Category Archives: Côtes du Rhône Wines

Cooking with wine means you have to put some in your food too

We’ve been doing a lot of wine tastings lately, and people have asked questions about cooking with wine.   Since many of us will be cooking a lot over the next month, I thought I’d share some of the discussions I’ve … Continue reading

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This Cinco de Mayo, don’t forget the wine

You know I’m tireless in trying to find more ways to talk about wine.  And with Cinco de Mayo coming up, I figured it was a good time to dispel the myth that wine and Mexican food don’t go together. … Continue reading

Posted in Cave la Vinsobraise, Côtes du Rhône Wines, Chiles and wine, Cinco de Mayo, Mexican food, Musings/Lectures/Rants, Pairing wine with Mexican food, Tom Natan, Uncategorized, wine delivery washington dc | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Odd Booze News & Fun Facts Roundup

Because we’re in the alcohol business, people are always sending us links to relevant articles of interest.  Some of these have to do with the alcohol industry , but a good many are  amusing, bizarre and/or useless bits of trivia.  … Continue reading

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Last days of Summer Farmer’s Markets Round Up

Hope you don’t get too depressed about this being the last week or two for peaches this season.  Fear not, we’re coming into what is probably my favorite season at the farmers’ markets: Early fall.  Our friends at Bloomingdale Market … Continue reading

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Pink is the new wine

Every time we do a wine tasting I’m amazed how many people don’t want to try rosés.  No one has yet run away screaming, but the wrinkling of noses and furrowing of brows is unmistakable, even when they’re politely saying … Continue reading

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Wine — Do You Grow into It?

The Gallup organization released the results of its annual survey on alcohol consumption earlier this week.  More of you drank this year than last year – the percentage of adults who consume alcohol rose from 64 to 67 percent.  This … Continue reading

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Eye Contact: The Art of Wine Labels

Back labels on wine bottles are mostly about required information, but front labels are mostly about branding and design.  Sometimes they’re works of art.  And sometimes they’re a lot more memorable than the wines inside the bottles, but that’s another story… … Continue reading

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Good Cheap Wine!

French wine has an exalted reputation in the U.S. — so exalted, in fact, that some people think they can only afford French wines for special occasions.  Or that the wines are so snobby and intimidating that people don’t want to buy them.  Some … Continue reading

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Détente for red wines, or a cooling-off period

We’ve had temperatures in the 80s in DC and people are acting all summer-y.  Of course the 90+ degree temperatures (and humidity and mosquitoes) aren’t here yet, but it got us thinking about wine and summer.  Especially red wine and … Continue reading

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Magic in a bottle — without the genie

If you consulted a bunch of wine experts about the very best land for growing grapes, you’d get pretty much the same answer from them.  Steep slopes and poor soil – the best combination for growing wine grapes.  This is … Continue reading

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