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Pairing Food and Wine

Food and wine. They should bring out the best in one another, and often times they do, but knowing which wines work out best with which foods and why is a key component to setting  a pattern of successful pairings? Take your food and wine pairing to a new level with these quick tips that account for sauces, textures, and innate flavor profiles. 

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Wine of the Week: Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava (Spain) $12

Wednesday April 23, 2014

One of the best-selling Cavas on the market, Freixenet's Cordon Negro Brut offers up exceptional citrus and toasted almond notes on the nose.

Built on the region's three dominant Cava grapes: Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada, this medium-bodied sparkling wine carries a fresh factor, lively acidity, and unmistakable balance on the palate.

Pair with Paella, shellfish, fresh fish and all sorts of poultry and pork picks!

Best Bets for Cava Wine

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Cava Caves

Cava is Spain's delicious (and affordable) answer to the bubbly sparkling wine scene. Utilizing the same method for making sparkling wine as Champagne, Cava relies heavily on three local grapes and comes from Spain's Penedes region, which lies just west of Barcelona.

Typically dry and crisp with abundant acidity, apple and citrus-driven fruit and depending on the aging a touch of creamy, yeast-filled character, Cava comes in a variety of styles with the most common being brut and extra brut, though semi-dry and sweeter renditions are hitting the market at high speeds.

Whether you are looking for classic Cava made from Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo or rosť renditions, often based on Pinot Noir, the Cava options edge towards endless. So to narrow the field, we've rounded up some tried and true Cavas with an eye towards availability and affordability to help you get your Cava kicking. Check out our Best Bets for Cava Wine here.

Wine of the Week: Round Pond Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (CA) $24

Thursday April 17, 2014

Ultra fresh and lively, the 2013 Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc brings extroverted aromatics and remarkable layers to the table. The nose rotates through an impressive array of fruit with lemon-lime and grapefruit citrus dominating the conversation and peach with a dash of dried mango and lemongrass whispering in the background.

On the palate, expect fresh fruit flavors with zesty citrus-infusion, incredible acidity and a squeeze of herbal undertones on the crisp finish. This Sauvignon Blanc is made for assorted grilled veggies, recipes calling for fresh herbs, salads with goat cheese, and a slew of grilled seafood.

Five Kosher Wines to Try

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Kosher wines have had an uphill battle in overcoming their "sticky sweet" wine image. †Fortunately, many of today's kosher wine producers are focusing first on making good wine placing priority on the ground, grapes, and production methods with kosher compliance taking a secondary seat to quality and consistency.

From California to Argentina, and France to Italy, Israel and beyond, kosher wines are popping up all over established international wine regions, eager to offer consumers credible wines with a kosher label. Check out Five Kosher Wines to Try for this Passover.

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