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…On a cool California evening, eight wine and food writers were guests of Open Sesame’s owner/chef Ali Kobeissi and two wine reps. We were introduced to a variety of food (via Mr. Kobeissi) and wine pairings (via Chateau Musar and IXSIR Altitudes) that would rock our world…

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…Presented in an old world style with a new world attitude, this elegant wine shows restraint yet is not without spunk. I think you’ll enjoy, as I did, the bright fruit resulting in a soft lemon citrus and vanilla profile. Soft and smooth on the palate, this is one wine you’ll want to linger on… rolling it round and round in your mouth. I am thinking it would be a delight with buttery popcorn, roasted chicken or Crème Brulee…

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The blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier is good enough for a glass or two or three at one sitting. Perfect by itself or plays well with many dishes. The Chenin Blanc component (80%) provides the core fruit and bright natural acidity, creating an integrated crisp, clean finish. At 12.6% alcohol, it is not overdone…

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Although the Czech Republic is famous for its beers, its premium (yes, premium) wine is the one to keep your eye on. In Moravia, on the country’s east side, the wine industry is gaining more and more attention– and for good reason. Wine lovers who can think outside of the California box will want to make a beeline for southern Moravia…

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…The 2010 Moscato Allegro is a fat sip of orange soda, honey and vanilla cream flavors; yet somehow the winemaker crafted all this into a lighter bodied wine. Not cloying, not sticky sweet. Someone also had their thinking cap on when they decided on a screw top closure for this wine. Simply grab the bottle for your next picnic or patio function. No worries on where the darn opener went…

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