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    If Your Palate Bleeds, These 2008 Italian Wines Can Kill It

    Lithe, balanced, light, and polite wines are de rigueur in the wine world at the moment. Now, I love those wines, but my tastes are quite catholic, and so I dig (well-made, authentic) wines of all stripes (okay, excepting possibly Retsina). And once in a while, after sampling lots of lithe, balanced, light, and polite wines, I want something that is brazenly, almost stupidly, ...

    By 1 Wine Dude

    October Virginia Wine Chat

    Discover the Colonial Wine Trail! Tonight's Virginia Wine Chat will be the second that focuses on a specific area of Virginia Wine Country. We'll be drinking: Williamsburg Winery 2012 Trianon Cabernet Franc Reserve with winemaker Matthew Mayer (@WilliamsburgTWW); James River Cellars 2013 Gewürztraminer with Mitzy Batterson (@JamesRiverWine); New Kent Winery 2012 Reserve ...

    By Kovas Palubinskas/ 50 States of Wine

    Postcard: Mullaloo

    One of the benefits of being a parent is being exposed to the randomness of your child's education. . . today we found ourselves thirty kilometres north of home in the coastal suburb of Mullaloo. While my child pondered his lesson I looked for food and coffee and found the small and sweet Sista Barista Cafe. It's located at the mostl ...

    By Wino sapien

    The wine business has much to answer for

    Whatever you do, don’t help me make an informed decision about what to buy. It was bad enough that the woman, standing in the Texas winery tasting room, proclaimed that Texas wine wasn’t any good, and that she suspected the Texas wine she was drinking came from California. What was worse was when she told the tasting room employee that she only drank cabernet sauvignon and ma ...

    By The Wine Curmudgeon

    Affordable Wines for your Weekend from Rías Baixas and Tuscany

    The weekend is upon us and you may have your favorite, expensive bottle ready to open. But there is more than enough space on the wine bar to open a few bottles of wine under or around $20. It’s always fun for me to taste then suggest wines that are at or around that affordable price range. I hope you find the wines reviewed below interesting enough to purchase and pair with ...

    By Cindy Rynning/ Grape Experiences

    Tuscany + Wine = Romance

    Wine Fall Tuscan Values Tuscany, bring on the romance… Castello di Monsanto Monrosso DOCG 2011, a Chianti Classico Docg, bring on the Sangiovese… and, ...

    By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

    While in Hershey: Tröegs Brewery

    Seems like we've been visiting Hershey, Pennsylvania quite often in the past year, and why not, with the zoo, chocolate factory, and amusement park. And Tröegs Brewery is always on the agenda. Hard to believe the brewery is almost 20 years old; first operating in Harrisburg and moving to the new location in the fall of 2011.

    4 readers - By Todd M. Godbout/ WineCompass

    Monkfish Saltimbocca

    Very easy and such a sublime dish you will definitely impress your family and guests. Promised. Ingredients 8 little pieces of monkfish filet 8 slices Parma/Serrano ham 8 sage leaves 1 lime P ...

    By Wine Berserkers

    MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of of Terroir and Noir

    MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of of Terroir and Noir By Glen Frederiksen In the world of wine, Pinot Noir has a reputation as a fickle grape, capable of sublime complexity and, conversely, sour, vegetal displeasure. The road to Pinot Noir perfection is fraught with missteps and pitfalls, enough to drive a winemaker over the edge.

    2 readers - By Wine Lines

    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve 2012 Pinot Noir

    It's been 3 years and six vintages ago that I tasted my first Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir Red Wine, and I make a curious observation: I paid less this time around! Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve 2012 Pinot Noir, $13.59-$18.99, 88 points, appeared bright ruby trending cranberry red with a clear rim. Aromas of ...

    By Dennis Tsiorbas/ New Hampshire Wine-man

    Review: Highland Park 50 Years Old

    When one receives an invitation to taste one of the rarest spirits in the world, one accepts before the bearer of the invitation realizes what he’s done. In this case, the offer was legit, and I found myself staring down a bottle of Highland Park 50 Years Old — 275 bottles made, $20,000 each, and sold out pretty much immediately upon release — and a 1/4 oz. of whisky that had my name on it.

    By Christopher Null/

    TasteCamp At Hudson Valley: Cider

    "In early eighteenth-century New England, the most popular alcoholic drink, in terms of volume, was locally produced cider. Throughout much of this period, cider served as a currency. It was used to pay salaries and product prices could be quoted in barrels of cider." --Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol by Iain Gately When Europeans settled in America, apples were one of t ...

    By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

    ¡Oh Tierra del Sol! Suspiro por verte

    ¡Qué lejos estoy del suelo donde he nacido! inmensa nostalgia invade mi pensamiento; y al verme tan solo y triste cual hoja al viento, quisiera llorar, quisiera morir de sentimiento. ¡Oh Tierra del Sol! Suspi ...

    By Do Bianchi/ Do Bianchi

    When losers become winners: How a bad appellation can make you a cult wine

    When I was a working wine critic, people said I possessed a certain amount of power. Maybe so, but I never was in a position to dictate to a winery what appellation they were entitled to use on the label! If I had been an official taster with the Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité, the French quasi-governmental agency that regulates the appellation contrôlée syst ...

    3 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. ********************************************************** 1) The Met Back Bay is once again launching its “Boston Hot Chocolate Experience” featuring Taza Chocolate on Friday, November 28.

    By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

    Break Out The Bubbly

    By Charles Olken I will confess that the biggest celebrations Chez Olken not only involve bubbles, whose appearance is a regular occurrence in this household, but one special bottle that has been our go-to wine for more years than I care to count. And, since confession is good for the soul, even at a happy time like this, I will admit that the wine comes from Champagne and is ...

    By Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

    Fall Wines

    Wine tasting is an activity to be enjoyed by adults. We neither support nor condone the consumption of alcohol by minors. Virginia Wine Time is a wine blog written by two w ...

    By Virginia Wine Time