The holiday season offers the perfect opportunity to consider notable wine books from 2017 as gifts—both for others and for yourself. Several fine choices in 2017 stand out. Early on in my learning about wine, I made the happy discovery of Kevin Zraly’s “Windows On The World Wine Course.” The book’s elegant organization, clear prose and commonsense tips bolstered my confidence a new wine enthusiast while providing a solid foundation of wine knowledge.
Retailers sell more sparkling wines in December than any other time of the year. Inventories will shrink quickly. This should remind you of something important on your holiday “to-do” list. Don't wait to shop if you plan on enjoying sparkling wines for either Christmas or New Year's Eve! Do it now. Plus the longer you wait to shop, the longer the check-out lines you will encounter. You don't want to wait in line this time of year.
Hosting holiday gatherings should be fun, both for the guests and the hosts. Serving fun wines helps set just the right tone. Stick with easy drinking, reasonably priced wines. Crisp, aromatic whites, refreshing rosés and fruity reds will work nicely. Just make sure the wines are neither boring nor low quality. With just a little extra effort, you can buy well made, intriguing holiday party wines. Most importantly, don't wait for the last minute to buy. Shop as soon as possible.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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