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what to drink on thanksgiving

You might see a lot of people recommending Riesling for Thanksgiving, and here’s why: it’s incredibly versatile. The sugar balances out acid, but if you don’t prefer the sweeter styles try ones from Alsace which tend to be on the dry side.  Try a very typical style, Amélie & Charles Sparr Sentiment Riesling ($25) is very zesty and crisp.  The label on the Laurent … Continue reading

wines for climes
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wines for climes

With COP26 underway, it’s a great time to take a look at some of the cool sustainability initiatives happening in the wine industry all over the world.  Regional Regulations: In the Médoc, producers are working to make sustainability and biodiversity practices mandatory in their AOC regulations which would involve practices like reducing pesticides, preserving biodiversity, and managing the region’s carbon footprint. Sustainable farming helps … Continue reading

fish friendly whites
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fish friendly whites

Summer nights are perfect for a quick-grilled white fish with just a spritz of fresh lemon, Italian parsley and capers. These crisp, light Italian whites are perfect pairings.  Gavi: Digging the acacia and lemon spritz notes in Riva Leone Gavi ($14.99) and a fleshier apple Michele Chiarlo Rovereto ($16.99).  Falanghina: This is more of a deep yellow wine, with a hint of herbs … Continue reading

pop the pink
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pop the pink

The only thing that’ll save you during these heat waves is rosé. Here are this month’s fave five.  1 Lamberti Prosecco: Prosecco is now officially allowed to make a rosé style using Pinot Nero. This one isn’t only elegant, it’s a killer value at only $14.  2 Donum: At $50, this isn’t going to be your everyday deck quaffer … Continue reading

bastille day finds
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bastille day finds

We all know the famous regions, but on this Bastille Day (July 14) let’s celebrate some lesser known regions in France.  Camargue: Near Arles, the terroir here is sandy which helped them avoid the pest phylloxera which scourged most other regions. Pre-phylloxera Grenache vines. Try the salmon-tinted, peachy Pink Flamingo Gris Rosé. $14  Ventoux: East of the Rhône Valley, it gets some … Continue reading