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Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Tara Q. Thomas is the Executive Editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine and the author of the second edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine Basics.

Cheese + Wine: Gewürztraminer


Spicy gewürztraminer stands up to bold cheese

Cheese + Wine: Malbec


From southwestern France to sunny Argentina, charismatic malbec gets around

Cheese + Wine: Sauvignon Blanc


Sauvignon blanc sings with seasonal goat’s milk cheeses

sweet wine (known as a "sticky" in Australia) with a piece of sheep's milk cheese

How Sweet It Is (Dessert Wines)


When it comes to playing well with cheese, sweet desserts wines are fast friends

sheep trimming the grass between rows of grape vines on a biodynamic farm

Super Natural Wines


Dedication to chemical-free, terroir-forward farming and flavors infuses the biodynamic wine trend

high acid red wine being chilled in a bucket of ice

Chilled Red Wine


Red wine on ice? Chilled red wine is completely sensible in summer if you go with bright, high-acid pours

Champagne Pour Vous


French “grower Champagnes” and small-batch sparkling wines are worthy of your best cheese