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The New Golden Age of Cabernet

October 17, 2013 05:41 PM ET | George Staikos | Permanent Link

We are experiencing a golden age of cabernet from Napa Valley unlike any before. Every vintage this century (except 2003) has been of high quality. This string of fantastic vintages has given those who love cabernet, myself included, an unusual level of comfort, security and most of all, enjoyment.

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Make the Ordinary Extraordinary

October 10, 2013 02:48 PM ET | George Staikos | Permanent Link

We don’t always drink wine with everyday dishes like burgers, pizza, sushi or roast chicken, but when we do, certain wines can help make an ordinary meal into something special.

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A Merlot for All Seasons

October 03, 2013 02:23 PM ET | George Staikos | Permanent Link

It seems like forever ago that Merlot was the most popular red wine. These days, Merlot plays more of a supporting role, but there is at least one wine-producing region where Merlot is still worthy of headline status.

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Malbec Shines in its Supporting Role

September 25, 2013 04:58 PM ET | George Staikos | Permanent Link

In recent years, Malbec from Argentina has won fans among wine lovers who appreciate its rich, fruit-driven style, without a lot of the sweetness you find in other power-packed reds. But while Malbec from this region can express true greatness on its own, its greatest contribution is in a supporting role.

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The Right Grapes in the Right Place

September 19, 2013 03:57 PM ET | George Staikos | Permanent Link

There is a fundamental understanding in the world of viticulture (grape growing) that soil and climate should dictate what grape varietals are grown at a specific location. The operators of New Jersey's Beneduce Winery are following this philosophy with promising results.

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A Wine Bar That Gets it Right

September 12, 2013 01:33 PM ET | George Staikos | Permanent Link

The concept of a wine bar has many different interpretations. One of my favorites in New Jersey is Bin 14 Trattoria & Wine Bar, located in the heart of Hoboken on Washington Street.

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Love the Wine? Get the App!

September 05, 2013 03:09 PM ET | George Staikos | Permanent Link

How many times have you forgotten the name of a memorable wine that you would like to enjoy again? The answer might be found on a smart-phone app. Or maybe a simple note pad would do.

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