Category Archives: Chocolate and Wine

Living on the sweet side of life

We don’t drink enough sweet wines. There are several reasons for that. We have been taught that “dry” wine is more sophisticated. Truly luxurious sweet wines that taste like nectar stolen from the gods can be ridiculously expensive, so thrift … Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Guide: Port

Looking for a wine to give a wine lover? Champagne comes to mind, but a less obvious and equally impressive choice is Port. In today’s Washington Post, I recommend some vintage and some edgy new ruby Ports that make worthy … Continue reading

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Sweet on Local Dessert Wines

When exploring the greatly improving local wine scene, it’s easy to focus on dry table wines – the most dramatic improvement – and lose sight of dessert wines. Stickies have always been a staple of local wines, but they are … Continue reading

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Wine vs. Beer Smackdown!

Wine lovers can spend hours debating wine-food pairings (just one reason we are so boring to our children), and there are certain meals we dismiss as “beer food.” These are usually spicy or cheap, and casual – in other words, … Continue reading

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Are You Drinking Your LBVs?

Port brings to mind stuffy old geezers in smoking jackets who “repair to the library” after dinner to puff on cigars, discuss affairs of state (in speech rife with “I say!” and “Hear, hear!”), toast Baron James Forrester and share … Continue reading

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