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Red Wine Types and More: The Basics of Red Wines

From the eclectic green pastures of France to the golden hills of Northern California, a diverse range of red wine types – from light to bold – make their way to tables across the world from a wide mix of growing regions. Red wines can vary widely in taste, body,…

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Easy Caprese Pasta Salad

Searching for an easy weeknight meal that is equal parts healthy, delicious and time effective? Then this easy caprese pasta salad will absolutely blow your mind! As much as I would love to whip up a multi-dish meal every night, some days just get the best of you and it’s either…

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What Does California’s Extreme Season of Snow and Rain Mean for the 2017 Vintage?

California has ached for water for six years. With a “La Niña” (a Pacific Ocean-generated weather pattern that prevents precipitation from dropping on California) forecast for the start of 2017, farmers braced for another round of “same song, seventh verse” of dryness. Surprisingly, it has turned out to be an…

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The Best Wine and Steak Pairings

What’s the best wine with steak? For most, eating steak means eating well. First, steak is pricey, so there’s been a splurge. Second, steak is full of nutrients – protein, iron, phosphorous, zinc and five B-complex vitamins, so bodies actually benefit from the financial indulgence. Just like with wine, there…

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Movie Night In

Written by Kristin Mansky of Modish & Main Rather than venturing out to the movies and spending a mini fortune, opt for hosting a movie night IN with your family or friends and serve up a sophisticated take on some classic recipes.  I relish the opportunity to stay home, throw on…

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Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2015 DenHoed Vineyards Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $11

Best Buy! Mike Conway and daughter Natalie shine with aromatic whites, but this marks just their sixth vintage of producing Pinot Gris. Their latest effort may be perhaps their best with this Italian grape, and they present it with an orchard fruit style rather than a tropical style. It starts…

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Winter Wines

Toss “winter wines” into a web search engine, and you’ll mostly turn up suggestions for hearty reds showcased around the idea of “hunkering down” and staying warm at home. That sounds cozy on cold days, and moreover, it makes sense. It’s comforting to eat more red meat and tummy-filling carbohydrates…

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Abacela 2014 Barrel Select Estate Garnacha, Umpqua Valley, $29

In recent years, Andrew Wenzl’s work with Grenache has earned considerable praise — whether it be his stunning rosé or the Barrel Select program. The transition from vineyard to cellar in 2014 began Oct. 7 at the ripeness level of 25 Brix, which seems to be customary for standalone bottlings…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17

The breadbasket that is the Wahluke Slope creates the platform for this rather stylish Merlot from Milbrandt, which gets some flesh from Syrah (18%) and added bones from Petit Verdot (5%). There’s toastiness to the aromas, joined by milk chocolate, raspberry and chokecherry. Its flavors are smooth with a long…

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Festive Valentine's Day Balloon DIY

Hey, hey, my little lovebird! Are you ready to get your Valentine’s Day spirit on? Whether you are celebrating with a significant other or having the gals over for a little Galentine’s Day, this festive Valentine’s Day balloon DIY is a must! Lauren here from thoughtful living & entertaining site,…

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