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Why is Wine Aged in Oak Barrels?

By Gordon and Jean Leidner Wine and oak have had a loving relationship for centuries. Why is this? What is so magical about aging wine in oak as opposed to some other type of wood or material? What special qualities do oak barrels give to wine? Our curiosity...
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Crispy Garlic Baked Chicken Recipe and Wine Pairing

During life’s busy seasons, it is so nice to spend just a few minutes to prep a dish and then let the oven finish it off. Liz from The Lemon Bowl has just one of those recipes — Crispy Garlic Baked Chicken Breasts. The secret to this recipe...
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Wine Events: 10/26/14

Mark the dates for these wine events around the country in early November! Jump to an Event Parsing Zinfandel – Texas Toast the Season Wine Tour – Michigan A Wine and Food Affair – California More Fun with Bordeaux – Texas Big...
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Global Champagne Day

Today is Global Champagne Day! Pick up your favorite bottle of genuine Champagne from France and celebrate. To help you, we’ve compiled some Champagne suggestions, crafts, resources for learning about Champagne, and more. Learn About Champagne...
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Interview with Winemaker Joel Peterson of Ravenswood

By contributing writer Joe Roberts Back in 1976, Joel Peterson – the opinionated, erudite son of a chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project – made his first batch of Zinfandel that would carry the Ravenswood name. This was at a time when...
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Butternut Squash Soup and Wine Pairing

By contributing writer Mary Cressler I’ll admit it; I’m not a fan of the cold, rainy, and dreary season, which for me living in Portland, Oregon, lasts, oh, about nine months. Summers here are absolutely perfect with warm sunny days, low to no humidity,...
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