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BOTTLE TALK: Wine and Football

I love this time of year.  There is an impending promise of cooler weather to come and along with it football.  In my opinion football is almost like a religion. Depending on who your team is, (and what religion you are) there may be cheering, shouting and, occasionally, some time spent on your knees. In [...]

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BOTTLE TALK: Chianti

With the fads of low carbohydrate diets, who eats a big plate of pasta anymore?  I was thinking this as I sat in upstate NY while my wife was making a pot of sauce, “gravy” for my Italian friends. The short answer to that question is, “I do.”  I love home cooked Italian food and [...]

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BOTTLE TALK: Rum runs in the roots of the US

With Independence Day approaching, I thought it would be relevant to write about something that has its roots intertwined with the formation of this great country. Although many of our forefathers consumed and collected wine, the drink of the working class was none other than rum. It is estimated that in colonial America during pre-Revolutionary [...]

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BOTTLE TALK: Summertime and the wine goes down easy

I was recently asked if I have a favorite wine.  The short answer is, “No.”  I do think, however, that this requires further explanation.  I don’t really have a favorite wine but I do have types of wines that appeal to me at different occasions, different times of year or depending on my state of [...]

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BOTTLE TALK: Discover or re-discover Chilean wine

I’m just like anyone else. I have certain wines and regions I tend to gravitate toward and others I readily pass over. There were some regions that I haven’t tried in over a year. As I’ve said before, it’s all about personal taste. There’s nothing wrong with your palate if you shy away from expensive [...]

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BOTTLE TALK: Fire up the grill and uncork a little wine

I’m cautiously optimistic when I say spring may finally be here. I hope it’s not snowing as you read this article but I’m a wine guy, not a weather guy. Nonetheless, this time of year encourages me to spend more time with my favorite “outside” friend, my grill. I’ll admit I like a beer with [...]

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whisky

If you have followed any of the topics for this column you know that I attempt to stay seasonal. What can I say? I’m a festive kind of guy. Since I am of Irish descent, I could not help but notice that St. Patrick’s Day is approaching. Although not noted for their production of wine, [...]

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wine and chocolate

    Ordinarily I write about a particular grape variety or a wine region, but I wanted to change things up a bit this month. I felt it would be remiss if I didn’t write something relating to St. Valentine’s Day. Although this holiday is not necessarily associated with wine, it is associated with chocolate. [...]

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Tempranillo1

    With a huge WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) all-day wine exam coming up in June, my New Year resolution is to taste my way through every major wine region. Granted, it’s an ambitious task but necessary for my studies — all in the name of education. Presented with seemingly endless topics for [...]

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December Morning News Article

  The holiday season always allows me to take pleasure in the epicurean opportunities that present themselves. In particular, I get the excuse to pair and consume what I believe may be one of the sexiest drinks in the world, sparkling wine. Not all sparkling wine is the same…. (CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST [...]

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