Thanksgiving Wines

Hello Everybody! Tis’ the season to eat and eat and eat and eat…, and the first major holiday up is Thanksgiving! What I love about Thanksgiving is the array of different foods on the table from savory to sweet, and even more so are all the new and different takes on old classics. The big conundrum is pairing wine with

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Wine Review: 2006 Riserva, Nusserhof, Sudtirol, Lagrein

The Modern Somm’s Wine Review 2006 Riserva, Nusserhof, Heinrich Mayr, Sudtirol Lagrein Alto Adige, Italy Price: $31.99 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars   A brief non-snobby history of Lagrein For those unfamiliar with “Lagrein”(pronounced “La-Grain”) as I’m sure the average wine drinker in North America may be, it’s a grape grown in one region: Trentino-Alto Adige, which is located

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2010 Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Review

The Modern Somm’s Wine Review 2010 Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Price $29.99 The Modern Somm’s Rating: 4 out 5 Stars My Thoughts Great bang for the buck. While not a cheap wine, it’s got all the thrills and chills of a $100 Napa Cab. Great for an easy drink or with your big fatty grilled meats! Only reason

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Pairing Wine with Spicy Food

Spicy food can spell disaster for some wines. In general, alcohol enhances the heat from spicy foods, so it’s very important to properly pair wine with spicy food. What helps either diminish or compliment spiciness? 1) Fruitiness 2) Sweetness 3) Acidity What can make spicy food spicier? Tannins. 99% of the time you only have to worry about tannins in

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Christmas Wine Selections

I was writing an entire three part article on wines for Christmas and pairing wine with Christmas dinner, but I thought to myself; who wants to take the time to read all that right now? I want to make this super fast and super simple!  I do a little bit of explaining on each Christmas wine pairing, but if you’d

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