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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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Food & Wine Diet

Healthy Borscht Salad with Juicy Beaujolais

Borscht Salad with Fresh Cheese and Pumpernickel Toasts

These healthy recipes are all created to pair with wine (a 5-ounce glass has anywhere from 110 to 150 calories)—all for 600 calories or fewer.

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Cheap Wine Challenge

A Côtes du Rhône for Stews and Roasts

Here, wine experts reveal their favorite bottles costing less than $17. Many of the selections are lesser known but absolutely worth the search.

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Cheap Wine Challenge

A Sicilian Red Wine with a Do-Gooder Story

2011 Valdibella Respiro Nero d’ Avola

Made without added sulfites, this meaty red has deep, dark fruit that’s great with wintery dishes.

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Tasting Room

Understanding Pinot Noir from the Ground Up

California Pinot Noir

At its best, Pinot Noir is transcendent. F&W's Ray Isle sits down with wine legend Burt Williams to explore its allure and get tips on finding great bottles.

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Cheap Wine Challenge

A Go-To Cocktail Party Red

A Go-To Cocktail Party Red

Here, wine experts reveal their favorite bottles costing less than $17. Many of the selections are lesser known but absolutely worth the search.

Who: Liz Vilardi, owner/wine director at Belly Wine Bar.

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Dr. Vino's Verdict

Just Say No to Nouveau

Just Say No to Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau, which is made and released each fall after the harvest, typically comes from the region's less-desirable vineyards and is usually produced using industrial methods. Cru Beaujolais is a different story.

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Food & Wine Diet

Simplest, Most Delicious Beans with Chianti

These healthy recipes are all created to pair with wine (a 5-ounce glass has anywhere from 110 to 150 calories)—all for 600 calories or fewer.

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Tasting Room

Oregon's Best Gamays

Oregon's Best Gamays

2011 Bow & Arrow Gamay Noir ($19)
Scott Frank trained in France's Loire Valley before moving to Portland to make wines that emulate the Loire's fresh, clean Gamay style.

2011 Evening Land Gamay Noir ($23)
This dark-fruited Gamay, made in concrete vats, is from one of the original blocks of Evening Land's Seven Springs Vineyard, planted in 1983.

2012 Division Wine Co. Gamay Noir ($24)
Using the classic winemaking techniques they learned in Beaujolais, Tom and Kate Monroe produce just 63 cases of this cranberry-scented wine.

2010 Willakenzie Estate Gamay Noir ($26)
Burgundy-born Bernard Lacroute's winery specializes in wines from that region—Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and this fragrant, floral Gamay.

2011 Brick House Gamay Noir ($28)
Doug Tunnell has made Gamay in Oregon's Willamette Valley since 1994. His vibrant, organic bottling is from a four-acre plot on Ribbon Ridge.

Related: Where to Buy Wine Online
Portland Travel Guide
Wine Pairings

Tasting Room

Affordable Summer Wines: Chillable Reds

Palacios Remondo La Vendimia

Photo courtesy of CellarTracker.com

Pair with grilled chicken, burgers, lamb and ribs.

2012 Herencia Altés Terra Alta Garnatxa Negra ($11) Importer Eric Solomon has teamed up with Spanish winemaker Nuria Altés to make this exceptional Grenache value.

2011 Palacios Remondo La Vendimia ($16) The high percentage of Grenache in the blend of this Rioja red creates a silkiness that works very well when chilled.

2012 Pierre Chermette Beaujolais ($16) Native yeasts, 
minimal filtration and little added sulfur give this basic Beaujolais astounding freshness and flavor intensity.

2009 Boroli Madonna di Como Dolcetto D’Alba ($17) Light-bodied yet full of flavor, Italy’s Dolcetto is an excellent summertime red—especially when it’s as good as this.

2010 Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot 
Noir ($20) This 
New Zealand Pinot
is so bright and juicy 
that the wine almost tastes better cold than 
at room temperature.

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Great Grilling Wines
Summer Wine Tips from Experts
Summer Drinks

Ray Isle's Tasting Room

I ♥ Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

Illustration © Alex Nabaum

I don’t understand why Cabernet Franc is less popular than its offspring, Cabernet Sauvignon—I love its herbal, tea-leaf scent, its lighter body and its vivid acidity. It grows well in a wide range of places, like France’s Loire Valley, northern Italy and Tuscany, California, Chile, even New York’s Finger Lakes. Here are three to try.

2010 Russiz Superiore Collio Cabernet Franc ($26) Friuli, in Italy, makes aromatic, medium-bodied, herbal Cabernet Francs. This one is a great example.

2010 Lang & Reed North Coast Cabernet Franc ($24) Bright berry flavors are the hallmark of this red from California Cabernet Franc specialist John Skupny.

2008 Arcanum Toscana ($100) A layered, complex Cab Franc blend from the vast Tenuta di Arceno estate in Tuscany; it more than rivals super-Tuscan bottlings of the same price.

Related: Ultimate Guide to Wine Pairings
French Wine Regions: The Loire Valley
F&W's Wine Tasting & Travel Guide

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