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Wine For Cooking

Most writing on wine doesn’t address wine for cooking. Some cookbooks do and some of them do a pretty good job, others not so much. So here are some thoughts on the subject. There are some recipes that call for … Continue reading

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Better Know A Varietal – Merlot

Merlot is a major grape variety though it has been loosing popularity as a single varietal in recent years. It is a large part of the success of the red wines of Bordeaux though often Cabernet Sauvignon gets all the … Continue reading

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Organic, Natural, and Biodynamic – The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Organic, natural, and biodynamic are words you increasingly see used for wines and sometimes see on the labels. They can be confusing and confused with each other. Here is a brief primer and some of my thoughts on the subject. … Continue reading

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What’s That Stuff On The Cork?

Recently I have talked to a few people who have thought bottles were bad when they found stuff on top of the cork before opening the bottle. The cover over the cork is called the capsule.  It is typically metal … Continue reading

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To Cork Or Not To Cork? That Is The Question

Corks have been used to close wine bottles for a long time. They have been pretty much the standard method of closing a bottle since th 18th century. Most wine authorities agree that there are definite benefits to using a … Continue reading

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Italian Earthquake

Yesterday a powerful earthquake hit the central Italian regions of Umbria and the Marche.  I have had the good fortune to visit these wonderful areas.  It is very sad to think of the devastation that has occurred.  As more information … Continue reading

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Hacks

Hi folks, We were briefly hacked but the site is back up and I have upgraded security.  I am looking at options to help keep the spam bots out so we can get conversations going again. Nevin

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What has happened to Rosé

In the last few years there has been an explosion in consumption of rosés in the US. As a result there has also been an explosion in the number and variety of rosés available. In general I applaud this. I … Continue reading

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Better Know A Varietal – Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc has recently become a favorite white wine varietal. Part of that is boredom with yet another Chardonnay but part of it is the general high quality of inexpensive wines made from the grape. Sauvignon Blanc probably originated in … Continue reading

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Red Wine and Fish?

One question I get asked is what red wine to serve with fish. There are a lot of variables here. Among them are what kind of fish. The meaty or oily the variety of fish the easier it is. Swordfish … Continue reading

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