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How not to muck up the wine at Thanksgiving

There’s nothing easy about serving wine to a wide cast of characters, from judgmental relatives to novice drinkers who would be just as content with a cold Bud Light. Factor in a dinner spread that swings from savory to sweet in a single bite and that pulls from almost every spice in the cupboard and you’ve got a pairing nightmare.

High on the Vine: Fall for Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

This past year I spent the better half of November and December drinking Spanish Tempranillo and room-temperature white Burgundy. Since the New Year, I've left the Old World for wines made here in the states in one of my favorite regions: Oregon's Willamette Valley, which is known mostly for its Pinot Noir.

Yes, sipping red wine can be good for you

Studies have shown that drinking a moderate amount of red wine lowers your risk of heart attack, stroke, heart disease, and sudden cardiac death by 25% to 40%. John Passman, owner of Cellar 13 Wine Merchant, recommends three reds to enjoy this winter.

High on the Vine: Step aside, Riedel. There’s a superior wine glass in town.

There’s a line of stemware that’s half the weight of Riedel, lead-free (so less fragile), hand-blown, and less expensive.

Cellar 13

No one demystifies the whole Old World versus New World puzzle for customers better than owner John Passman, who earns his beloved status among regulars with insightful recommendations that never feel like an upsell.

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