Monthly Archives: May 2015

Lincoln: Six Glasses of Wine With Dinner

I’m thinking it would have been pretty cool to be a friend of President Abraham Lincoln. But not for the obvious reasons. After viewing a small display of wine glasses at the Richard Nixon Library and Museum (see yesterday’s blog),

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A Surprise at Nixon Library: A Wine Glass Display

To honor my future father-in-law, as well as a cousin on my mother’s side — both of whom served in the Vietnam War — my future wife, her daughter and I wanted to do something on Memorial Day besides firing

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Brunch and Wine in the ‘New’ Las Vegas

When I was a kid, most of our family vacations were to Las Vegas. My folks loved the downtown area, and it was perfectly safe and acceptable for one teen (my brother) and one pre-teen (me) to stand by the

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3 Wine-Focused ‘Trips of a Lifetime’

If the long three-day weekend got you thinking about taking a longer vacation later in the year, we have a few ideas to share. In its May issue, National Geographic Traveler features a story called, “50 Tours of a Lifetime,”

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French Wines: A Long History of Excellence

Terroir is important when talking about the wines of France, and so are vintages. Perhaps more than in any other winemaking country, vintages matter in France because an important part of terroir — the climate — can vary widely from

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The Best Winemakers Are Control Freaks

If we were talking about any other profession, you might think of them as “control freaks.” But winemakers have valid reasons for wanting to make as many decisions as they can. In point of fact, the more control the vintner

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The Wit, Wisdom and Wine of David Letterman

I don’t now anybody with an ambivalent attitude about David Letterman, who is retiring from a three-decade career in light-night television following tonight’s “Late Show” broadcast on CBS. You either love him and his brand of comedy, or you don’t.

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Raising a Glass of Garnacha to B.B. King and the Blues

I like to think I know a thing or two about music, but I really didn’t have much knowledge about — or an ear for — blues until I spent 13 years in Chicago beginning in 2000. There, a friend

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Sparkling Wine: The ‘Default’ Pairing Partner

For whatever reason, we don’t typically think of sparkling wine when it comes to pairing wine with food. We tend to gravitate toward rich red wines to serve with beef… rich white wines to serve with fowl… and various other

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A Rosé by Any Other Name…

Trends come and go in the wine world, sometimes for reasons that make no sense whatsoever. In 1975, Bob Trinchero of Napa Valley’s Sutter Home Winery invented a new type of wine: White Zinfandel. Actually, it sort of invented itself,

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