Wine

5 Rules of Wine Tasting I Learned from a Weekend in Sonoma — Fall Weekend Trips

From my first sip of vin with my mom in Paris (I was 16 and pretty sure I spat it back into the glass) to the everyday catch-up session over a glass or two, wine has always been a central part of my relationship with my mom. So, when it came time for us to plan our next girls' trip, we decided on Sonoma. We blocked off four days and flew out to California for eating, drinking, and taking in the breathtaking landscape.

Here's what we learned along the (delicious) way.

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Recipe: Drunken Chicken and Mushrooms — Wine and Dine

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Here's my proposition to make boneless, skinless chicken breasts a whole lot more interesting: Get them drunk. Yes, the protein can often be likened to that colleague who is a touch boring and has a personality that's a little too dry, but get her a bit tipsy at the work happy hour and suddenly she's way more fun to be around. These chicken breasts are swimming in a fragrant shallot and tarragon wine sauce and paired with earthy mushrooms for a winning dinner any night of the week.

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You Can Now Support NPR by Drinking Lots of Wine — Food News

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Wait, wait ... don't tell me! Yes, there's a new wine delivery club on the block! Just in time for the holiday season, media favorite NPR has released some amazing picks from around the globe. Ever wonder what the backstory is behind your favorite bottle of red? They'll share the inside stories of each bottle and send you a few free bottles, too!

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Recipe: Chicken Divan Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Chicken divan is the ultimate old-school medley of chicken, broccoli, and cheese sauce. It originated in the early 20th century in a New York hotel restaurant, Divan Parisienne, and it hits all the right notes: hearty, creamy, and comforting. While the type of cheese used varies from recipe to recipe, what is not negotiable is the use of cream sherry, which adds a tiny bit of sweetness and richness to the cheese sauce.

There's no doubt that this dish is rich, but this lightened-up version skips sour cream and condensed cream soups in favor of some chicken broth and milk for the sauce. And if you start with leftover cooked chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken, this casserole can be yours even on a busy weeknight.

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Recipe: Creamy French Mustard Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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One of the techniques I walked away with from French culinary school was how to make a pan sauce from all the tasty browned bits left in the pan after searing meat. Combined with a few très French ingredients, like shallots, white wine, and two kinds of mustard, this braised chicken dish has all my French favorites: tender chicken with super-crispy skin sitting on top of a comforting-yet-elegant mustardy pan sauce. And believe it or not, it comes together in just about 30 minutes in one skillet, making you the hero of the weeknight dinner, mon ami.

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The Truth About Sulfites in Wine & the Myths of Red Wine Headaches — Master Your Wine

"Contains Sulfites." These are words you see on almost every bottle of wine. Just two little words — yet so frequently misunderstood!

What are sulfites? Are they really bad? Do they cause wine headaches or other related ills?

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