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If you're holding a Memorial Day cookout this weekend, consider making Napa Valley's Purple Heart red wine the guest of honor. It's not only good, it serves a worthy cause. The Bordeaux-style blend recognizes the sacrifice and service of U.S. military members and promotes the Purple Heart Foundation, a nonprofit which provides assistance to veterans and their families.   Read More >>
 
NEW YORK -- Summer's on its way and that means grilling for many people, so why not try smoking? Steven Raichlen, who wrote "The Barbecue! Bible," has followed with "Project Smoke," also the name of a PBS series he hosts that will launch its second season over Memorial Day weekend.   Read More >>
 
Looking for a summer bargain? How about starting with a 12-bottle case of Chilean wine -- six reds, six whites -- for $96? If you act fast, there's a good deal in Santa Rita Estate's "SR" (Secret Reserve) red and white blends, which cost $8 a bottle.   Read More >>
 
Are you a pushover for wine labels featuring animal art? I am -- especially when loyal dogs and graceful horses are pictured. I don't go much for bear, cat, fish, cow, bull and bird labels. Recently, however, I bought a Tuscan rosé with a Rhinocerous on the bottle.   Read More >>
 
Saturday, May 7, is the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, the 1 1/4-mile race that tests the speed and stamina of the world's best 3-year-old thoroughbreds. This weekend, some wine stores will be holding Run for the Rosés events -- a takeoff on the blanket of roses presented to the winning horse.   Read More >>
 
There's Chardonnay and then there's Chablis, a dry white wine and also the name of the Bourgogne's northernmost district from which it comes. Chablis is a wine that easily accentuates a sense of place (terroir).   Read More >>
 
The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is 16 days away, and I'm excited. That's because I already have a winner -- not the winning horse -- but the winning wine. Once again, I'll be drinking 14 Hands Winery's Limited Release Kentucky Derby Red Blend with grapes sourced from Washington State's Columbia Valley.   Read More >>
 
It's an exciting time of year for wine lovers. New releases are hitting the store shelves, especially cool spring and summer whites and pink rosés. I think it's going to be a big year for rosé, as more U.S. winemakers are jumping on the bandwagon. A dry rosé is among my favorite patio sippers, plus it also goes well with all kinds of food.   Read More >>
 
Someone asked me the other day if I remembered what I had received for Christmas gifts. I thought hard for a moment and said I couldn't recall exactly. Was this a dementia test, I asked? No, said the friend, explaining that life seems to be a blur these days -- everything's going by so fast.   Read More >>
 
If you're looking for Easter wine selections, here are 19 to consider from my team of local experts. Buy local and enjoy!   Read More >>
 
 

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