Southern Wine Pairings for the Holidays...

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     If there’s anything we do right in the South, it’s the holidays. After all, these are times we bring loved ones together, over food, and you’d be hard pressed to find a folk better at that than us. Am I right, y’all?      But between all the baking, stuffing, roasting, and mashing, it can be all too easy to forget the pairing -- wine pairing, that is. This year, don’t make wine an afterthought at your holiday gatherings. After all, what would Scarlett be without Rhett, or Blanche Devereaux without her sassy comebacks?      This year, get those pairings right. I’ll show ya’ll how: Green bean casserole: Amazing what some butter and cream to do to little ol’ green beans. Bring out the snap in those greens with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc that has vegetal notes...

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A Southerner’s Wine Preparedness Kit...

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     Springtime usually finds us southern folk in the garden, or dusting off the grill in anticipation of backyard BBQs. But the season also presents a great opportunity to prepare something that every good host or hostess should have: a wine kit. Yes, hear me out, y’all. Because who wants to be at the mercy of a grocery store run when company comes calling?      And no, a wine kit doesn’t have to be expensive. It just takes a few simple things to get you started: A mixed case (or half a case) of wine: Of course, it couldn’t be called a wine kit without some bottles now, would it? These 12 or 6 wines don’t have to be pricey; they just have to be wines that you feel comfortable serving to...

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Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget...

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  As a responsible Southern girl, one of my recurring New Year’s resolutions—along with drinking more delicious wine—is to save more money. Crazy as it may seem, I’ve discovered that these goals go together like biscuits and gravy. And I’ll tell you why. Right now, we live in a time where there is more good quality, reasonably priced wine available than ever before. Winemaking technology, consumer demand and viticultural know-how have replaced a good bit of plonk on the shelves with wines that taste good and won’t break the bank. (Don’t believe me? Ask your Momma about the Wild Irish Rose days. She’ll tell you how times have changed.) Fortunately for us, too, there are more wine choices available now from all kinds of places, in all price ranges. So join me in making...

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Make Your Own Wine Labels

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  Wine is a holiday staple, both for serving at get-togethers and gifting.  Make your favorite bottles extra-special by making personalized wine labels with these suggestions from grapestompers.com  How to make your own wine...

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Southern-bred Holiday Gift Wines...

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A true southern lady or gentleman never shows up empty-handed for a holiday dinner party. But what wine should you bring to wow your hostess or host? Forget Napa Valley and Bordeaux, y’all. Here are a few recommendations to help you pick out a delicious, affordable wine from down South. Malbec, from South America The Malbec grape makes a medium to full-bodied red wine that drinks as smooth as velvet. It’s an especially great choice for a party where steak or BBQ are on the menu, or for a host who loves hearty red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon. Some delicious Malbecs to look for are those by Dona Paula, Catena, Tikal, and Gascon. (Around $12-$30)   Chenin Blanc, from South Africa Have a host who loves Chardonnay? Kindly introduce them to Chenin Blanc, a...

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