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  • 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.

     
  • Wine on tap a trend worth trying Oct 23, 2012 1:04 PM
    West Coast wineries including Au Bon Climat and SilverTap began offering kegged wine to area restaurants in 2010. At Washington State’s Milbrandt Vineyards, Butch Milbrandt sees wine kegs winning favor at upscale restaurants and wine bars across the country.

     
  • Get to know your wine retailer before the holiday crush Oct 9, 2012 12:13 PM
    The wine industry is gearing up for its busy season — more than a third of annual sales come in the year's final months, with discounts, special events and exclusive products galore for those ready to take advantage of them. So, if you want the most out of your holiday wine enjoyment, now is the time to get to know a wine retailer. Heed Advanced Sommelier Mary Ross' advice for breaking the ice and navigating the season's numerous walk-around tastings.

     
  • Good wine: Historic vineyard bottles Sonoma’s essence Sep 12, 2012 8:00 AM
    Like many small businesses in America, Sebastiani Vineyards has weathered storms of growth and decline, re-concepting and restructuring, family dispute, sale, resale and re-re-sale. Now, this historic property has embarked on a course of high quality and good value never envisioned by its founder more than a century ago.

     
  • Mary Ross’ tips for cooking with wine Aug 27, 2012 3:15 PM
    When it comes to cooking with wine, many recipes need translation. A standard glitch is the recommendation of "Burgundy" for cooking. Is the chef using French Burgundy, whose vineyards have been heralded by emperors and poets, with bottles priced at $20 and up (way up)? Still, a splash of wine is the easiest way to add flavor, flare and even health benefits to your homiest family meals.

     
  • Good wine: Many grapes cling to Pinot family vine Aug 15, 2012 2:04 PM
    As a wine merchant, I was always tickled when customers asked me for a "Pinot." That's like walking into an Irish tavern and asking for Murphy. You may get something you don't expect. In fact, Pinot is the oldest family of grapes, and the largest.

     
  • Good wine: Getting to know riesling — a delicious undertaking Jul 31, 2012 1:00 PM
    A lot of fun with wine involves mix-and-matching wine with food. Recently, I made a great match of Indonesian-style beef curry with a spicy, red — a Cabernet Franc. Then I paired the curry with riesling and it was also delicious. It got me reminiscing about my most delicious wine and food combinations and why Germany's star grape pairs so well with food.

     
  • Good wine: Father of Washington State wine honored with premium label Jul 11, 2012 1:00 AM
    In 1937, Walter Clore arrived in Prosser, Wash. and began to change his corner of the world. The 26-year-old horticulturalist had been dispatched to the new Irrigation Branch Experiment Station to identify eastern Washington's most advantageous crops. Fruits for jelly and vegetables were the focus. Clore decided to also plant seven Vitis vinifera, i.e. wine grape vines.

     
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