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Energy drinks for stressed-out adults

Q. The Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays are a big deal…

Courtesy photoMadeira is made from several grapes. The four noble varietals are sercial

Madeira has an endearing old-world quality to it

Madeira is the world’s eighth wonder. Created pretty much by accident, it…

Courtesy photoMadeira is made from several grapes. The four noble varietals are sercial
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Raising glass in memory of 2 wine tastemakers

As a former history major, I think that in order to fully…

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Sweet tooth: Dessert wines are usually served after dining

Dessert wines fit in well before, during meals too

Dessert wines are often passed over because they are served at the…

Sweet tooth: Dessert wines are usually served after dining

Crisp white xarel-lo hard to pronounce, but easy on palate

The only Spanish wine that has real name recognition is albariño. A…

A little Moscato d’Asti to go with dessert

If there is one dessert wine that seems to have universal appeal,…

Rosés perfect for sunny weather

I’m hoping that by the time this column goes to print, I…

Napa Valley’s Diamond Creek a family affair

‘We’re not interested in people buying Diamond Creek as a status symbol,”…

Liter bottles give you a little extra to savor

Way back when I first got into the wine industry, a famous…

Debunking — or confirming — myths about wine

Wine intimidates folks, so I suspect a lot of you might have…

Sabrina Aller pairs chocolate like no other

The chocolate concierge for Bridge Brands Chocolate, an artisanal producer at 12th…

Perfect pairings to go with a slice of pizza

I’ve been hearing people mention “pizza wine” lately, but what does that…

Not-so-sweet riesling still tasty

While German vintners have much to celebrate with the 2009 vintage, the…

Versatile grenache blanc ideal for blending

Grenache is the most widely planted red-wine grape in the world. Grenache…

Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Rethinking white wine

Named after Julius Caesar, Friuli-Venezia Giulia has made people rethink Italian white…

Tasting Wine: Albarino becoming most loved white-wine grape

One of the most popular white-wine grapes these days is albariño. I…

Pinot a hard grape to grow, but payoff is sweet

Pinot noir is one of the hardest grapes to grow. It is…

Tasting Wine: Digging in to the Central Coast white wines

The other day I tasted nothing but California wines. This may not…