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Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Have You Ever Taken a Break from Wine?

These industry pros gave wine up and not only lived to tell the tale, but say it made them better drinkers

Posted: April 23, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

These days, you can't open a browser window without hearing about the latest abstemious diet: juice fasts, raw diets and nutritional cleanses. We've turned into a culture on perma-Lent—unless you're in the wine and food industry.

There is no doubt that working in the good-life business has major perks: good wine, good food, and lots of it. But what happens when it gets to be too much? Is it even possible to cut back if consuming is part of the job? Some sommeliers and winemakers say that cutting out wine for a short period of time—going on a "wine cleanse," if you will—actually helps them appreciate wine more.

News & Features  :  Dining Tips

Dining Tip: Lamb Meatballs

An easy addition to the tapas table, and great to serve with a Spanish red

Posted: April 22, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

News & Features  :  Dining Tips

Dining Tip: Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Tomato and Okra

A fast way to bring a splash of color and flavor to the table

Posted: April 15, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

News & Features  :  Matchmaking

8 & $20 Recipe: Asparagus and Lemon Ricotta Bruschetta

A Chilean Sauvignon Blanc makes an ideal pairing for this easy spring meal

Posted: April 9, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

News & Features  :  Dining Tips

Dining Tip: Classic French Onion Soup

Warm up a still-cool spring evening with this simple, delicious soup and a red Bordeaux

Posted: April 8, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Why Don't Food and Wine Trends Match?

Trendy menus get fattier while edgy wine lists focus on restraint

Posted: April 4, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

Can I ask a question? Why does it seem that menus in young, trendy restaurants tout big flavor from fat and spice, while the dog-whistle words of trendy wines are "balance" and "restraint"?

OK, I know the word "trendy" is problematic, so here, a warning: There will be some broad generalizations ahead. To avoid putting everything in "quotes," when I say young and trendy, I mean those restaurants designed to appeal to twenty-somethings in the creative class living in urban areas, and trendy wines are on those restaurants' wine lists.

News & Features  :  Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Beaune Restaurants

The medieval city of Beaune is an ideal base from which to explore the Côte d'Or

Posted: April 1, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler, Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Matchmaking

8 & $20 Recipe: Roast Pork Tenderloin with Olives and French Rosé

Currants help tie the wine to this easy recipe inspired by Southern France

Posted: March 12, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

What Do Big-Wave Surfers and Château Margaux Have in Common?

Hint: They’re constantly trying to get better at a super elite level

Posted: March 5, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

Earlier this winter, Château Margaux managing director Paul Pontallier travelled to New York to present ongoing experiments involving organic and biodynamic viticulture, as well as experiments with screw caps. Coming from a famed first-growth, this is something of a big deal in the wine world.

Margaux, of course, isn't the only winery in the world taking steps toward organic or biodynamic farming (the chateau has not used herbicides or insecticides for the past decade-only fungicides to prevent rot) or considering adopting screw caps, but on account of its first-growth status, you could say that it might have more to lose than most. After all, why fix something that's not broken?

To answer that—and this may be a bit of a leap—let's look at what's been happening recently in big-wave surfing.

Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Warm Butternut Squash Salad With Grenache Blanc

Chef Pam Mazzola, Prospect, San Francisco

Posted: February 28, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

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