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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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The differences between red and white wines go far beyond just the choice of grapes and the color. Here are several fascinating facts about the real differences between red and white wines. Made with Different Grapes Fundamentally speaking, red wines are made with red grapes (Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.) and white wines are made with white grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, etc). What’s interesting, though, is that nearly all wines we find in the marketplace were originally made from one species of grape called Vitis vinifera. Ampelographers believe that the first Vitis vinifera grapes were black grapes (e.g. red wine grapes) and that a natural mutation...

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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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For many of us, the second a wine list is placed in our hands at a restaurant, we begin to panic. Ordering wine at a restaurant piles on the pressure. Will everyone at the table like our selection? How does retail pricing measure up to restaurant fees? Can the somm tell I don’t really know how to pronounce Gewürtztraminer? It doesn’t have to be this way. With a few insider tips from the sommelier’s side of the coin, you’ll be ready to tackle the wine list like a pro. While it may feel like the server is silently mandating you to order wine immediately upon sitting down,...

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