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The History of the Toast

 

The History of the Toast (the short version)

Princess Bride Poison Scene with Wine

This holiday season you will likely raise your glass and toast to good friends, family and health. But where did this ritual originate? You may have heard that the clinking glasses evolved from efforts in the middle ages to prove that the drinks contained therein were not poisoned (think Princess Bride)....

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Wine Gifting

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Your Holiday Gifting Guide

Choosing the Perfect Wine Gift

Many businesses are built around wine gifting and their dirty secret is that it really doesn’t matter what is in the bottle. Make a nice label and keep the cost down because the person buying the gift never actually has to drink the awful stuff inside. AT WTN we take a different approach. We p...

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Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Pairings

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Thanksgiving Wine Collection Just $84.99 Including ShippingThanksgiving is unquestionably the best holiday for wine if paired properly with the variety of food on this bountiful and festive holiday. 

Our advice on how to make the best of Thanksgiving- open at least 6 different wines to pair with lighter and darker meats plus the many popular dishes that we savor this time of year.

Our Thanksgiving Essentials...

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Scarecrow Comes Alive at Napa Auction

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Take that, Bordeaux. Five cases of a Napa Valley wine sold for $4,333 a bottle Saturday, highlighting a record-crushing Premiere Napa Valley auction.

The Wine House in Los Angeles paid $260,000 for just 60 bottles of a special edition of 2012 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon. Three different auction lots – from Schrad...

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Spanish Wine & Cuisine Recipes

Tempranillo Pairing: Pork with Grilled Vegetable Pisto
Instructions:
1. Light a grill. In a large, shallow dish, mix 2 tablespoons of the oil with the lemon juice, minced garlic, parsley and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the pork and turn to coat well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. Grill the eggplant, onion and garlic head, cut side...

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Wine Pairing: Petite Sirah & Braised Lamb Shanks with Herb Reduction

Braised LambshanksBraised Lamb Shanks with Herb Reduction

Description:
A hearty meal for a hearty wine. Warm up those chilly Fall nights with this comforting dish.
Pairs With:
Petite Sirah

Serves 6

Ingredients:

• 6 lamb shanks, about 4-5 pounds total weight
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 medium onions, ½ inch dice
• 3 large carrots, peeled, ½ inch dice
• 10 garlic cloves, slice...

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A "Shattered" 2015 Harvest in Napa Valley?

0 Comments  |   Posted in Wine Life Wine Features   |  By Steve Schepman

It is great to see Harvest in Napa Valley well underway yet early indications are that yields will be down by as much as 40% due to "shatter". (Shatter is triggered by rain, wind, rough handling, or extremes in temperature—either too high or too low. In France, it is known as “coulure”). Lower supply and higher demand means it is time to stock your...

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How To Save Money on Wine

truck.jpg1. Ship to your destination.

Have wine shipped directly to your vacation destination. Imagine going to that special place and having a case of well curated wine waiting for you and your friends and family! Tip: Call hotel management ahead of time.

2. Ask about damaged labels.

Most retailers have a list of cosmetically flawed wines with torn or stained...

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How to Store a Great Wine

Our heritage within our Napa Valley community runs deep. Founded in 1991 as Ambrosia, The Berglund Catalogue of Fine Wine, we were pioneers in partnering with local wineries in Napa and Sonoma to bring consumers library selections to wine collectors across the United States. Today, Ambrosia is part of The Wine Tasting Network and continues to offer...
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