Monthly Archives: February 2015

5 Fascinating Facts About Zinfandel

Everything from peperoni pizza to barbecued meats, and from thick, juicy steaks to dark chocolate goes with Zinfandel — depending on the style in which it’s made. Here are five fascinating facts about this expressive, personality-packed variety… Zinfandel may be

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Long Island Winterfest: Good Music… Good Wine… Good Weather?

Because you can’t hole up inside forever… here’s hoping the weather cooperates as the 8th annual Winterfest gets ready for its second weekend on the North Fork of New York’s Long Island. With a music component known as “Live on

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Seeing Red: A Varietal Struggle in Ribera del Duero

A great deal of red tape must be cut through to make possible the making of white wines in the Ribera del Duero growing region of Spain. But, according to this report from Decanter, that process has begun. To clarify,

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Posted in The Wine Business

Pinot Days Chicago Is Less Than a Month Away

“Snow Days” will magically morph into “Pinot Days” in less than a month — which should come as a welcome relief to residents of Chicago, who have been shivering through another frigid winter. Pinot Days Chicago is scheduled for Saturday,

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How Olivia Pope Holds a Wineglass: It’s Downright… Scandalous

There’s a big scandal brewing over “Scandal,” the political thriller that debuted not quite three years ago on ABC-TV. Actually, so as not to be drawn into the scandal, let me re-phrase that: There’s a big scandal FERMENTING over “Scandal,”

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Savoring the Scenery of Sonoma… Slowly

Some of my best friends are bikers. No, not hell’s angels, or other motorcycle riders — even though “Sons of Anarchy” became a staple in our household during its just-completed run. I’m talking about bicycle riders. I love to listen

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How Many Wine Glasses Arrr Necessary?

Unless you’re a pirate and plan to drink your wine straight out of the bottle after your fellow swashbuckler has taken a swig, you need glassware. Which brings us to today’s Wine FAQ… QUESTION: A friend of mine insists on

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Stay In and Warm Up With This Delicious Dish

Staying in tonight to escape the cold? Well, it’s still National Drink Wine Day so you’ll just have to find a way to do your duty. Here’s a heart-warming, satisfying dish that pairs perfectly with Syrah, (a.k.a. Shiraz), Cabernet Sauvignon

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Wines to Drink With Hearty Winter Fare

“Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root so that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger.” So wrote religious writer Hugh Macmillan in “The

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Presidential Wine Trivia: 14 Fascinating Facts

On Presidents’ Day, originally enacted to honor George Washington, and in 1971 amended to create a new three-day weekend, we honor all United States Presidents — many of whom were wine drinkers, and some of whom have had significant influence

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