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Time for wines that sparkle, wines that sweeten, wines that are all heart. SWEET The 2019 Chateau La Hargue Moelleux (★★ $12-$15) brings you a sweet taste of Bordeaux, light and lithe, fresh and fruity and at a very modest price, the pale gold wine is fine on its own and with chocolates. From the… Read more
In this mercilessly challenging month of endings and beginnings, you’ll need a few drinks to ease the way. These have their comforts. START ME UP The cappuccino, light, frothy, and strong, prepares you for almost any day. In Italy, the classic union of espresso, steamed milk, and a crown of steamed milk foam, is served… Read more
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