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    Between the Wines

    By Kirk Peterson, Certified Sommelier

    All you’re trying to do is find a decent bottle of wine, but some words on the label get in the way—which ones help and which ones hinder? Here are five things to know so you can move on to the drinking.

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    Having Fun With Wine Analogs

    By Certified Sommelier Kirk Peterson

    Free your palate with this guide to wines similar to your favorites.

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    Napa Valley’s Hidden Gems

    By Xania V. Woodman

    As the road climbs into the mountains surrounding the Napa Valley, the tree canopy closes in overhead and the Wine Trail chatter falls away. Up here, at wineries that are still family owned and operated, their histories either passed down or retold by the people who lived them. This is the Napa that few tourists will ever bother to experience.

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    Wine Expert Tony Goitia Picks UNLVino’s Seven Not-to-Miss Wines

    By Tony Goitia

    This is my 31st UNLVino (UNLVino.com), but I still peruse the event program in advance to see what wines I haven’t tasted in a while (or have never tasted). Here’s my must-sip list for the Grand Tasting, April 18 at Paris Las Vegas.

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    Unicorn Hunting in Napa

    By Xania V. Woodman

    An island of activity in the sea of calm that is Napa in winter, Premiere Napa Valley (PremiereNapaWines.com) is a long weekend of tastings, parties and more tastings in February.

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    Heard it Through the Grape Vine

    By Amber Sampson

    Ask Christopher Barnes to describe his ideal wine club, and he’ll spell it out in two words: Grape Collective.

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    In the Wake of the Quake, Napa Valley is Still Crushing It

    By Xania V. Woodman

    My recent trip to the Napa Valley was eye-opening—and in ways I hadn’t even anticipated. I jumped, of course, at an invitation from the Napa Valley Vintners Association to witness the 2014 harvest, walk the vines with winemakers and learn about NapaGreen.org’s sustainability initiatives.

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    Sip and Spin: EDM Wine Pairings

    By Laurel May Bond

    Take that damn pacifier out of your mouth and enjoy electronic-dance music like a grown-up: by savoring a varietal that makes beautiful music with your favorite genre.

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    Extreme Wine by the Glass

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Las Vegas’ wine directors have surely gone off the rails. At Carnevino, Craftsteak and Le Cirque, fine and rare wines are showing up on the by-the-glass menus, offering a few precious ounces of Opus One, Insignia, Château Margaux and Sassacaia for not unreasonable prices. This alone isn’t entirely new; restaurants have happily poured rare and expensive wines by the glass in the past, and happily charged exorbitant prices to make it worth their while.

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    Napa’s Sweet Spots

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Northern California's 2013 harvest is mostly behind us, but with the Flavor! Napa Valley food and wine celebration coming up November 20-24–not to mention the many individual wineries' harvest festivals and autumn dinners–now's the time to plan your fall wine-country escape.

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    All That Glitters

    By Xania V. Woodman

    I hate to burst your bubble, Snooty Sommelier Guy, but expensive French Champagne isn’t the only acceptable bubbly with which to ring in the New Year. That “Ooh la la!” factor can really cost you. But you should drink what you like, not what the sommelier wants you to like. So if the traditional stuff just isn’t your bag, I say bag it and move on to something that is, beginning with these alterna-bubbles. • Domaine Chandon Étoile Brut, California

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    ‘Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive!’

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Beaujolais Nouveau—that fruity, weeks-young gamay wine released at 12:01 a.m. on the third Thursday of November (#NouveauDay), just weeks after the harvest—will be celebrated in style when it arrives Nov. 15. That night, Marché Bacchus will offer a three-course prix-fixe dinner of traditional French dishes and a glass of Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau ($40, 804-8008). Or, make the love last at Mon Ami Gabi in Paris Las Vegas (944-4224), where from Nov.

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    Pinot While You Paint?

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Wine & Canvas—you had me at wine. Since my art skills are … not, I figured that under the influence of mighty Bacchus, I might just come up with something not too horrible to hang in my bathroom. While my painting of two silhouetted lovebirds (the actual winged kind) perched in an odd sort of tree on a background of red sky isn’t likely to win any awards, it makes me happy.

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    Toast protocol: Champagne Day

    By Xania V. Woodman

    I can’t stand food “holidays.” National Pasta Day. World Cupcake Awareness Month. Leek Week. No, I don’t want to buy into those thinly disguised commercial efforts (Note: Only one of those was real, but you get the idea.) The third annual Global Champagne Day, however, is a cause I can get behind! Oct. 28 will sing with pops, hisses and the ecstatic clinking of glasses the whole world over. To get in on the bubbly action, just follow @ChampagneJayne, and then, on the big day, drink up, Buttercup!

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    The Freighting Game

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Nevada may not have a lottery, but its residents do benefit from something other than just fewer taxes: Most wineries, out-of-state wine stores and fulfillment houses are willing and able to ship wine here! A number of hip wine sites (see below) take advantage of bulk-purchase agreements and pass the savings on in the way of deep discounts. Mind you, this is not something you would want to try midsummer. Your wine will roast for days in a truck or at an airport before you receive it. Luckily, this weekend marks the arrival of fall, and soon, cooler temperatures.

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