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A Beginner's Guide to German Wine

Overwhelmed by German wine labels? Not sure how to figure out if a wine is going to be sweet or dry? We can help. Consider this your friendly introduction to the grapes, regions, and many reasons to love German wine. More

Ask a Sommelier: How to Pair Wine With Salads

When it comes to wine pairing, salads can be tricky: a salad that's dressed with something tart can knock out the flavor of the wine you're trying to enjoy. We asked a few sommeliers from around the country for their tips on the best wines to serve with salads, and all the factors to consider when pairing. More

Ask a Sommelier: What Makes a Great Wine List?

One of the most important tasks of a wine director is creating and managing a restaurant's wine list. But what sets apart a just-ok list from a great one? How does a wine director go about choosing wines and making a great list? We asked sommeliers from around the country for their thoughts. More

How to Stock Your Wine Cellar

If you've really gotten into wine and you want to stash some away to drink at its peak in 5 or 10 or even 20 years, what sort of cellar space makes sense? What kinds of wine should you put in there? How many bottles of each? More

A Beginner's Guide to Italian Wine

It's an old saying, but in Italy, what grows together truly goes together. If you love Italian food like I do—the pasta, the prosciutto, the olive oil—exploring Italian wine is a fun next step. Let's start by getting to know a few of the essential grapes. More

The Best and Worst Wines for a Potluck

I once threw a potluck where five people brought green salad and two brought cookies. Period. Even with the revelers manage to cover the courses, the flavors are a trip around the world: Indian curry, Greek salad, Tex-Mex enchiladas, Swedish meatballs, Mama's Lasagna. The unifying theme, if any, is diversity. So what about that wine? What can you take to a potluck that'll taste good amid the noise of flavors, textures, and styles? More

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