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Courtesy PhotoBubbly on a budget: Champagne Lancelot-Pienne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs is a complex

A Champagne baker’s dozen for the holidays

Few things make me happier than drinking Champagne, especially when I have…

Courtesy PhotoBubbly on a budget: Champagne Lancelot-Pienne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs is a complex
Courtesy PhotoThe Riedel Vinum series is a great gift for any wine lover.

Gifts for the wine lover in your life

When considering wine gifts, you can spend as much as you will,…

Courtesy PhotoThe Riedel Vinum series is a great gift for any wine lover.
Reuters File PhotoA sparkling taste of Italy: Made in the Veneto region

Prosecco offers intriguing value in sparkling wine market

Long a favored aperitif in Italy, prosecco has caught on in the…

Reuters File PhotoA sparkling taste of Italy: Made in the Veneto region
Valley values: Chilean wines have grown increasingly sophisticated

Chilean value cabernets finally living up to the decades-old hype

There was a time when Chile was touted as the best place…

Valley values: Chilean wines have grown increasingly sophisticated
Courtesy PhotoDomestic import: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in Berkeley works with Domaine Dupeuble of France to make Beaujolais wine.

Shop early for perfect Thanksgiving wines

Right around now, people start thinking about which wines to serve with…

Courtesy PhotoDomestic import: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in Berkeley works with Domaine Dupeuble of France to make Beaujolais wine.
For the cost of a Rueda wine

Rueda whites offer tasty counterpoint to sauvignon blanc

Who could have imagined there would ever be such a thing as…

For the cost of a Rueda wine
Gil Riego Jr./Special to the S.F. ExaminerColorful refuge: Blanc et Rouge has wine selections to please both mainstream palates and more adventurous tastes.

Wine bar choices abundant for San Francisco sippers

Continuing with last week’s theme, finding good wines by the glass has…

Gil Riego Jr./Special to the S.F. ExaminerColorful refuge: Blanc et Rouge has wine selections to please both mainstream palates and more adventurous tastes.
Courtesy PhotoTaking an angle: The Slanted Door has an extensive selection of riesling wines.

Eateries pair fine food, innovative wine lists

When I first moved to San Francisco, the Mission was grunge, Frank…

Courtesy PhotoTaking an angle: The Slanted Door has an extensive selection of riesling wines.
Courtesy PhotoPopular pick: Wines from the Savoie region are gaining popularity internationally.

Savoie wines making an international name for themselves

Hailing from the western foothills of the French Alps, the wines from…

Courtesy PhotoPopular pick: Wines from the Savoie region are gaining popularity internationally.
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Experts pick wines to match Bay Area weather

I’m feeling lazy this week. Instead of serving up my latest and…

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Merlot is a great companion for  vegetable dishes and red meats.

Start searching for these oft-overlooked merlots

Who would have thought 15 years ago, during the height of its…

Merlot is a great companion for  vegetable dishes and red meats.
Rows of flavor: The Bierzo region

Spain offers hidden gem in mencia wines

No longer just the land of Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, or…

Rows of flavor: The Bierzo region
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Summertime blues no match for a rosé

Folks, this is it: The last rosé column for a good while.…

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Courtesy PhotoWhat’s the word? Affordable: Mason Cellars Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc swirls together grapefruit and guava flavors in one easy-to-afford wine.

Plunk down $10 and skip bad ‘plonk’ wine

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, “plonk” means “cheap or inferior wine.” I have…

Courtesy PhotoWhat’s the word? Affordable: Mason Cellars Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc swirls together grapefruit and guava flavors in one easy-to-afford wine.
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D’Arenberg delivers deals from down under

While making mushroom risotto the other night, I ran out of cooking…

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Grape expectations: Hosts don’t always need juicy steaks to bring out their wines.

Fish, veggies and wine go great with grill

Lest you think that barbecue is only for carnivores, think again. This…

Grape expectations: Hosts don’t always need juicy steaks to bring out their wines.
Perfect pairings: There is an array of wines to pair with the many food options at a barbecue

Perfect wines for meaty barbecues

When I started to conceptualize what has become a two-part column on…

Perfect pairings: There is an array of wines to pair with the many food options at a barbecue
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Burgundy gems found at budget prices

Grand cru designated wines from Burgundy are among the most expensive wines…

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Getty Images file photoBurgundy bounty: Red wine in Chablis comes from four French subregions — the Maconnais

Chablis churns out outstanding red Burgundy

Since I wrote about white Burgundy available for less than $30 last…

Getty Images file photoBurgundy bounty: Red wine in Chablis comes from four French subregions — the Maconnais
Courtesy photoLighter wines: In 2012

Less oak, alcohol on the wine horizon for ’12

I took a look at last year’s wine forecast to see how…

Courtesy photoLighter wines: In 2012