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Serious Grape: Decanting Demystified

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The idea of decanting a wine—pouring the contents of a bottle into another vessel—may strike you as fussy and pretentious act, conjuring up images of white-gloved butlers and wine snobs. People have been decanting wine since at least Roman times because until recently, wine was not filtered and clarified as part of the wine-making process. More

Serious Grape: Hot Dog Wines

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"Gewürztraminer is grown in Germany and Alsace, two regions known for fine sausages, so it's no surprise the grape goes well with hot dogs." [Photograph: Robyn Lee] Many hot dogs will be slapped into buns this weekend in honor of Labor Day. Some will anoint them with mustard, others will go for "Chicago style," loading everything but the kitchen sink on top. Even without toppings, hot dogs are tricky because they combine sweet and salty flavors. So what's a wine drinker to do? Of course, you can do what you like--there are no absolute rules when it comes to wine and food pairing. But if hot dogs have stumped you in the past, I've got recommendations for sparkling, Gewürztraminer, rosé,... More

Serious Grape: Cool Summer Wines

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On Fridays, Deb Harkness of Good Wine Under $20 drops by with Serious Grape. Photograph from SLR Jester on Flickr The dog days of summer are upon us, and the heat is on. Many of us reach for beer or mixed drinks when the temperature climbs and we are in search of something icy cold and refreshing. But you don't have to give up on wine. Instead, you need to make summer-savvy choices. Before the cool weather hits, check out some of these recommendations for cool reds, rosés, and whites that will quench your thirst and match beautifully with the simple, fresh foods of August and September.... More

Serious Grape: Super Tuscans, the Superhero of Italian Red Wines

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On Fridays, Deb Harkness of Good Wine Under $20 drops by with Serious Grape. This week, Super Tuscans, the superhero of wines. Photograph from bohman on Flickr It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a Super Tuscan. What's a Super Tuscan? Some people love their big, bold flavors. Some people hate them, and find them too modern and fruity. But what are they? And how can you recognize this wine superhero when you see it? The history of Super Tuscans goes back to the 1970s, when Italy's notoriously strict wine regulations made it impossible for winemakers in Tuscany to make wines that deviated from the following recipe: no more than 70% Sangiovese and at least 10% juice from local white... More

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