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10 Best Zinfandel Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Zinfandel

10 Best Zinfandel Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a vitis vinifera red wine grape that produces deep robust wines, most famously from California. You’ll find my most recent Zinfandel reviews and ratings here. Surprising Facts about Zinfandel: 1. Zinfandel’s high sugar content means it can be fermented into highly alcoholic wines sometimes in excess of 15%.  Zinfandel is generally early ripening as compared to other grapes and grows in very tight bunches. These tight bunches are prone to bunch rot and uneven ripening. Zinfandel grows best in warm climates but there is cool climate Zinfandel. 2. The origin of Zinfandel seems to be Croatia where Zinfandel... learn more  

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Delicious Galbani Cheese Recipes and Wine Pairings

Delicious Galbani Cheese Recipes and Wine Pairings

Caprini Salad with Galbani Fresh Mozzarella A delicious, fresh recipe that can be made in minutes. Enjoy as an appetizer or side dish. Ingredients 8 oz. Galbani Fresh Mozzarella Ball 3 Vine Ripe Tomatoes Yellow Pear and Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half 1/2 Red Onion, thinly sliced Capers, chopped 1 Lemon Zest Oregano Garlic Basil Olive Oil Lemon Juice Salt and Pepper, to taste Wine Pairing Gabbiano Pinot Grigio Directions 1. Cut the vine ripe tomatoes into quarters and arrange on salad plates with sliced cherry tomatoes and yellow pear tomatoes. 2. Scatter sliced onions. 3. Slice Galbani Mozzarella Ball... learn more  

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Wine's Finest Moments in the Movies ...

Wine's Finest Moments in the Movies

We chat about how Hollywood's most memorable characters, from James Bond to Hannibal Lector, have always had a little help from the wine bottle. How wine is portrayed in the movies is often revealing about our wine culture. Sit back, open a good bottle and ... learn more  

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Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2012

Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2012

This is what elegance and restraint tastes like from Australia: French grammar school, Australian graduate studies by the consummate gentleman winemaker Peter Gago. This wine was matured for a year in French oak, 26% of which was new. Lovely aromas of mint ... learn more  

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How to Choose Wine from a Restaurant List like a Pro

How to Choose Wine from a Restaurant List like a Pro

On CTV’s The Social yesterday, we chatted about how to choose wine from a restaurant list, including how to indicate how much you want to pay without saying it out loud and sending back a bad bottle. On Twitter, many folks asked which rosé I poured for Teddy. It’s the lovely Anew Rosé from Columbia Valley in Washington State. On Marci’s table is the Jackson-Triggs Cabernet. Hope these tips help you through you next restaurant wine experience. Ask for help Find someone who should the wine list well, usually the sommelier, the bartender or your server. Tell your sommelier a few details... learn more  

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Wine Review of the Day: VA liquor stores

The St. Henri label has always been my favourite of the Penfolds line-up. Full-bodied and supple yet will cellar well. This stunning Australian red wine is made from Shiraz grapes. Savoury and gorgeous with great length, depth and concentration. Pair with rare meats....

Top Wine Ratings in VA liquor stores

Chalky dry and full-bodied with aromas of mocha and dark fruit. Pair with rack of lamb....

Top 20 Wines Under $20

In my ongoing quest to find the world's best bargain bottles, I select new wines weekly that represent the best value under $20. These are wines that taste twice as expensive as they cost ...



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Natalie MacLean is editor of one of the largest wine review web sites, publishing hundreds of wine reviews every week for more than 177,557 members.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

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Red, White & Drunk All Over

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Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

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  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a fiesty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

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