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I have one word, three syllables for you when it comes to the greatest white wine of the world: Montrachet, pronounced "Mo-nra-shay".  Montrachet is a remarkable piece of real estate, a very special place, or vineyard and terroir as the French put it.  This is the place where the Chardonnay grape, one of two Noble Grape varietals, reaches its peak.  The other Noble Grape varietal is Riesling, but we will talk about that later. Wines of this caliber and pedigree should elicit great emotion, like a great dish made with white truffles, an incredible album, a great work of art...

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We drink it with a nice dinner. We covet it after a long day. When we gather for a celebration, it always finds its way to the table. Yes, we’re talking about wine. Wine is the center of happiness. It relaxes our mind and brings smiles to faces. Beyond the mental happiness, drinking alcohol can be good for your physical health when it comes to moderate wine consumption. We’ve all heard that a glass of wine here and there is good for you, but how exactly does it contribute to your health? The ways seem almost endless. New studies appear to be constantly backing up the health...

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Illustration By Mara Kiggins While most wine and cheese pairings are going to be pretty darn O.K., there’s a special kind of magic when the flavors and textures of your wine and cheese are well matched. And who better to match them than someone who made one of them? So, we asked 10 winemakers their favorite cheese pairings for their wine. If you need us, we’ll just be over here with our mouths watering. “I love our off-dry Meandering with West Country Farmhouse Cheddar.  The nutty component complements the cheese, the acidity cuts through the creaminess.” – Jared Brandt, Owner and Winemaker, Donkey & Goat, Berkeley, CA “Our 2015...

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 Photo Credit: Klaus Vedfelt / Getty Images Let's hope that your wine never tastes like cocktail sauce, that zippy red stuff that comes with shrimp appetizers and raw oysters on the half shell. But let’s also use those two words — cocktail and sauce — individually and completely unrelated to the zippy red sauce, to get to the bottom of when and how the wine you drink can reach its full potential. Is your wine at its best as a “cocktail” or a “sauce”? Sometime in the 1980s, wine started wedging its way into the consciousness of American nightlife revelers....

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What's the real difference between dark, milk and white chocolate? Is "bean to bar" legit or just an excuse to charge more? Let an expert guide you through the world of craft chocolate and how to pair it.

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