Kara Newman

I write about wine, spirits, and food. I'm the author of "Spice & Ice - 60 tongue-tingling cocktails," a book about spicy cocktails. Follow me on Twitter: @karanewman

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Why Wine Drinkers Should Care About the HR 5034 Bill

PS, if that link doesn't work properly, you can also go to and scroll down to "Hot Topics." The first link under that section ("Defeat HR5034") takes you to the page with the letter forms.

Why Wine Drinkers Should Care About the HR 5034 Bill

Wow, I think we've hit a nerve with this issue!

@simon, and anyone else who wishes to voice concerns about HR 5034 - here's where to go:

Scroll to the bottom of the page - they've made it easy to send a letter to the House or the Senate. You can also edit the text if you don't quite agree with everything outlined there.

Review: The Hello Kitty Wine, Brut Rose

Thanks for all the comments! I am noting all the great "critter wine" recommendations, and a smackdown is definitely in order.

@Simon - thanks especially for the insight into how Hello Kitty is perceived in Japan ("not creepy"). That's helpful to know. Although I still say the marketing geniuses bringing Hello Kitty wine to the U.S. should be prepared for how our culture might receive such a product ("creepy").

A Guide to Wine and Dessert Pairings

Thanks for the kind words! I'm getting hungry reading these responses. I could go for some tiramisu right about now...

Bar help!

D, I was pleasantly surprised by the range of good suggestions in this article - I think both out-of-towners and locals will enjoy many of these spots:

In Vino Virtuous: Drinking Wines That Support Charities

Here's another one to add to the list: ONEHOPE Wine, benefiting breast cancer research:

Serious Grape: ABC (Anything But Chardonnay)

Hi everyone, thanks for all the great suggestions! Agreed with @dbisping, there are so many white wines out there worth exploring - I barely scratched the surface in this list. and I'm looking forward to trying some of the varietals/bottles you've mentioned.

@plazmaorb, @Simon - good call on Viognier! one of my favorites.