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  • Good wine: What wine to pair with 'the other white meat' Sep 19, 2013 6:29 AM
    Pork currently takes pride of place in many meals, with the versatility to serve as an elegant appetizer or finger-licking tailgate food, on the finest porcelain or out of a cardboard box. Whether your pork dish involves the flavors of home or a culinary excursion, here are three basic pork preparations, with delicious wines complements.

  • Sebastiani offspring not content to live off family name Sep 4, 2013 6:00 AM
    You might think that if your family name was carved above the local theater, bus depot and other public places in a tony northern California town, as well as emblazoned upon many million cases of wine, you’d take it easy and live off the fat of the land. That's not the case for Don Sebastiani Jr. who, after budget meetings spent his free evening with Mary Ross discussing the next phase of his family’s 100-year wine-growing heritage.

  • Good Wine: What to drink with your favorite take out Aug 7, 2013 2:18 PM
    You don't have to cook, clean or even stomp on grapes to have a delicious dinner when you tap into your neighborhood takeout scene. Because takeout is often a quick fix for dinner plans gone AWOL keep a few all-purpose wines at home, especially: light-to-medium bodied red, off-dry white, Sauvignon Blanc and Rose.

  • Good wine: Salad and wine can be a perfect pairing Jul 24, 2013 6:00 AM
    With our new generation of salads and salad-lovers, wine can be a delicious “do,” says Good Wine writer Mary Ross. Look for low-alcohol wines and wines from cool regions. Also, the adage “white wine with fish, red wine with meat” holds true on the salad plate she says.

  • Good wine: Greek wines holding their own Jul 17, 2013 10:15 AM
    The wines of Greece suffer from an uncomplimentary association with one overexposed style — Roditis, a light, drinkable (at best) Rose served in countless carafes at Greek restaurants throughout America. Just as there are majestic Shiraz, elegant Riesling and evocative Chardonnay the fine wines of Greece represent intriguing, refreshing and eternally modern flavors from one of the planet’s most historic wine regions.

  • Good wine: German wine tour leads to dry Riesling Jun 24, 2013 12:01 AM
    Mary Ross used to think she knew all there was to know about German wine. Riesling. It took a recent trip to Germany to open her eyes to the dynamic ideas shaping the wine industry in this Old World land and to dry, or trochen, Riesling.

  • National dining trends reveal alcohol industry needs hasty makeover Jun 12, 2013 2:50 PM
    Mary Ross was among those who converged on the 94th annual National Restaurant Show in Chicago last month. She brings us a report on what wine trends hospitality experts expect we'll see in the near future.

  • Good wine: Don’t discount reds when dining al fresco May 23, 2013 11:53 AM
    Pinot Grigio is the perfect beginning to all warm weather gatherings. Currently America's second most popular white grape, Italian-grown Pinot Grigio is a light, dry-ish complement to light dishes and finger foods. Red wine lovers may take a cue from European counterparts by opting for lower-tannin/alcohol wines that pair with the widest range of dishes and accept the refreshing chill of a few minutes in the ice chest or lake.

  • Exploring Spain's Toro region May 9, 2013 2:31 PM
    Spain's Toro region, for instance, banks its wine industry on one grape, called Tempranillo in the rest of the world, but here named Tinta da Toro. Toro is a farmer's heartbreak. Located in the remote northwestern tip of the Meseta Central, at an elevation averaging 2,500 feet, the sandy soil bakes in blazing sunlight, with Chicago-like climate swings.

  • Move over Chardonnay, make way for alt whites this spring Apr 26, 2013 6:23 AM
    Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc account for the lion's share of American white wine drinking. But wine lovers who venture past the wide retail aisles and dog-eared wine listss may discover a tiny bin or pristine page alternatively called "Alternative," "Unique," or "Interesting Whites." Mary Ross shares her favorites in the alt category.

  • Pinot Grigio enjoying its moment in the spotlight Mar 29, 2013 7:30 AM
    According to Nielsen data, Pinot Grigio has toppled Sauvignon Blanc in retail sales, snatching the title of America's third most popular grape (after Chardonnay and Cabernet). The feat is remarkable, especially from a grape that as recently as 1980, few wine drinkers in the U.S. — or anywhere else for that matter — had even heard of.

  • Good wine: Spanish wine washes away winter blues Mar 13, 2013 1:00 AM
    If your menus have the late winter doldrums, wine can give them a fun and easy pick-me-up — after all, wine didn't get to be one of the planet's longest-enjoyed beverages by being boring and difficult. A well-chosen wine, a few new ingredients and a name change will transform your everyday recipes into an international culinary adventure.

  • Mary Ross explores Pinots from Oregon’s Willamette Valley Feb 27, 2013 6:42 AM
    Mary Ross talks about Oregon’s Willamette Valley, once a pristine agricultural enclave recognized for dahlia, grass and berry farms. Nowadays, the Willamette is a pristine agricultural enclave recognized as a world-class wine growing region and engine of American economy. The vintners not only cope with a mercurial climate, they crow. “That is why we came here. You can only make great Pinot Noir in a marginal climate. Vintage variation is a part of the reality.”

  • Beaujoulais right for Chinese takeout Feb 5, 2013 10:40 AM
    If you're looking for a wine that will pair with Chinese takeout like crispy fried egg rolls, silken stir-fried pea pods, salty soy, sweet and spicy hoisin, sweet and sour pork and Mongolian beef, look no further than Beaujolais.

  • Getting comfy with the right glass of wine Jan 22, 2013 11:00 AM
    If your idea of comfort is a big, bear hug of wine, look for a high alcohol wine (14 percent and above), such as Zinfandel, Syrah or Chardonnay from warm weather regions including California, Washington and Australia. To while away hours of effortless drinking enjoyment, look for low alcohol wine (12 percent and below), such as Riesling, Pinot Noir or Beaujolais from cool climate Oregon or France.

  • Wines to watch in 2013 Jan 9, 2013 2:12 PM
    Want a good value wine? Look to the imports, says Good Wine columnist Mary Ross. Ross outlines prices and other trends she sees for the wine world in 2013.

  • How to find the right champagne for you Dec 24, 2012 6:13 AM
    Before shopping for a New Year's Eve sparkling wine, ask yourself, “What do I want from my bubbly besides bubbles?” Whether dry or sweet; red, white or pink; imported or American made, elegantly austere or a fizzy mouthful of fun, the large sparkling wine category includes styles for every palate and pocketbook. The extra-value leader is cava, Spain's sparkling wine. With well-made, refreshing wines priced at less than $10, cava can be the beginning of punches, sparkling wine cocktails and mass consumption.

  • Good wine: Wine traditions then and now Dec 13, 2012 10:45 AM
    Not all that long ago, a drink of water came from the tap and milk was delivered to the front door. It's not surprising, then, that wine — our third oldest beverage — has seen some changes over the years. Mary Ross takes a closer look at the evolution of wine in our society.

  • Pinot Noir a good choice for Thanksgiving feast Nov 20, 2012 5:00 AM
    Pick Pinot Noir for Thanksgiving. This medium-bodied, silky red offers just enough tannin to take a bite out of rich poultry, just enough fruit to complement both fruity and spicy condiments, and just enough acid to cleanse the palate of oily richness.

  • Exploring Chile’s modern vineyards Nov 6, 2012 3:46 PM
    Chile's winegrowing topography mirrors California's, only longer, higher and upside-down. California's coastline stretches for 840 miles; Chile's is nearly 3,000. California boasts the highest vineyards at 2,000 feet; Chilean vineyards rise to 3,000 feet. Chile's vineyards reach south to Malleco Valley (38-degrees latitude) toward the frigid Antarctic.

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