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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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Melissa Rollins from Florence Morning News did a piece on the new classes at Florence Darlington Technical College. Check it out…. (link to article)

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Autumn has descended upon us and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. With the cold weather settling in, I contemplated writing about a ‘big red’ that I know many of you drool over. I quickly realized, however, that I could not ignore one of the biggest events in the wine world that occurs this time [...]

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Bond quote

School has started, and it’s back to the hustle and bustle of life. Before we realize, the holidays will be upon us. We need time to ourselves; time to slow down and relax. With all the stresses in life, one must have an outlet for the purpose of keeping our sanity. My elixir of sanity [...]

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Sancerre_vineyard_with_roses

Motivation and ideas for writing come from a variety of avenues. Sometimes it’s what I am drinking at that moment or through a conversation with a friend. It can also be, as in this case, stimulated from assisting with a private wine dinner. Recently, I had the pleasure of selecting wines and speaking for, what [...]

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Bridge 10

      I write mostly about wine and spirits but, on a rare occasion, I am moved to write about other subjects. This is one of those rare moments and the inspiration was a restaurant located in Pittsburgh, PA called Bridge Ten Brasserie. I use the term ‘restaurant’ loosely because this term does not [...]

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Chenin Blanc

People often ask me,“ What is your favorite wine?” The standard answer is, yes. I think as you branch out and try different wines you will see that comparing them is sometimes like comparing apples and oranges, not to sound cliché. I think a lot depends on mood, time of day, temperature, food, barometric pressure…. [...]

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Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon Appearance: • Clear • Purple • Medium plus intensity • Pronounced narrow purple tears Nose: • Clean • Medium intensity • Slightly herbaceous with hints of baking spice, toasted cedar plank, black cherry compote Palate: • Dry • Medium intensity • Medium plus acidity • Medium plus tannins • Medium alcohol [...]

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