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Slurp! The Best Oyster Wines

Oyster-mania hits Fort Mason this weekend in the form of the 11th annual Oyster Fest. Head down there to catch oyster-philes getting their fix at events like the "Slurp and Shuck" competition.

In honor of the weekend, we're republishing a few words of wisdom on oyster and wine pairings:

Is Minervois the New "It" Wine?

I'm always on the lookout for new trends in the world of wine and spirits, and it's always interesting to note a particular zeitgeist, as it may or may not be happening. The latest I've seen concerns wines from France's Languedoc region, specifically the sub-appellation of Minervois. For whatever reason, it's just started showing up everywhere.

Cheap Wine Wars: The Two Buck Chuckwagon Heads South

In news that is positively dripping with irony on many, many fronts, Two Buck Chuck—the unbelievably cheap wine that turned the American wine market on its head a few years ago—is going on the road. To of all places . . . Australia.

It’s Got Legs: Beringer’s Rhine House

As more once-great institutions appear to teeter on the brink of oblivion, a Wine Country landmark is back in vogue. And thriving.

On a recent rainy night, card-carrying members of the SF and Napa Valley Swell set convened to celebrate the return of Beringer Winery’s historic Rhine House in St. Helena with a glamorous black-tie dinner.

Beringer was founded in 1897 and, though recently purchased by the Australian Foster’s Beer empire, it reigns as the oldest continuous winemaking facility in the Napa Valley.

Spanish Beauty

Rich white wines, especially white Burgundies, are popular around the holidays. They're delicious with cheese, lobster, crab and all the other rich things we like to eat. Problem is, they're super expensive. Here's an alternative:

 

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