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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

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

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

I’ll be honest, wine spritzers were the first alcoholic beverage that I was allowed to drink at home at the ripe old age of 16. I guess my dad figured some Portuguese jug wine and Sprite wouldn’t kill me, which was true considering I’d sneak much worse combinations (like vodka and Mountain Dew) ...

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  • May 19, 2015