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Occasionally, it might happen — you’re left with a partially consumed bottle of wine on your hands. But before you pour it down the drain, determine if it’s still drinkable, or consider a few clever ways to repurpose it.

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Delivery and takeout are becoming an ever-increasing presence in our lives, with a staggering 86% of consumers using off-premise delivery channels at least once a month.

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French dining establishments have been popular with our Check, Please! guests – over the course of the series, they have chosen more than 20 of them to be featured, so far. And it’s easy to see why, as these eateries tend to have a romantic, elegant, and often decadent ambiance, transporting you to another place and time.

I have spent a good portion of my career working in French restaurants, and have a fond appreciation for French food, culture, and wine. But as delicious as they may be, French wines can sometimes be intimidating and not as easy to decipher as New World wines from California, Australia, or New Zealand.

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We’ve all heard of book clubs, but have you ever thought about starting a wine club?

I’m not talking about the kind of club where you arrange to receive monthly shipments of wine, but rather a semiregular gathering of like-minded wine lovers who are interested in learning more about their favorite beverage. It’s a wonderful way to share your passion and discover new wines while sharing the cost with others looking to do the same. Here are some ideas and elements to keep in mind when starting your own cork-based clique.

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Oh, no! That dreaded moment when you realize you waited until the last minute or forgot to make a dinner reservation for a loved one’s birthday, anniversary, or even – GULP – Valentine’s Day.  Scoring a last-minute table at one of the city’s coveted hot spots may seem almost impossible at this point, but fear not – with a little creativity and flexibility you can still save the day!

BE FLEXIBLE: Especially with your requested time slots. The most requested dinner reservation times are between 7 and 8 pm, so you may not have access to those options. Consider dining before 5 pm or after 9 pm, which are less in demand and more likely to be available. Consider catching a show afterward or visiting a nearby cocktail bar as part of the evening’s adventures to help fill the time.

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