December 29th, 2010
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5@5 - Master Sommelier Richard Betts
December 29th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Whether it's champagne on New Year's or port on a long winter's night, wine in the winter just kind of makes sense. It warms you from the outside in and is a positively splendid companion to nurse by the crackling fireplace. Hey, what else are you going to do when your door is blocked by a two-foot snowdrift?

Rest be assured such frigid temperatures require more than your average cream puff varietals - save that full-of-fruit rosé for the summer.

Here to assist in stocking your cold weather cellar is Richard Betts. Betts is the co-founder of Betts & Scholl wines and the founder of cc: Wines, which just launched in October 2010. The former wine director at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado, passed his Court of Master Sommeliers exam on his first try, becoming only the ninth person to do so at the time - let's just say, we trust this man's palate.

My Five Favorite Winter Wines (at least right now): Richard Betts

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USDA to beef up nutritional information
December 29th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
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Nutritional information will be featured on 40 of the most popular cuts of meat and poultry products by 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a statement Wednesday.

The new rule, which is scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2012, will apply to whole cuts of meat and poultry such as boneless chicken breasts, beef brisket and tenderloin steak, along with packages of ground or chopped meat including hamburger and ground turkey, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said. The nutrition facts panels will either be available on the meat's labels or the facts will be available for consumers at stores.

FULL STORY: "40 cuts of meat, poultry to offer nutritional information"

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Box lunch
December 29th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Want a champagne toast on New Year's? Say it with us now: "There's an app for that" ... and it's from Ikea! - Gizmodo

  • A Santa Cruz medical marijuana dispensary is takings canned food donations in exchange for joints. - LA Weekly

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