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What the Heck Do Hobbits Drink, Anyway?

With the release of The Battle of the Five Armies, the last in the trilogy of Hobbit films, it's time to figure out what hobbits like to drink. The answer is ale, wine and mead.

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9 of the Year's Best Red Wine Values

Here are nine of F&W executive wine editor Ray Isle's favorite red wine values from the past year of tasting.

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9 Great White Wine Values for the Holidays

Paul Mas Estate

The best plan for holiday entertaining is buying wine by the case. Here, 9 great white wine values.

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7 of New Zealand's Best Sauvignon Blancs

Greywacke's vineyards

Durning a recent trip to the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, I got to taste through every Sauvignon Blanc that won a gold award, plus a number other Sauvignons during my travels as well. Out of those, here are my favorites...

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Sommeliers' Top Pizza Wines for the Night Before Thanksgiving

Marta's Capricciosa Pizza

The night before Thanksgiving happens to be one of the biggest take-out pizza nights of the year, on par with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. So, the heck with turkey; the real question is what wine goes best with pizza?

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Spain's Greatest Cabernet

Torres Mas La Plana

When people think of Spain's wine, they don't think of Cabernet Sauvignon. But not too long ago, at the Torres Winerey in Penedès, I had the opportunity to do a historical tasting of Mas La Plana, arguably Spain's greatest Cabernet. 

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How Not to Get Ripped Off on a Restaurant Wine List

2011 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon

File this under “mistakes you do not want to make, ever.”

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The 7 Most Surprising Smells You Can Find in Wine

Alder Yarrow's new book, The Essence of Wine

Vinography's Alder Yarrow on the seven most curious flavors and aromas he's found in wine, from lilacs to bubble gum.

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Why Do These Cities Hate Champagne?

NV Louis Roederer Brut Premiere

Foursquare, the recently-rejiggered local search app, can provide a wealth of handy info.

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Why Drink Beaujolais Nouveau When You Could Drink These?

It’s mid-October, which means that soon it will be November, and that means that in a month or so we’re going to start seeing ads, again, just like every year, for Beaujolais Nouveau. And you know what? Don’t bother.

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