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    • As Wine-Blog celebrates nine years… Robert Parker just influenced me, again

      As I read Robert Parker’s “Best of 2014″ in his latest newsletter, it reminded me of how I’ve been handling being “on pointe,” since December 29, 2005. Yes, I’ve been wine blogging since then… and it’s now nine years later. I think I only keep track, because it’s so much writing. I’m going to now stop counting… Bob wrote the following: Best of 2014: Top 3 Get-a-Life Outside ...

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    • Twelfth Day of Christmas

      History,Holiday,Wine Twelfth Day of Christmas: Twelve drummers drumming = twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed. Get yourself a great glass of wine; this is a good finish to our series. In Catholic countries, this is a day of great joy, also called “Three Kinds Day” or the “Epiphany.” From the 123Holiday.

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  • London Lights, Rembrandt and wine

    … Walking through central London, we look towards Piccadilly as we cross the Haymarket, and there they are: the magical Christmas Lights suspended across the road. White bright, shaped liked antlers, and proclaiming this particular area of London: St James’s. As we gaze up the street, a double-decker bus turns onto the road and transforms the view…

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  • Happy Third Day of Christmas from Wine Country

    "12 Days of Christmas" is a popular Christmas carol. Lyrics: On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree. On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree. On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree.

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  • Happy Second Day of Christmas from Wine Country

    … Happy Second Day of Christmas, which is celebrated on December 27. Get yourself a great glass of wine, and let’s celebrate the history of why the 12 days of Christmas exist. From A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals by Ann Ball, with the original source coming from Fr. Calvin Goodwin, FSSP, Nebraska: From the Catholic News Agency site…

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  • Happy First Day of Christmas from Wine Country

    … History,Wine Happy First Day of Christmas, everyone. Get yourself a great glass of wine, and celebrate the history with me of why the 12 days of Christmas exist. I don’t consider myself a Catholic anymore, although I was raised as one. As I hear about different cultures in the US now all celebrating Christmas, because their children’s peers…

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  • Remembering Bob Andrews, Horse Heaven Hills pioneer grape grower

    … Bob and Louise Andrews are surrounded by their children. From left: Barb Wilson, Scott Wilson, Sandy Rowell, Rob Andrews, Pam Kruger and Mike Andrews. (Photo courtesy of the Andrews family) ALDERDALE, Wash. – The patriarch for one of Washington’s greatest wine grape growing families has passed away. Bob Andrews, 84, died Dec. 15 after a lengthy…

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  • Shinkame Brewery: From Holy Turtle to Aged Sake (Part 1)

    … The Holy Turtle. Warm Sake. World War 2. Junmai. Cheese Pairings. Aged Sake. Honjozo. What a fascinating interview with Yoshimasa Ogawahara (pictured above), the 7th generation owner of Shinkame Shuzo, a Sake brewery located in the Saitama Prefecture of Japan. Mr. Ogawahara made a three-night trip to the U.S. and his only stop was in Boston…

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  • Your Guide to the Texas Hill Country Wine Experience

    … Your Guide to the Texas Hill Country Wine Experience The Texas Hill Country Wineries have roots as old as any around. Texas grapes grow in soils made from ancient calcareous sea deposits, similar to many of the grape-growing regions of Europe. Texas wine culture arrived in the 1600s with Spanish missionaries who settled and planted vineyards…

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  • Drink like a True Roman: The Wine of Lazio

    … young Pecorino. Another favorite dish of the region Peperonata alla Romana is slow cooked sweet peppers, tomatoes, onions, anchovies and garlic –perfect with a hunk of Roman Libum bread. Lazio Region Bigger Picture Anagni is a hilltop Medieval city. Historically a retreat for Roman emperors. source: Flickr One of the most interesting towns…

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  • New Book from Doc Russ Texas WineSlinger on the Texas Hill Country Wineries

    … to grow European vinifera grapes. (Texas Hill Country Wineries – Courtesy of Ben Smusz.) New Book from Doc Russ Texas WineSlinger on the Texas Hill Country Wineries Upon reviewing my previous best-selling book, The WineSlinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine, international wine luminary Oz Clarke rattled off the following blurb: “Doc Russ…

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  • A Knight Of The Brotherhood Of Port Wine

    … of Oporto. They have chosen their patron to be the Infante Dom Henrique de Avis, Duke of Viseu, who is better known as Henry the Navigator. He sponsored numerous maritime explorations, including of the coast of Africa, and rediscovered the Madeira Islands and located the Azores. As the Confraria states: "The indomitable character of this great…

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  • Thirst Boston 2014: Rum For All

    … elements which can shine through a rum and bring to mind specifics from that place. In that respect, it is little different from wine. Finally, they discussed the versatility of rum, recommending that rum be substituted for other spirits in classic cocktails. That might be the best way to persuade someone to become a rum lover, by adding…

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  • The Smithsonian Channel: United States of Drinking on November 20

    … to the press release, “In UNITED STATES OF DRINKING, Ozersky explores how culture, science and history all come together in some of America’s favorite drinks, including moonshine, distilled spirits, beer, wine, and cocktails. Along the way, he meets with some of America’s top moonshiners, brew masters, vintners, craft distillers and mixologists…

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  • Bisol’s Venissa: A Golden Wine of Venice

    …. Would you be surprised if I told you that there are still vines and wines in Venice today? Not on the cluster of islands that we think of as the city of Venice proper, but out in the busy lagoon? The photo above shows the island of Burano (the island of lace-makers to distinguish it from Murano, the island of glass-makers) and just below…

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  • TasteCamp At Hudson Valley: Some History

    …, the Mahican (an Eastern Algonquian tribe) and the Lenape (also known as the Delaware). Europeans came to the region in the early 17th century, with Henry Hudson as one of the prominent first explorers. Hudson was English and was hired by the Dutch East India Company to find a potential Northwest Passage to Asia. Around 1609, while seeking…

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