlight doesn't usually shine as bright on the independent...

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Red Carpet Wines

It's the time of year when Hollywood rolls out the red carpet for a glittery evening celebrating the best in cinema. As the Oscar committee prepares to reveal the star in each category, The...

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Supreme Port

If you're upset that the new Congress hasn't done much since being sworn in, look at the bright side: Last year they never voted on HR 5034 , the bill that would have likely ended the business...

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World Class Wine In NJ

The third annual New Jersey Food & Wine Festival at Crystal Springs Resort, taking place March 11-13, is a celebration of the world's best wines and top local chefs from New Jersey and...

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Wine With Takeout

It's a Friday night and, since it's highly likely that you broke the bank on Monday for Valentine's Day, odds are you're staying in tonight and eating cheap. The only question, of course, is what...

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Italian Improvement

In just a few short weeks the Fiat, the car once synonymous with low quality, will arrive in the U.S. as an overhauled, stylish driving machine. Perhaps the Italian automaker was simply following...

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Wine Education

You know the drill: Take a brief survey about wine, and you get entered for a chance to win some cash. This time, we want you to share with us your wants, needs, hopes and desires about...

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Wine Of The Week

In case you didn't know, today is North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Il's birthday. It's widely believed that over the years--while he hasn't been busy oppressing, abusing and agitating--he's amassed...

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Flash Hoardin'

We're often asked which web site has the best wine deals. Recently, industry insider Wines & Vines compiled this interesting analysis on the major flash-sale sites--such as Cinderella ,...

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Wine & Chocolate, Obviously

Just about every man in America, upon opening this message right this instant, is having the exact same thought: "Oh $*!& ! It's Valentine's Day? I didn't do... anything ! Now what?"...

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It's A Date

Valentine's Day may not arrive for another few days, but it's a Friday, so plenty of people are headed out on a first date tonight. While you might be perfectly confident when it comes to getting...

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Wine Of The Week

After 17 days of protests, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's rule remains unsteady . Also, in the past few weeks, Lebanon's government has collapsed in ruin; then Tunisia's was toppled by a...

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A (Wobbly) Day In The Life

Many people consume alcohol, but very few do it professionally. Dan Dunn is one of those expert imbibers--and after reading his new book, Living Loaded you probably won’t want to follow...

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Pairing 101: Wine & Chocolate

With Valentine's Day coming up, the rush is on to grab some flowers, Champagne, strawberries and chocolate. If your better half is truly serious about wine and chocolate, however, pairing the two...

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Dispense With Tradition

Ordering wine by the glass has its hazards. You could be getting the last bits of a bottle opened a few days ago or you might get a tiny pour from a rushed bartender. The solution is the...

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Pick A Winner

There's only one thing you truly need to accomplish tomorrow: Buy some decent wine for your Super Bowl gathering on Sunday. What wine goes with just about every traditional item served at...

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Hare We Are

Happy Chinese New Year! While there's no tradition we're aware of that involves eating the animal celebrated in the Chinese Zodiac calendar (tiger wouldn't have been on our menu last year, nor...

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More Winter? More Wine.

While most of us were still asleep this morning, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow and gave us his prediction as to when spring will arrive. Given how much snow has hit the Northeast in...

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Escaping Robert Parker Reviewed

There's a moment in the documentary Escaping Robert Parker when young winemaker Julian, the film's subject, meets legendary wine critic Robert Parker. We can't hear their conversation, but...

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February Wine Events

A couple weeks ago, we made our first visit to Miami with our Around the World in 80 Sips TM tasting. And coming up this month, we're bringing 80 Sips back to San Francisco for the third time....

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Top Wine School, Book And Teacher

One of the most renowned and respected wine classes is taught by Kevin Zraly who, in 2011, is celebrating his 35th anniversary of the Windows on the World Wine School and his 40th year of...

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Top Tipple

Welcome to the first 2011 edition of Team Daily Sip's best wines of the month. Between New Year's Eve, our first 80 Sips event in Miami and our operations manager's birthday, January delivered...

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TVino

Since reality TV burst onto the airwaves about ten years ago, we've learned one simple, undeniable truth: Fist-pumping Italian Americans  draw millions of excited viewers; wine,...

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Wine Of The Week

Today is Australia Day, a 24-hour period in which anyone and everyone can justifiably celebrate all things Aussie. Want to eat a kangaroo burger? No problem. Want to watch a Crocodile Dundee...

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Do The Can-Can

In yesterday's Daily Sip, we celebrated the anniversary of the first beer in a can. Today we're celebrating the introduction of a new, surprisingly drinkable wine in a can. While it's easy to...

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Get Out And Taste

In case it slipped your mind, the 80 Sips Challenge is going on right now in Chicago, until January 31. In the week ahead, be sure to visit  Gilt Bar , Hub 51 , Maude’s Liquor...

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Don't Kick The Can

  • Publish Date: Jan 24, 2011
  • Tags: beer

Today we celebrate a milestone in brewing--perhaps even in American culture: The birth of the beer can. Exactly 76 years ago, the first can of Krueger's Finest Beer was sold, the result of a...

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Gather Your Girls

Shecky’s Girls Night Out * is back this spring, and they want you and all of your girlfriends to join them for an evening of shopping, pampering, delish drinks and more. At GNO, you and...

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Around the World in 80 Sips™ SF

Team Bottlenotes hopes you're joining us for the third annual Around the World in 80 Sips™ tasting in San Francisco on Friday, February 11 at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio....

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Worthwhile White

Of all the wines we taste, the ones we approach with equal levels of excitement and fear are those made of unfamiliar grapes. Tasting new varieties is a bit like going on a blind date: You could...

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Great Use For Leftover Red

If there's one thing to enjoy about winter (aside from creating a fire-breathing snowman video and posting it on YouTube), it's gathering with friends inside and consuming the kinds of foods...

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Show The Love

Doing something clever or creative for Valentine’s Day could fall flat; and giving flowers, chocolate and a cheesy card will only get you so far. Wine, however, is a gift you’ll both...

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Wine of the Week

The Coen brothers' film True Grit , the remake of a mythic Western adventure about vengeance and valor, is big, bold and memorable. So was the wine that Team Daily Sip managed to sneak into the...

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Travel Like A Jetsetter 24/7

Need an escape?   Head to one of Sonoma's poshest properties--at a special rate, courtesy of  Jetsetter . At Les Mars Hotel, just off Healdsburg's main square, you'll enjoy...

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Drink It All In

Today is a special day. No, not Kevin Costner's birthday (he's 56 today). This is National Thesaurus Day, held in honor of Peter Mark Roget. Roget's Thesaurus, since it was first published in...

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Wine Of The Week

Today is an important birthday: Robert Bartleh Cummings is 46 years young today. Who, you might ask, is Robert Bartleh Cummings? You probably know him better as Rob Zombie, founder of the...

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Challenge Yourself

Prepare yourself for an epic two weeks of wine tasting. From January 18 to 31, Bottlenotes and Cheeky Chicago are hosting a two-week wine tasting challenge at four hot Chicago restaurants....

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Wine Of The Week

Anyone who knows a thing or two about making great wine will say that in addition to the right vineyards, the right weather and the right people, you need a lot of luck. For Ken and Akiko...

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Sip On 4Sq

In just a couple short weeks, Team Daily Sip will be working its way through Miami's wine bars as we prepare for Around the World in 80 Sips TM . While most people visit Miami with the...

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New Way To Read The Sip

One of the best apps for reading all the content you care about just got better. Pulse , the free app that brings all your favorite news sites and streams onto one, easy-to-scroll screen, now...

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Make The Shft

If you visit the WIRED pop-up store at 692 Broadway in New York (open until Dec. 26), the Bottlenotes iPhone app is among the many cool gadgets and devices you can play with and purchase. At...

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Brawny Tawny

There are two things you can count on with holiday drinks: That they're sweet and high in alcohol. If you like those two aspects yet you don't want to skip out on wine, we suggest you sip port...

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Go Dark

Love it or hate it, today is Black Friday, the start of the Christmas shopping season. If you get excited by the prospect of leading a bargain stampede at 5am, this is the day for you. For the...

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Turkey Day Wine Advice

Each year at this time, Thanksgiving wine-buying advice flows as swiftly as the blade at a turkey farm during a Sarah Palin interview . While most of the advice is sound, every wine store is...

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The Right Reds, Whites and Rosés

The Right Reds, Whites and Rosés During the holidays, Rioja is a great choice for any gathering. The wines of Spain’s Rioja are the perfect match for everything from the...

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Easy As Pie

With Thanksgiving dinner, there's no such thing as the perfect wine. No single variety or style pairs as well with gravy as it does cranberry sauce. Pairing wines with Thanksgiving desserts,...

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Wine Of The Week

Starting tomorrow, bright, over-sized displays will appear in wine shops to promote the purple, fruity pleasure that is Beaujolais Nouveau. Every year on the third Thursday of November, several...

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Feel-Good Wine

Shoppers often scoff at the prices of high-end French wines. But would you buy a bottle if it helped a good cause? For the 150th year running, Burgundy lovers get the chance to do just that this...

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Saké For The Soul

One of the joys of eating sushi is pairing it with saké. The downside is the cost--even a small bottle of good saké can cost some serious yen. So why not make your own? All you need...

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

While the Germans have sold us on superior engineering, sauerkraut and several things in between, they're still pretty far behind on wine labels that make sense. Delicious bottles of great value...

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Order A Clos Red

On this day in 1775, a few good men had a big idea as they sat around a tavern in Philadelphia. Those seriously tough dudes founded the United States Marine Corps. And around this time a mere...

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Sun, Sand And Sauvignon

  Imagine being out on a boat, cruising around a pretty island on a sunny day. You have your pick of beaches to pull up to and enjoy a picnic. Which beach should you choose? Probably the...

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Never Forget A Great Wine

Right up there with losing an extremely attractive person's number written on a cocktail napkin is not remembering the name of that great wine you tasted. Now, thankfully, there's an app for...

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The Wine Country Delivered

Want that winery tasting room experience without the hassle of traveling? Do you love the idea of only buying wines you know you love because you’ve tasted them first? Now you can!...

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No Drinks For The Weary

It's the end of the week, and if your TGIF routine looks anything like ours, you plan to reward yourself with some wine--followed by a good, full night of sleep. But before you polish off the...

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Winning Wines

Kia Ora! The Daily Sip is in New Zealand, busily exploring the country's wine regions and judging in the annual Air New Zealand Wine Awards . Over four days we'll taste a lion's share of 1,583...

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Au Naturale

Introducing Cascal, a delicious, fermented, all natural soda. Crafted with care at a microbrewery, Cascal combines natural ingredients with a special fermentation process. The magic is in the...

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Our Thinks On Drinks

Our list of things to do this week: Check out that first Lady Gaga album; read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and see Avatar in 3D. Oh, and start our own wine blogs . Okay, so maybe...

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Around the World in 80 Sips™ NYC

The second annual Around the World in 80 Sips™ tasting in New York is happening this Friday November 5 at The Altman Building. We would love for you to come sip with us! Enjoy more than 80...

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Terroir De Runway

Terroir De Runway Time to kill between flights? If you're in Dallas, visit the airport winery. Only four games in, and the World Series between the Giants and the Rangers has seen...

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A Perfect Pairing

A Perfect Pairing Mix up this chocolate-flavored wine cocktail during the trick-or-treating. Every Halloween, parents get into the red wine to cope with the constant doorbell rings--and...

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Ah, Autumn

Ah, Autumn The best wines we drank last month. Baseball playoffs, Monday Night Football, sweater weather: Autumn is officially upon us. October, though, is the ideal month since days can be...

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Aw, Gee

Aw, Gee Making tasty wine requires obsessive cleaning--and maybe swimming. Harvest is still cranking along throughout the northern hemisphere's wine regions, and right about now winery...

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Beer Wolves Of London

Beer Wolves Of London Serious beers for the silliest holiday ever. As we get deeper into October, the excitement (and dread) of assembling a Halloween costume is rising. While everyone's...

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Pumpkin Wine

Wine Of The Week An 'A' for effort on this Wisconsin-made pumpkin wine. You can make wine out of just about any fruit. If it's ripe enough you can mash it up, ferment it, bottle it and--if...

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Walla Walla, Oregon?

Walla Walla, Oregon ? The Washington wine you love might be from across state lines. Those responsible for deciding borders and drawing maps rarely take winemakers' feelings into...

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Hot Date?

Hot Date? Don't let it go cold by making a wine faux pas. It's Friday and you have an after-work encounter at a wine bar. While a tasty glass or two can break the ice, the wrong wine--or...

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Lost For Words?

Lost For Words? A few confusing wine terms explained. Did you know that today is National Dictionary Day? That's O.K.--neither did we at first. But once we found out, we decided to...

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First Duke, Now This

First Duke, Now This An incredible sparkling wine from...North Carolina? The biggest shock out of North Carolina lately? A female Duke student's PowerPoint presentation in which she...

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Seafood And Sauvignon Blanc

Seafood And Sauvignon Blanc Celebrating an iconic region and producer. When it comes to iconic wines, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has become a beloved staple white in the wine world. What's...

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Ins And Outs Of Importing

Ins And Outs Of Importing A passion for French wine led Jenny Lefcourt to start sourcing it for everyone else. Ever read the back label of a wine bottle, see the name of the importer and...

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Sail For Spain

Sail For Spain Quick tips on starting to explore Spanish reds and whites. The first thing most people do on Columbus Day is try and remember if they have to go to work. If not, the question...

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Apple Of Your Eye

Apple Of Your Eye Try a Calvados, the oft-overlooked apple brandy. Wine lovers are sometimes known to reach for an after-dinner drink with some edge, such as Cognac or Armagnac--French...

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Cuvée De Count

Cuvée De Count Toasting our favorite Muppet with Transylvanian wine. This Saturday, Sesame Street 's Count von Count celebrates his birthday. While we don't like to play...

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The First Pour

The First Pour When, why and how to use a decanter. Most wine drinkers have seen those sculptural, wide-based vessels called decanters. But are decanters really necessary, or are they just...

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Salud Spain

Salud Spain Sip through Spain in style. Join Wines from Spain for its 17th annual New York Great Match , featuring vivacious varietals and tantalizing tastes from Spain. This year's event...

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Let The Games Begin

Let The Games Begin The beers we sip while watching baseball. This week sees the start of the playoffs in Major League Baseball. Along with showing up to work in the morning with bags under...

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Who makes better wine, Europe or America?

EU Or "Pee-ew"? USA Or "No Way"? Who makes better wine, Europe or America? This weekend is the biannual duel between the best golfers in America and Europe for the coveted Ryder Cup. Last...

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Pop The Cork On Pop Art

Pop The Cork On Pop Art A Champagne icon toasts the work of Andy Warhol. Some say winemaking is more art than science. Appropriately, several wineries call upon local, cutting-edge or even...

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Best Wines This Month

Remember September Our favorite wines we drank last month. It's official: Summer is over. And as the weather started to cool, Team Daily Sip began the slow but steady process of switching...

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How Green Is Your Wine?

How Green Is Your Wine? A look at the basics of environmentally friendly wine. Walk into just about any wine shop, and there's a special section for organic and biodynamic wines. While...

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October Wine Events

October Wine Events A roundup of the month's best festivals and gatherings For the next four weeks, wineries throughout the northern hemisphere have all hands on deck, 24-7, to pick and...

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Looky Here

Looky Here Sneak some wine into the stadium. Tomorrow should see some exciting battles on the field of play: Yankees versus Red Sox; Manchester City versus Chelsea; and Alabama versus...

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Another Use For Albariño

Another Use For Albariño The Rias Baixas white wine makes for a tasty cocktail. As the weather continues to cool, there are three main things you can do with the unopened bottles of...

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Wine Of The Week

Wine of the Week Swanson's new line of gifts says it all. Remember Swanson TV dinners? While those pre-packaged frozen meals in tin trays saved time at the expense of many Americans'...

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Pair Food And Wine Like An Idiot

Pair Food And Wine Like An Idiot A new book teaches you all the basics. Have you ever tried pairing a Chardonnay and a steak? You probably could have used the help of Jaclyn Stuart and...

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Wine and Weight

Wine And Weight Does alcohol percentage impact your waistline? You've heard the expression that "alcohol is empty calories," right? Yet you've also heard how good wine can be for your...

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The XL Wine Glass

The XL Wine Glass A gimmick you can put to good use. When you're organizing a party, it's best to plan for about one bottle of wine per guest (and to take everyone's car keys). By that logic,...

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The Next Napa Valley?

About two hours North of San Francisco and 30 miles east of Mendocino, the Anderson Valley remains an untarnished gem that is producing some most excellent wine, and sits at the center of the...

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