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Jul 07 2014 | 6:10 pm - Wine is just a click away, as wineries, auction houses and e-tailers grab for America’s enthusiasm for shopping online. Illinois's unique liquor regulations support spirited trade with discounts for quantity purchase, in-store tastings and...
Jun 10 2014 | 12:09 pm - In the springtime, new wine begins its trek from vat and barrel, all the way to your wineglass, stadium mug or stew pot. But in between the bottling line and your table, it is poured in dizzying variety and quantity onto the eager palates of...
May 06 2014 | 1:03 pm - Haven't heard of Cabernet Franc? You're not alone. Even The Oxford Companion to Winegot it wrong when it wrote “It seems likely that Cabernet Franc is a mutation of the other Cabernet,” with no need of defining “other” as...
Apr 12 2014 | 11:59 am - There’s good reason for Vinho Verde’s popularity. The wines are light, bright and crystal clean. They are easy on the pocketbook, retailing from less than $10 to about $20. They are easy to enjoy too, whether from a wineglass or in a...
Mar 26 2014 | 7:45 am - And on a particular day in February, outside was cold as the surface of Mars, but inside all was well, because Mary Ross was drinking Burgundy. Burgundy lies in west-central France. The entire region stretches south of Paris to Lyons, but its heart...
Feb 03 2014 | 9:36 am - There’s no need to unpack your crystal decanters to put leftover holiday wine to good use. Wine has been cooked into, spooned over and blended with other food items for millennia and will morph the simplest recipe into a satisfying mealtime...
Jan 02 2014 | 9:23 am - When Champagne was new in the late 1700s, it was expensive, rare and even a little dangerous — with a probability of insubstantial bottles exploding at the cost of life and limb — a combined appeal that catapulted it into the position of...
Dec 13 2013 | 12:12 pm - With the holidays upon us, Good Wine columnist Mary Ross offers tips for navigating wine stores. Whether you're looking for a bottle for your boss, or a selection for a holiday party, Mary tells you where to go and how to approach a wine retailer.
Nov 19 2013 | 10:31 am - Today, Clos du Val Cabernet receives 90-point ratings, along with “best value” plaudits for an under-$40 shelf price. If you want a wine for your Thanksgiving feast, pick up a bottle of the Napa winery's Pinot Noir.
Nov 05 2013 | 9:43 am - In the 1970s wine in America was all about varietals. Now winemakers are finding blends can be adjusted for consistency and adjusted to satisfy current tastes. Today, red blends are wine's sales engines, with a nearly 100 percent growth from 2012 to...