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Ask a seasoned, Passover-celebrating wine drinker what kosher wines they recommend. Expect an ironic laugh and a “life’s too short to drink kosher wines” response. In fact, the kosher wine category has improved dramatically since Manischewitz became the Passover table cliche. A major contributor to kosher wine’s bad reputation is boiling, so it can be mevushal (‘cooked’), and thus handled by non-Sabbath-observing Jews while remaining kosher; not surprisingly, boiling wine, as with boiling anything, kills the complex flavors. Innovations in technology over the last decade have helped. A new process called flash détente quickly heats and cools grapes after they’re...

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If you’ve ever taken a drive through California’s picturesque vineyards and pastoral farms, you know it’s impossible to imagine the Golden State without them. But California wouldn’t have become a dream destination for foodies and oenophiles without research from the University of California. Today, California rivals France, Italy and Spain as a global wine producer, contributing billions of dollars each year to the economy. California also produces a majority of the nation’s fruits, vegetables and nuts, and a large portion of its livestock and dairy, with yearly production valued at $45 billion. That wasn’t always the case. In 1860, New...

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Photo by Pixdeluxe A BRIEF history of my wine world introduces us. When I was young there were only two types of wine; red and white. Then around 1980 I discovered chablis, a premier cru French chardonnay, and I suddenly understood a little about what the fuss of wine was all about and why wine was prized and aged wines so venerated. Many people in their early years find a sweet style wine more approachable as an introduction to wine, but in the end, it is the slightly aged dry white and long aged reds which really deliver the pleasures...

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