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Food & Wine Pairing

We love wine and we love food. Let's talk about how to pair them up.

We’ve come up with a solid list of excellent wine pairing for Thai food, even the spiciest of curries.

Don’t snooze on these 8 best wine with pizza pairing options for your next Friday night in.

What is the best wine pairing with scallops? Reds, whites, rosé? All of the above. See our favorite 7 wines to pair with scallops.

Struggling to pair wine and sushi? Check out this quick guide including styles of wine to pair with your favorite kinds of sushi.

Hearty spices mixed with flavorful sauces can make pairing wine with Indian food a challenge. Stress no more! 

Choose the perfect wine to pair with this low country favorite.

Stop stressing about choosing a wine for dinner. These simple guidelines will help you pair food and wine like a pro. 

Taste Wine Like A True Armchair Sommelier

Spice up your next party with our FREE wine tasting guide! Learn what to look, smell, and taste for while appreciating your favorite bottle. We’ve also included a printable tasting notes template and a tasting wheel.

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Gluhwein: The Magic of Christmas

Christmas is a lot of work. There, I said it. As a kid, Christmas just magically happens. But, once you cross the threshold into adulthood, you discover that you’re the magic. You are now the chief elf, responsible for...

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Cin Cin, Cinzano!

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blind tasting

The Eyes Have It

Blind tasting is a humbling experience.  It’s all at once immensely instructional, and intimidating as hell.  Your palate is exposed, and your wine tasting credibility is on display. Gulp. I belong to a wine tasting study group,...

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Carpe Vinum’s Tour de France: Alsace

If you follow my Carpe Vinum adventures, you know that a couple of us are heading to France on vacation this summer (I’m going Paris and north; my girlfriend is going Paris and south). Last month, we embarked on an in-depth...

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Wine Pairing Challenge: Muffaletta

Snow fell from the skies above Washington, DC last night.  The Federal Government was closed.  Everything was closed, really.  We have a mammoth 4 inches of snow here at Casa Armchair Sommelier, which is enough to shutter schools for at least 2 days....

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Leftovers: They’re Really Just a Vehicle for Wine

Leftovers.  Drag-outs.  Must-goes.  Whatever you call them at your house, they all spell one thing:  Dread. I don’t know anyone who would say leftovers is their favorite meal.  And I’m the worst leftover eater. There’s only one thing that tastes better...

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fried okra

I’m Fixin’ Fried Okra, Y’all

I’m a Cornhusker by birth (Go Big Red!), but I’ve lived in Virginia almost my entire life, so I’m allowed to say y’all.  That said, I live in the exurbs of Northern Virginia . . . so I have to...

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Ready, Set, Runza!

I’m a Cornhusker by birth.  I hail from the great Big Red state of Nebraska.  I always get a little homesick for Nebraska this time of year.  College football is in full swing (GO BIG RED!), the corn is...

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