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Dear Natalie, January 22, 2012

If you're planning to celebrate the Chinese New Year with some delicious sweet and sour or spicy dishes, I have some mouth-watering wines for you to pair with them in this newsletter. 

I've expanded on my tips in this Washington Post article to include red, white and sparkling wine picks. There are a number of them coming out in now in liquor stores.

I'm already feeling that 2012 will be a lucky year, and one fueled by the power of the dragon ... at 10:17 pm last night, Sandra from Pickering joined our community as member ...


Of course, she's number one in my wine-soaked heart. Fortunately, I already had wine in my glass to celebrate so I just kept going.

I raise my glass to Sandra ... and to you!


Wines of the Week
There are some interesting wines in the market now, including a very floral Torrontes white wine that would be perfect with many Asian and Indian dishes. If you're loving red wines, there are plenty of those too. You can find my Best Value and Top Rated red, white, sparkling, rose and dessert wines here ... More »

Wine Pairing of the Week
If you're trying to eat lighter right now, but would still like to celebrate the Chinese New Year, try this recipe for Asian Chicken Salad with Endive Spears from chef and cookbook author Amy Tobin. A zippy riesling or gewurztraminer would be perfect with this dish. Here's the recipe ... More »

Wine Tip of the Week
Many people give up on wine when it comes to sweet and sour or spicy dishes. However, you don't have to settle for beer. (That ought to raise the hackles of some readers :) There are a variety of wines to drink: the trick is in keeping the alcohol and tannins low. Here are my tips ... More »

If you're on the hunt for bargain wines this weekend, you can see some of my favourites above in this video for Sympatico Lifestyle.

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