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  • Rediscovering Chardonnay Sep 20, 2011 4:00 PM
    Chardonnay is the grape Americans love to hate. It's our top-selling wine, but the only wine with its own protest group – the ABC Club (that's Anything But Chardonnay). Ironically, our conflicted feelings are caused by Chardonnay's inherent neutrality.

  • Sauvignon Blanc gains ground Aug 30, 2011 3:00 PM
    Sauvignon Blanc sales are up nearly 10 percent this year, closing the lead long-held by Chardonnay. Food-friendliness is a major factor in Sauvignon Blanc's success. America's most-popular international cuisines — Mexican and Greek among them, are especially suited to Sauvignon Blanc's herbal accents and citrusy acidity.

  • The future of Navarran wines Aug 23, 2011 12:56 AM
    good wine and choice

  • Enjoy a Navarran vineyard picnic Aug 4, 2011 2:22 PM
    When you want to give your standard picnic a new flavor, take a tip from the world’s winegrowers. Grape farmers have served delicious outdoor meals for millennia, first to feed hungry vineyard workers.

  • French wines now more affordable Jul 20, 2011 9:57 AM
    The bottom has fallen out of France's domestic wine consumption, down to one glass per person per day. Sacre bleu! Their loss is our gain.

  • Learn what’s in a good Port Jun 14, 2011 2:50 PM
    Port is one the most highly-valued liquids on earth, but even the best Port customers may be hard-pressed to name the grapes in their favorite quaff. A handful of Portuguese winemakers plan to change all that.

  • Portugal's wines worth knowing Jun 1, 2011 5:59 AM
    When my esteemed editor forwarded information, (courtesy of the U.S. Commerce Department) that Portugal is now our country's ninth top importer of wine, I was confused. Ninth is a long way from leaders France, Italy and Australia, but that's a lot of wine for a country the size of Indiana.

  • Sturdy shoes essential to wine tour success May 19, 2011 2:03 PM
    You've bought your plane tickets, updated your passport and drawn red circles all over your wine country map. Yet if you think planning for your wine country vacation is complete, think again.

  • Wine country getaway May 3, 2011 2:51 PM
    You taste wine, talk about wine, read about it, maybe even dream about it. Now, you need to visit wine country. There’s nothing like breathing in a winery’s intoxicating aromas of earth, diesel, steel and fruit to understand wine’s unique partnership of Man and land.

  • Languedoc begins the century on a high note Apr 20, 2011 12:00 AM
    Like the “Good Food” sign over a favorite neighborhood eatery, there could be a sign over Languedoc reading “Good Wine”. Languedoc (LANG-gweh-DOC) spans France's south shore from the Pyrenees Mountains to the city of Nimes (birthplace of the fabric serge de Nimes, today's denim.)

  • Tasting the heart of Italy’s heartland Apr 5, 2011 3:09 PM
    Umbria is landlocked in Italy’s center and, like our Midwest, it’s the country’s agricultural heartland. But instead of raising grain, farm animals and corn like we do, Umbrians raise grain, farm animals and grapes: grapes you know, like Sangiovese; grapes you’ve never heard of, like Grechetto; and grapes even I’ve never heard of, like Sagrantino.

  • Ross’ choice Apr 6, 2011 9:49 AM
    wine of hte week

  • Tea not the only beverage for afternoon tea Mar 22, 2011 3:30 PM
    When you have more time than a quick cup of Joe but don’t want the hustle-bustle of a full meal, try afternoon tea. With “the comfort of solitude and the pleasure of company” (per an anonymous tea-lover), afternoon tea is a restorative interlude to spend solo or with family and friends.

  • Don’t wait til summer to pull out the whites Feb 23, 2011 11:38 AM
    In the warm breeze of summer, we want brisk white wines with no more weight than a cotton blouse – like Pinot Grigio – to refresh salads, light seafood and alfresco evenings.

  • Bubblies to love the last days of a long winter Feb 9, 2011 9:53 AM
    I spent so much time drinking Champagne and sparkling wine this past holiday season, I didn't have a chance to write about it. Here are some favorites, along with culinary discoveries to inspire the last days of winter:

  • Pinot still peaking after all these years Jan 11, 2011 10:59 AM
    It's no surprise that Hollywood would try and try again to cash in on wine's romance, especially with vineyards ripening just outside the studio lot. But what has surprised and delighted worldwide oenophiles since 2004 is how wine capitalized, and is still capitalizing, on Hollywood since the 2004 release of “Sideways.”

  • Wine rescues impromptu menu Dec 21, 2010 12:12 PM
    You may run out of time to prepare a last-minute meal at home, but you needn't run out of options. With a sprinkle here and a drizzle there, your grocery's prepared foods can morph into a delicious and fun dinner, especially when enhanced by wine. Start with an antipasto courtesy of the deli and produce departments.

  • Get connected with your inner wine geek Dec 7, 2010 10:41 AM
    When friends introduce you as a “wine expert,” do you smile demurely, but agree? Do you have several bottles open and resealed in the ‘fridge? Do you always get your recommended daily dose of wine? If ‘Yes!” you may be among the proud ranks of wine geeks.

  • A holiday shopping list of wines perfect for entertaining Nov 16, 2010 12:19 PM
    As you head out the door for holiday shopping, whether to buy gifts or for provisions for merry entertaining, bring this list along to prepare for your season full of wine enjoyment.

  • Youthful New Zealand wines poised for growth Nov 2, 2010 1:41 PM
    As New Zealand wines stampede into the suburbs and Chicago, you may think that our “Good Wine” column has given short shrift to Kiwi country. Not so, dear reader.First, we had to cover 2,000 years of Old World winegrowing in nations such as Italy and Germany; next two centuries in the New World's U.S., Chile and Australia.

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