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Dinner for two: How to wine and dine your Valentine while staying home

If you haven’t made a reservation yet for Valentine’s Day, we have good news and bad news.

Let’s start with the bad. You probably won’t get in to the restaurant you were ready to splurge at. You waited too long. Most joints will only have walk-in availability left, leaving you and your date on a 45-minute wait.  The good news? There are better options than celebrating your love dining next to a hoard of strangers with a limited menu.
In Wine, Valentine's Day, Food Recipes, Date Idea, Recipes

Wine awakening: A drinker’s guide to decanting and aerating

In the world of wine connoisseurs and casual sippers, the great decant debate is ever-reoccurring.

The question of whether to decant, aerate or pour directly from bottle to glass has been a topic of contention among wine drinkers. Both essentially serve the same purpose, which is to expand the surface area of the wine, allowing more oxygen to interact with the liquid.  This softens the harsh tannins and opens up the aromatic profile of the wine.  The question really is when to use which method, and for what wines?  

In Wine, Wine 101, Decanting, Wine Expert, Wine Tips

Tips for reading wine labels: French wines

Wine labels are supposed to paint a clear picture of what to expect from a particular bottle of wine.  Generally, a wine label has two parts worth special attention. The first is, required legal information that varies depending on the country where the wine is produced. Even different appellations within the same country have various regulations to abide by. The second being artistic renderings of text and graphics.

In Wine, French Wines, Wine Labels