Update; Food Pairing & Value Recommendation Links

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my recent birthday dinner in Reims on press trip to Champagne

I am dying to share a host of recent wine experiences with my wonderful readers here and on Huffington Post. For the last couple weeks, however, and for at least a week more I am stuck in intense labor negotiations for my day job as head of HR for a large mental health agency. When negotiations hit, usually every two to three years, it’s like riding a tiger since I lead the management bargaining team. One never knows what to expect next, and when I’m not in bargaining sessions, I’m drafting proposals, holding strategy sessions or responding to misleading information the union puts out to employees.

I have been able, nonetheless, to get to some amazing tastings in the last few weeks, and my recent press trip to Champagne was truly enlightening. I have a lot to write about the region and terrific producers there, as well as upcoming posts on some fascinating Chilean wines, Italian wine recommendations and what I learned tasting through Mollydooker’s current lineup. So I can’t wait to get back to my usual writing schedule.

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fun memories of Champagne

In the meantime, I thought you might be interested in 20 wine recommendation pieces I’ve written for IntoWine.com which include both food pairing suggestions as well as some wines I think are great values. The links for those appear below in alphabetical order by topic. My recommendations can usually be found at the top of each of the pages linked below, followed by those of other writers or wine industry experts.

Barbecue Wine – Wine Recommendations for Summer BBQ’s
Barolo, values _ Barolo Wine Recommendations: Best Barolos for the Money
Bordeaux, values – Best Bordeaux Red Wine (For the Money)
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa values – Best Recommendations for Napa Cabernet Sauvignons under $100
Chardonnay, Napa values – Best Napa Chardonnay (For the Money)
Chicken, Barbecue – Best Wine to Pair with Barbecue Chicken
Duck Breast – Best Wine to Pair With Duck Breast
Filet Mignon – Best Wine to Pair with Filet Mignon
Lamb Chops – Best Wine to Pair with Lamb Chops
Lobster, Boiled – Best Wine to Pair with Boiled Lobster
Merlot – Best Merlot Recommendations for the Money
Pizza – Best Wine to Pair with Pizza
Pinot Noir, Oregon – Oregon Pinot Noir Recommendations
Pinot Noir, values – Best Pinot Noir (for the money)
Pork Chops – Best Wine to Pair with Pork Chops
Pork Tenderloin – Best Wine to Pair with Pork Tenderloin
Salmon, Grilled – Best Wine to Pair with Grilled Salmon
Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand – Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc, values – Best Sauvignon Blanc “Value” Wines
Steak, Grilled – Red Wine Pairing Suggestions for Grilled Steak

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