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Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

What Does Wine Enlightenment Look Like?

Is there a common trajectory to appreciating wine and, if so, an endpoint?

Posted: December 24, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

Do you still drink the same wines you did when you started drinking wine? I don't, and I'm guessing you don't either.

It's a truism that understanding wine is a journey. With so many styles and types of wine out there, it's natural that people start in one place and end in another.

News & Features  :  Dining Tips

Dining Tip: Creamy Clam Chowder

Bacon and paprika enliven this easy weeknight dish

Posted: December 16, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

News & Features  :  Matchmaking

8 and $20 Recipe: Creamy Clam Chowder and a Spanish White

Bacon and smoked paprika help make an ideal pairing for this easy weeknight dish

Posted: December 10, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

News & Features  :  Matchmaking

8 & $20 Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese with a Pinot Noir

Adding sautéed mushrooms helps make a successful red wine pairing for this cozy comfort food

Posted: November 12, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

News & Features  :  Dining Tips

Dining Tip: French Dip Sandwich

A simple, hearty sandwich to pair with Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted: November 11, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

How Do You Become an Expert in Bordeaux?

4 tips for getting a handle on this uber-famous, sort-of-complicated, not-always-pricey wine region

Posted: November 7, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

It’s no secret that Bordeaux wines have a bit of a perception problem among U.S. consumers. In a 2012 blog post, senior editor James Molesworth, our lead taster for Bordeaux, said the Bordelais see the U.S. market “slipping away” on account of an “image issue, driven by the escalating prices of the top châteaus.”

A number of good reasons for exploring Bordeaux wines were outlined in that post, including a raft of under-$20 values, cellar-worthy wines at modest prices, stylistic diversity and a move to green farming and winemaking practices. But still, for many people just getting into wine, Bordeaux remains something of an unknown. How much does a consumer really need to know to buy a good bottle?

I asked Bernard Sun, corporate beverage director for Jean-Georges Restaurants, how he would recommend tackling the region. Here are his tips.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

What's a Unicorn Wine?

Parsing sommelier speak

Posted: October 24, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

If you pay any attention to sommeliers and winemakers on Twitter, you will have noticed increasing postings over the past couple of years about something called "unicorn wines."

Here, a picture of Mouton 1928 from New York's NoMad sommelier Thomas Pasturnak, with the caption, "truly special and a legit #unicornwine." Here, a picture of Darting Pinot Meunier Pfalz Trocken 2010 from San Francisco's Acquarello sommelier Davis Smith, with the caption, "Now THIS is a #Unicornwine. And it's delicious."

What, you ask, unites these wines?

News & Features  :  Matchmaking

8 & $20 Recipe: French Dip Sandwich and Bordeaux

This saucy sandwich is perfect for early fall

Posted: October 8, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

News & Features  :  Dining Tips

Dining Tip: Lemon Butter-Grilled Salmon

Salmon with a simple glaze that builds a bridge to a great wine match

Posted: September 30, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

News & Features  :  Dining Tips

Dining Tip: Indian-Spiced Grilled Chicken

A warm side salad of wilted spinach and chickpeas rounds out the meal

Posted: September 16, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

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