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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen

Rolling in Rueda: White Wines for the Summer
Why We Love Wines of Rueda, Spain

In Rueda, in Spain’s Castilla y Leon region, northwest of Madrid, you'll find fresh, crisp white wines, perfect on hot summer days. Relatively ignored until now, these wines are finally getting their day in th sun. 


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Drink Pink: Best Vino Rosado
Rose is the New Red: Best Pink Wines for Summer

Haven't you head: rosé is the new red! When the weather warms up and we begin cooking and eating outdoors, we know it is time to start opening the vino rosado, rosé wine. Rosé can run the entire spectrum of pink from pale blush to deep cerise (in general, darker colored wines will be more full-bodied than lighter versions), is extremely versatile, and pairs great with seasonal dishes. So here’s what we will be sharing with our friends this summer:

From Chile


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Goal Scoring Wines for World Cup Parties
Winning Wines for World Cup Parties

The 2014 FIFA Brazil World Cup is on! And no doubt, you'll be hosting many a celebration that calls for good food and good wine. To honor this year's host country, here's a round up of the bes Brazilian and Portuguese wines you can bring to the table. 


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Bottle It Up: Wine Gifts for Father’s Day
10 Wines Perfect for Tu Padre

Father’s Day is a great time to buy a bottle of wine for your father (or any of your friends and family members who are also fathers). The only problem with buying wine as a gift is that it is either gone shortly after it’s opened or it gets put away, to be enjoyed in the future. Either way, something is lost in the sense of gratification for the gift-giver. The best way around both of these situations is to buy two bottles this Father's Day: one to drink now and one to be aged and opened later.


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South America Wineries Worth Visiting
Winos Unite: The Ultimate Guide to Latin American Vineyards

Almost every wine lover has made the pilgrimage to Napa and Sonoma, Burgundy, or even Tuscany, but there’s another hemisphere that’s waiting to be explored by oenophiles seeking a bit of adventure. There are amazing wineries in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, but we’d like to share some of our favorites in Latin America, especially those in Chile and Argentina. While we were researching our book Wines Of The Southern Hemisphere, we spent six months in these two countries alone, traveling north to south and east to west.


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Wines for Summer Grilling
Wines for Summer Grilling

Memorial Day kicks off the grilling season for many of us. So why not celebrate the beginning of summer with a little bit of Latin sabor on the grill and in your glass? Lighting the grill brings out the carnivore in many of


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Cheers to Mom: Mother's Day Wines
Cheers to Mom: Mother's Day Wines

It looks like spring has sprung and family and friends are finally beginning to venture out of doors. May is the time of year for baptisms, wedding showers, Communions, and of course, Mother’s Day. But this year don’t drag su mama, tia y abuela to an unimaginative brunch that serves all-you-can-drink Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. They’re usually made with low cost vodka and cheap sparkling wine that’s sure to give you a hangover. This year, why not surprise the important women in your life with a Mother’s Day brunch


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Cheers to California Wines: Spanish Reds
Cheers to California Wines: Spanish Reds

Although many people think of California as the home of buttery Chardonnay or high-octane Cabernet Sauvignon—or worse yet, White Zin—the number of grape varieties grown in the state is truly amazing. California’s first vineyard was planted by Spanish Jesuit missionaries near present-day San Francisco in 1683, and the state’s first successful vineyard was planted by Spanish priest Father Junipero Serra, known as “The Father of California Wine.” This vineyard was started in 1799, when the Province of California was part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. While the


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Wine for Easter and Passover
Wine for Easter and Passover

Easter is the celebration of new life and rebirth. This year its timing coincides with Passover, and each marks the first feast of spring after the cold days of winter. Many families today observe traditions from more than one religion. The wider your circle of friends is the higher the likelihood you may be invited to share in a meal that memorializes events from Biblical times. There are many examples of wine being enjoyed throughout the Old and New Testaments, and we honor that custom by making sure it is present on the holiday table.


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Spring into White Wines
Spring into White Wines

If you live anywhere in North America, you anxiously awaited the arrival of spring for what felt like more than a century. With unrelenting snowstorms and too many days of below freezing temperatures, we all grew a bit weary of Old Man Winter this year.  But cheer up, because as bad as it was the promise of spring is just around the corner.  Our neighborhood bodega has started selling spring flowers and the daffodils and crocus in the parks are pushing their way up toward the sky.


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