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No More Corks

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Trends, Storage Tips, Wine,

Opening a bottle of good wine with a corkscrew may soon be a thing of the past. Because of the shrinkage of acreage that grows cork trees, corks have become scarce and wine makers have sought alternative ways to seal wine.  First came the plastic corks that don’t crumble like the natural corks do when a corkscrew is applied to them. A number of American wineries that changed to plastic discovered a side benefit. They didn’t …

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Meritage Wines Say American like No Other

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Trends, Wine,

Dubbed eighteen years ago in a naming contest sponsored by three Napa Valley wine makers, these wines combined the best qualities of the French varietals Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon (the “merit”) grown here in the US with the blending tradition of Old World Bordeaux (the “heritage”). The result was a line of red and white table wines that was uniquely American. The White Meritage, in particular, is hearty enough to satisfy the hardened Chardonnay enthusiast but …

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Wines with Salad

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Fruit, Salad, Vegetables, Wine,

Most people think of salads as being appetizers or palate cleansers. A simple green salad dressed in oil and vinegar is just that. But summer salads can be your entire meal or half of it if paired with a sandwich or soup. Serving a wine with them can enhance your dining experience. But which wine? The trick here is to consider the weight of the salad, its ingredients, and the acidity of the salad dressing. If …

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