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I love Portuguese wines. I love the value. I love the diversity. I love the flavors. I love their wide availability, and how they show up at every restaurant I’m at lately. From delicate, effervescent Vinho Verdes to bold Douro and Alentejo blends, I’m hooked. Maybe visits and a seriously good ...

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The rain has finally reached the far reaches of California, giving the whole place a sense of fall, and (at long last) teaching the youngsters the definition of a puddle after a season characterized by intense drought. Naturally, Californians are now complaining about the fall chill in our ...

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  • November 16, 2015
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Occasionally, forces in the universe positively collide in your favor. I particularly appreciate when these collisions keep me drinking, and especially drinking well. That’s exactly what happened this week, and (joy of all joys) there even happened to be food involved. It was a sultry Tuesday ...

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  • September 28, 2015
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It’s sweaty and damn smokey in the lower Sierra Nevada right now, making red wines nearly impossible to stomach, but luckily making white wines perfectly delicious. This week, I was pleasantly surprised by the crisp and lively Amador County Vermentino from Simone Giusto Cellars. Vermentino is a ...

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  • September 20, 2015
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Now that I’ve recovered from my epic NYC Hangover, it’s back to summer sipper time at Casa Uncorked. This week, I was surprised and delighted by a Sauvignon Blanc sample I received, and got to thinking more about this popular white grape that’s loved and hated by so, so many. Sauvignon Blanc is ...

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  • August 28, 2015
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In an effort to continue cooking sans a hot kitchen this season, I’ve moved my culinary endeavors from the grill to the America’s most versatile appliance, the microwave. Though it’s fallen from grace with foodies, these humming boxes with their soft, radioactive glow can cook everything–from ...

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  • July 16, 2015
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Yes, Yes, we all know that rosé isn’t all White Zinfandel anymore, but that doesn’t mean all rosé is Cristal. Sometimes, tragic as it is, mediocre rosé falls shockingly into our unknowing glasses. What’s a devoted drinker to do in times like these?! It’s sinful to waste wine–though really bad ...

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  • July 8, 2015
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There’s a time and place for sauce-smothered ribs, pulled pork, greasy hot dogs and bacon-laden cheeseburgers. There’s also a time for salad, grilled vegetables, tabouleh, and fresh peaches. That time is summer. I find it amusing and ironic that the season of farmstands, freshness and bikinis ...

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  • June 26, 2015
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