Sommeliers' Favorite Wines Under $20

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There are loads of delicious and affordable wines out there—if you know where to look. We asked our crew of sommeliers from around the country for their favorite bottles under $20. More

Ask a Sommelier: Are Wines By the Glass a Good Deal?

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We asked sommeliers from around the country for their advice: should you order wine by the glass? How are these wines selected and are they a good value or a bad deal? More

A Beginner's Guide to Spanish Wine

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Facing a new section of your local wine store can be daunting. Today, we'll help you get to know some major Spanish wine regions and grapes so you can confidently choose a few bottles to try. More

The Best Wines for Daytime Drinking

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We asked our crew of sommeliers for their favorite picnic wines and their top wine choices for day drinking. More

Ask a Sommelier: How to Pair Wine With Salads

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When it comes to wine pairing, salads can be tricky: a salad that's dressed with something tart can knock out the flavor of the wine you're trying to enjoy. We asked a few sommeliers from around the country for their tips on the best wines to serve with salads, and all the factors to consider when pairing. More

Ask a Sommelier: What Makes a Great Wine List?

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One of the most important tasks of a wine director is creating and managing a restaurant's wine list. But what sets apart a just-ok list from a great one? How does a wine director go about choosing wines and making a great list? We asked sommeliers from around the country for their thoughts. More

How to Stock Your Wine Cellar

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If you've really gotten into wine and you want to stash some away to drink at its peak in 5 or 10 or even 20 years, what sort of cellar space makes sense? What kinds of wine should you put in there? How many bottles of each? More

Ask a Sommelier: The Best Wine for Thai Food

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If spicy duck larb, papaya salad, pad thai, and green curry are all on the menu tonight, here are some recommended wine pairings from the pros. More

The Best Wines Under $20 According to Wine Bloggers

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12 top wine bloggers share their advice for finding the best wine on a budget. More

A Beginner's Guide to Italian Wine

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It's an old saying, but in Italy, what grows together truly goes together. If you love Italian food like I do—the pasta, the prosciutto, the olive oil—exploring Italian wine is a fun next step. Let's start by getting to know a few of the essential grapes. More

The Best and Worst Wines for a Potluck

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I once threw a potluck where five people brought green salad and two brought cookies. Period. Even with the revelers manage to cover the courses, the flavors are a trip around the world: Indian curry, Greek salad, Tex-Mex enchiladas, Swedish meatballs, Mama's Lasagna. The unifying theme, if any, is diversity. So what about that wine? What can you take to a potluck that'll taste good amid the noise of flavors, textures, and styles? More

Ask a Sommelier: Wine Shopping Advice

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This week, we asked our crew of sommeliers for their wine shopping tips. How do you spot a good retailer and what should we be looking for in a wine shop? What should you buy if you're looking to learn about wine? Are there specific brick-and-mortar shops, mailing lists, or online wine-selling sites we should be checking out? More

Get to Know 19 Winery Dogs and Cats

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If you're a dog or a cat, vineyards and wineries are generally good places to be. There are friendly folks stopping by the tasting room, and others wandering through the rows of vines. There are sticks to catch and sometimes tractors to race... More

Ask a Sommelier: Winemakers to Watch

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We asked 17 somms from around the country about the wineries they're most excited about right now—wineries to watch and new bottles to seek out, both in the US and internationally. More

Wallet-Friendly Wine: Martin Soler Rosé Brut Cava

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As much as we wish we could drink rosé Champagne all the time, that stuff can get pricey. Here's a bubbly pink option that's fun and straight-up delicious, and sells for about 16 bucks. More

Ask a Sommelier: Can You Pair Wine and Chocolate?

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Wine is romantic, and chocolate is romantic, but is it romantic to enjoy these two things together? Does wine go with chocolate? What kind of wine? We asked a few pros about the ins and outs of wine and chocolate pairing. More

A Beginner's Guide to French Wine

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The idea of tackling France—the accents and the growing regions and the different vintages—can feel like a vast, unmanageable task for anyone who wants to start learning about wine. But even the most seasoned wine professionals sometime mispronounce words, so you shouldn't worry. Today's guide will help you get a little more comfortable in the French section of your local wine shop. More

For Valentine's Day, Pour Wines from Winemaking Couples

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Would you start a business with your spouse? These five couples did, and not just any business—the business of making wine. It's one part agriculture, one part artistry, and two parts dogged determination, but for these winemakers, the rewards of keeping it all in the family far outweigh the stress. More

How to Stock Your Wine Fridge

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If your wine fridge is full of possibility (but no actual bottles), you've come to the right place. How should you go about stocking up? What questions should you ask yourself before you start? We'll address it all in this guide. More

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