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Bordeaux, France, Wine

Great Affordable Bordeaux: CHATEAU LE TEMPLE Medoc

Just because it’s Bordeaux doesn’t mean it has to be serious. In this age of Instagrammable moments, it’s all about hashtag-LivingMyBestLife. We’re into this habit of showing off what a

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California, Craft Beer

A Quick One (While He’s Away!): A Beer Trip to San Francisco

Sunday, 1:20 pm:  The San Francisco Baseball Giants were depressingly continuing their early season streak of being down in the first inning while a mostly oblivious crowd of thirsty San

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Spain, Wine
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Great Sustainable Wine: MERAYO “Las Tres Filas” Mencia

Granted, the market for Mencia wine outside of Spain—for the moment—is miniscule, relatively speaking.  But don’t let relative obscurity stop you from seeking out this fantastic wine for the money.

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California, Wine
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Great Sustainable Wine: LAFOND Pinot Noir SRH

The palate instantly recognizes a wine with special qualities. Ethereal in texture and delightfully complex yet full of clarity, the 2016 LAFOND Pinot Noir SRH (for “Sta. Rita Hills”) leaves

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California, Wine
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Great Sustainable Wine: LYRIC BY ETUDE Chardonnay

It’s nice to see one of the most popular names in Napa produce an excellent Chardonnay at an affordable price, and with grapes from sustainable vineyards located in Santa Barbara

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Colorado, Craft Beer
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Craft Beer: “The Essentials” | GREAT DIVIDE YETI IMPERIAL STOUT

I recently traveled to Denver for my brother-in-law’s bachelor party. It had been 25 years since I last visited Denver before this trip and so much had changed. Denver has

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Australia, Wine

HANDPICKED WINES: On the Cutting Edge of Australia’s Contemporary Wine Scene

1,000 years from now, when the story of Australian wine is told, it will be a tale of two eras: a) the Yellowtail Era; and b) the post-Yellowtail Era. We

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California, Wine
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Great Wine: HARTFORD COURT Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Whenever that list of greatest Sonoma County wines is assembled, a HARTFORD COURT Chardonnay has got to be on it. My choice is the winery’s Russian River Valley Chardonnay. The

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California, Craft Beer

Great Beer: THREE WEAVERS Knotty DIPA

THREE WEAV3RS BREWING is famous in Los Angeles for being one of the first breweries to be run by women (owner and head brewer), which IS a rarity in a

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Germany, Wine
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Great Wine: Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spatlese

Nothing lights up a Christmas season like a German Riesling. Other than the fact that Nuremberg, Berlin, Cologne and Dresden are some of the best places on earth to celebrate

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California, Wine

Great Napa Valley Wines You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

It’s too easy to get cynical about Napa Valley. And that’s a problem. Prices seem to be at an untenable premium—for land, for grapes and for the bottle—and you can

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