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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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Cheap Wine Challenge

A Winemaker’s Secret Inexpensive Go-To Sparkler

Nonvintage Sparkling Gruet Rosé

And it’s rosé.

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The Usual

The Best Wine for Steak Is Not What You Think

Chef Wolfgang Puck, whose steak house mini empire Cut has spread to five cities, bucks the traditional pairing of big, bold red wines with buttery, meaty steaks. 

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Tasting Room

5 Proseccos to Drink Now

5 Proseccos to Drink Now

Prosecco has officially outsold Champagne. Join in the frenzy and pick up one of Ray Isle's top bottles.

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The Usual

Ryan Poli Doesn’t Drink Wine—But When He Does, It’s Sparkling

Ryan Poli doesn't drink much wine but he'll make an exception for Cava. 

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Pairing Guide

What to Pair with Refreshing, Versatile Sparkling Wines

How to Pair Refreshing, Versatile Sparkling Wines

For F&W's simplest pairing guide ever, we placed wines into five basic categories. Here's what to pair with all kinds of sparkling whites.

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Essential Drinking

How to Save on Champagne So You Can Splurge on Caviar

How to Save on Champagne So You Can Splurge on Caviar

Fleury's Fleur de L'Europe is an entry-level Champagne that tastes a lot like a lovingly-aged vintage bottling.

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Cheap Wine Challenge

A Sparkling Wine You Can Drink Every Day

Peñalba López, Cava, Brut Nature, Aranda de Duero, Spain

"A seriously geeky Cava that is extremely drinkable especially at this price!" Read more >

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Sparkling Wine

Affordable Summer Wines: Inexpensive Sparklers

NV Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut.

Pair with salty snacks and raw shellfish.

2012 Medici Ermete Quercioli Reggiano Secco Lambrusco ($12) Excellent Lambruscos like this one offer bubbles 
plus the backbone and 
fruit of a red wine.

NV Zardetto Spumante Rosé ($17) Prosecco producer Fabio Zardetto turned to the little-known Raboso Veronese grape variety for this currant-scented bottling.

2012 Bellenda San Fermo Brut Prosecco ($19) Bright nectarine notes and an exotic spiciness make this Prosecco far more interesting than many on the market.

2011 Miguel Torres Chile Santa Digna Estelado ($20) 
The Torres family produces this crisp sparkler from grapes purchased under 
Fair Trade standards.

NV Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut ($22) There’s an appealing, toasty richness to this California bottling. Though it’s pale gold in hue, it’s almost entirely made from Pinot Noir.

Related: Champagne Guide
Light Summer Wines
Terrific Wine Cocktails
Summer Drinks

Wine Wednesday

Sparkling Wines for New Year's Eve

Platinum Sparkle, a sparkling wine cocktail.

© Tina Rupp

Sommeliers, of course, spend a lot of their time thinking about which wine goes well with which food, or does not go well, or might go well if it weren’t Thursday, and so on. But if you ask a sommelier what wine he or she would like to drink right now, more often than not the answer is Champagne.
 
There’s a good reason for that: Champagne, essentially, goes with everything. It goes with salty dishes; it goes with fatty dishes; it goes with birds and it goes with beasts; with cheese it’s mighty tasty and with vegetables it is sublime; it’s ideal for celebrations and obligatory for toasts; it’s even excellent when poured on its own for no particular occasion at all. Here are some great sparkling wine options, from inexpensive to pricey, that will solve any New Year's wine issues you might have. >>

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Wine Wednesday

How to Pair Wine and Chinese Food

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Courtesy of Kobrand.

Courtesy of Kobrand.

Wine and Chinese food tends to promote a strange response among wine writers, which can be summed up as “pair Chinese food with off-dry Riesling. Or Gewürztraminer.” Well, fine, but isn’t that sort of like saying “pair French food with white Burgundy” or “pair Italian food with a red wine?” Last I heard, Chinese cuisine had enormous regional variety and a culinary tradition that extends back, oh, a few thousand years or so. 7 wine pairings for everything from Americanized Kung Pao Chicken to traditional salted baked duck tongue. »

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