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Win A Trip To New Orleans With Sandeman's Summer Sangria Challenge

Win A Trip To New Orleans With Sandeman's Summer Sangria Challenge May 9th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Port enthusiasts will be familiar with the Sandeman brand, but this summer, the distinguished producer wants you to think of their fortified wine in a new light: as a mixer. For their Sandeman Summer Sangria Challenge, participants must submit a photo and original sangria recipe that incorporates a bottle of Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto. Anything else goes ingredient-wise, but it's helpful...

Salt, wine, and wealth in Spain's Basque region

Salt, wine, and wealth in Spain's Basque region May 23rd, 2011 at 3:00PM: In the modern world we don't give much thought to salt. We casually pick some up in the supermarket or tear open a packet at a café, but in the past salt was a vital and sought-after commodity. Everyone needed it for preserving food and as a source for iodine. Nobody could live without it and those who controlled its supply became rich and powerful. The Basque region of Spain was a...

It's Rioja Restaurant Week in NYC and Chicago!

It's Rioja Restaurant Week in NYC and Chicago! Oct 19th, 2009 at 12:30PM: Last January, my husband and I took a trip to the Rioja region of Spain. We sampled Rioja wines and visited underground cellars by day, and hopped from bar to bar snacking on tapas and drinking Rioja wines by night. We found that there were several Rioja wines that we loved, at that the tapas served there (while not incredibly creative like those offered in the Basque country) were simply...

Top 10 wine spots, none in U.S.

Top 10 wine spots, none in U.S. Apr 12th, 2009 at 4:00PM: I realize that, on the world stage, our homeland isn't exactly the most popular place right now. Part of it stems from eight years of political buffoonery, and a healthy dose comes from traditional "old world" bias against the United States. Like most of us, I've learned to adjust for a touch of this when I read international news coverage. To a certain extent, I understand it ... we're more like...

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