Year: 2014 Archives

New Wave Winemakers

For the most part, the winemaker of today is a far cry from what was the norm years ago. More and more are young, talented, environmentally conscious, savvy people with a finger...

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Tannat

There’s a dark, thick-skinned grape that makes aggressive, chewy, tannic, red wines originating from France’s southwest. It’s called tannat. Mostly blended with other varietals in France, over the years, it has become...

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Prisoners Make Wine

There’s an idyllic island some 37 km. off the coast of Tuscany, Italy, in the Mediterranean, whose occupants create wine. Not unusual I suppose, when the entire country is basically one big...

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Wine and Soup

As the weather cools down, hot soup becomes more appealing. Matching wine to it is much easier if the soup contains a healthy proportion of solid food like meat, fish, vegetables, beans,...

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Visiting Wine Country

A trip to wine country is always a delightful treat. If you’re contemplating one in the next short while, this time of year is ideal. Harvesting of the grapes and winemaking in...

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Maneuvering Wine Fairs/Shows

With the Fall, wine fairs and shows kick into gear big time. Truthfully, these large events are not the ideal environment to taste product. Too many people and extraneous smells all get...

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Wine Infused Ice Cream

No need to read the title of this posting again. You heard right. Mercer’s Dairy in Boonville New York has been creating wine infused ice cream for years. It’s a well-guarded secret...

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Wine Without Food

Occasionally folks want to sip some wine without food. What’s the best varietal or style to choose? For this purpose, I would go with fruity, unoaked (or minimally so), lighter bodied, crisp...

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Wine Computer Programs

If you possess only a dozen or so wines, it’s easy to keep track of what you have. However, if your collection starts to grow to hundred of bottles, then you need...

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Ethnic Restaurants and Wine

Love to dine out at Italian, French or Spanish restaurants? For most people the concept of dining at one of these places is to have a whole ethnic experience, including food and...

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