Is Your Wine Faulty?

Today’s newsletter is part two of how to spot wine faults: Is it you or is that wine off? I won’t repeat the article here but I thought I make a post so that you can comment on the issue or ask questions. Have you ever run into a faulty wine in a restaurant? Are you reluctant to send it back? Is mostly corked wine that you’ve encountered or others? Look forward to hearing from you. Cheers, Natalie

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About the Blog

  After ten years of resistance and sheer stubbornness, I’ve finally launched a blog! Why did I resist so long? Well, I worried about whether I could keep the content fresh and wondered if anyone would  it read it all. Now you can see why I drink for a living. What I’d like to know from you is what you’d like me to cover and how you’d like me to approach this? Do you really want to know what I drank last night or should we keep it high level? I’d also welcome any feedback on making the blog user-friendly […]

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New Wine Reviews

Number of Wines Recommended: 56 Review date: October 10, 2009 The highlights in this Vintages release include: – 22 wines under $20 – Best value white: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with pure grassy goodness for vegetarian dishes and quiche $14.95 – Favorite white: Voluptuous California Chardonnay for roast chicken 93/100 – Best value red: Supple, full-bodied Chilean Carmenère for hamburgers and steak $14.95 – Favorite red: Blackberry-rich Australian Shiraz for fajitas 93/100 – Favorite red: Dense, round, supple and full-bodied Spanish Cabernet for brisket and prime rib 93/100 Free sample wine reviews with tasting notes, scores & recipes: Here is […]

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5 Tips to Pick Wines for Thanksgiving

No other holiday celebrates the gift of wine like Thanksgiving. Wine is a taste of the harvest along with all the delicious dishes on the table. But actually choosing a bottle can feel like a thankless task, especially with so many flavors to match. Relax. Have a drink. And try some of my suggestions for great wines to pair with Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings. In my free online matching tool, you can click on “turkey holiday dinner” to find wines that accompany all kinds of dishes, from roasted turkey to turducken, from creamed corn to pecan pie. Here […]

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Thyme Roast Chicken

Thyme Roast Chicken I once heard Jacques Pepin being asked on a radio interview what his all time favorite dish to prepare was. this was the dish he instantly shot out. I have used it frequently ever since, and once you get a taste of how delicious and easy it is, so will you! This recipe comes from Alona Martinez Serves 4 Level of difficulty: easy 1 organic free-range chicken 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 4 sprigs fresh thyme For the gravy: 1/2 cup white wine plus 3 tablespoons 1 […]

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