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Pairing Wine with Traditional Holiday Entrees

October 20, 2014

When it comes to picking out wines for the much-anticipated holiday meal, it’s hard to know where to start. It may even cause your stress level to bubble up faster than an agitated bottle of Dom Pérignon. So to help you quell any holiday wine-pairing anxiety without reaching for that bottle — ahem, glass —…

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Choose the Right Wine Glass

March 10, 2014 1

If you’ve ever felt like outsider Tom Branson or Matthew Crawley (picking up the wrong fork or wearing the wrong suit) when they first arrived to dine at “Downton Abbey” with the Granthams, you’ll appreciate this primer on wine glasses, also known as stemware. There are several different kinds of wine glasses, each designed to bring…

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Wine Gifts: Bring a Better Bottle

November 26, 2013

The holidays are a time for family and friends, celebrating, giving, and of course…parties!  Nobody wants to show up empty handed, and a bottle of wine is a classic hostess gift solution. Worried that bringing the wine will feel like a boring choice? Not this year! We at Above & Beyond have lots of creative…

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Make it a Party: Wine and Small Plates Tasting

November 14, 2013

Looking for a unique twist on the standard cocktail or dinner party? Invite friends over for a low-key “Wine and Small Plates Tasting” party. With just a little advance planning and minimal cooking, this party leaves you more time to enjoy your friends during the holiday rush—and sample some fun new wines too. Your Party…

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Bring Out Your Champagne Flutes

November 09, 2013

Champagne flutes are often associated with celebratory moments, indulgence, opulent occasions, and of course –a toast to ring in the New Year. But why limit your enjoyment to super-special occasions only? The holidays are the perfect time to make a new habit of using those Champagne flutes more regularly. Start the Night Right: You don’t…

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Wine Refrigerators: 9 Must-Know Facts Before You Buy

August 06, 2013

If you’re considering taking your wine hobby to the next level, then you’re probably thinking about buying a wine refrigerator. After all, they protect your bottles from changes in temperature, and keep your favorite vintages at perfect-for-serving temperatures. Here’s what you need to know before you invest in a wine refrigerator. 1. Where you’ll use…

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