Strawberries are softer and would go with a more subtle dish, while black currants are more intense and would pair well with foods like venison, sausage or pepper steak. A simple way to remember this is the brighter the fruit on the label the lighter the food that goes with that wine, and the heavier or darker the fruits on the label the heavier the food. The body of the wine is the weight of the wine or the way it feels in your mouth. Owen says this body should also match the body of the food. Grapes have different body and richness based on the growing climate and decisions made by the wine makers. When looking to pair wine with meat, Owen recommends asking what you are pairing it with and what cut of meat is it. He says a rib eye with lots of fat, richness and flavor will need a wine with a rich body, such as cabernet sauvignon. A filet, which is less flavorful, could pair with a less full-bodied wine, such as a pinot noir. With red wines, tannins are a consideration when looking at food pairings.
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Need an excuse to head to the wine country? These two events will do – Los Angeles Times

We want you to put your wine in a toilet. Paul Saums of D.O.C. Wine Shop in Brooklyn, New York, told The Huffington Post he stumbled across the technique around six or seven years ago at a party. Normally, Saums prefers cooling wine in the sink under water. But that day, the sink was full, so he had to get creative. So I stuck four bottles of wine in the toilet tank, Saums, who has worked more than 20 years in the restaurant and wine business, told HuffPost. But wine bottles dont always fit in the [tank],” he said.
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$300 wine preservation system causes bottles to burst | Fox News

In a release, the company received reports that seven bottles that have exploded — with one causing lacerations to the user. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In a release, the company says that “in certain circumstances,wine bottles can burstwhen used with the Coravin System, presenting a risk of lacerations.” Coravin’s Wine Access System 1000 , which retails for $300, uses argon gas — an odorless, nontoxic gas –to extract wine out of a bottle without actually popping the cork. The gas is used to pressurize the inside of the bottle that pushes the wine upwards into thin needle from which small amounts of wine can be poured. The system can be used about 20 times on a bottle without damaging the cork, the company says. Its created a lot of buzz in the restaurant world because it allows guests to try wine by the glass without having to buy a whole bottle, and fine dining eateries like Del Posto, Coi and others have been using it.
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You’re Cooling Your Wine All Wrong

As with every other wine event, no drinking without food: Nearby restaurants will provide small bites and samples of signature dishes. With the 12-piece band Blue Latitude, complete with five-piece horn line, blasting out classic rhythm and blues, soul and rock n roll, this years Ventura County Wine Trail Celebration promises to be more rousing than most. The party starts at 5:30 p.m., goes for three hours, and is open only to those 21 and older. 8 Tickets can be purchased for $40 online at http://www.VenturaCountyWineTrail.com . They’re $50 at the door, so it pays to plan ahead. Over in Santa Barbara County, the weekend of June 20 to 22 is reserved for the new Key to Wine Country . This event has so many components, it will be hard to choose between activities. You cant be every place at once.
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