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Wine Lovers: Stock Up on the Essentials This Holiday

Holiday shopping is so fun — especially for the wine lovers in your life! But before you reach for those cute, novelty items, make sure you and the wine lovers on your list have really good basics. So here’s a holiday checklist to ensure the wine bar is properly stocked. For Home A Good Bottle…
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5 Questions With The Woman Who Promotes Italian Wines

As Managing Director Vinitaly International, Stevie Kim is the voice of Italy. Vinitaly is an international wine competition and exposition that showcases over 3,000 wines from around the world. It is held annually in Verona, Italy. And Kim is there fearless leader. The exposition is the largest it has ever been under her reign. She also started the Vinitaly International…
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Cabernet Franc: The Grape That Got Around

Big Daddy deserves a day too. Cabernet Franc, the father of Cabernet Sauvignon, among others, is celebrated on December 4th. While it is often used as a blending grape, the single varietal Cabernet Franc is a medium-bodied red wine from the Basque region of France, which is in the southwest part of the country near…
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Pre-Holiday Sips

It’s so fun and festive to be at the wineries when they are all decorated for the holidays. And many are having some great events -- you can even get some shopping done while you drink their best wines! Big note though: The last two weeks of the month are generally pretty quiet so get…
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Brunello di Montalcino: The Sophia Loren of Wines

With the cold weather and the holidays upon us, we tend to gravitate toward bigger, heavier red wines. So it’s the perfect time of year for a Brunello di Montalcino. It is the Sophia Loren of Italian wines because, like her, this wine only gets more stunning with age. This bombshell wine is made from…
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We Are Thankful – For You!

We here at The Sip are so thankful for you, our loyal readers and fellow wine lovers. We love your participation, your insight and your wine picks. And while we also are so grateful for our friends, family, and good health, here are a few more things that our team is thankful for. Our design…
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Pick A Non-Traditional Wine for Thanksgiving

The holidays can be stressful, so don’t let picking out a wine add to your angst. There are tons of great reasonably priced bottles out there that will please your guests and help everyone relax. Because you want to leave the good stuff for another day. On a long holiday like Thanksgiving, you’re much better…
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Beaujolais Nouveau Day

At 12:01 a.m. on the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais Nouveau, a young red wine made from hand-picked Gamay grapes, is released to the world. And thanks to French law — yes, the law — not a minute before. The celebration started in the 1970’s, but in 1985, Beaujolais Nouveau’s release date was officially changed…
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