Island Wine Fest Focuses On Fun, Fine Wine At Put-In-Bay

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      Abacela Vineyards: Umpqua Terroir/Spanish Varieties make oustanding wines

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      Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2012 Wine Review by Billy

      … this at the local wine store for about $9.00. This Malbec comes from Mendoza Argentina and is a big bodied wine with some nice structure for a very affordable price. If you're tired of the fruit bombs but still too timid to try something more subtle, this 2012 Santa Julia Reserva Malbec may be just the ticket. It has the flavor to stand up to big meals and the plushiness to be enjoyable as an evening treat. Raise a glass! --A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies …

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      Your Sexy Ancestor

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      Recycle Bin, Week of Oct. 20

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