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A Case For a Case: Curing Pneumonia One Syrah At a Time

Today, November 12, is World Pneumonia Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the deadly infection of the lungs that is still the leading cause of death in children under 5 years of age worldwide. As a tribute to World Pneumonia Day, concerned citizens around the world are wearing blue to show their support for the fight against pneumonia.
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Rhône Rangers: Distinctive California Wines from Old World Varieties

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the 13th annual Rhône Rangers Grand Tasting in San Francisco, featuring over 500 wines from more than 100 wineries. Rhône Rangers has grown from the original 13 producers to include 200 wineries from California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Michigan, and Virginia. In order to join, a winery must produce at least one Rhône-style wine, comprising a minimum of 75% of one or more of the 22 Rhône grape varieties approved in the Cotes-du-Rhône. Probably the best known of these are syrah, grenache, mourvèdre, and the white threesome of viognier, roussanne, and marsanne.