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EMERGING ITALY: ROSSO PICENO

EMERGING ITALY: ROSSO PICENO

The other night, I popped open a bottle of wine that was purchased simply because it was an Italian red under $15. I took a sip and thought it tasted pretty good. So I looked at the label to see what, exactly, I was drinking.     Okay, so it’s made from organic grapes.   […]

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Making Champagne

Making Champagne

First off, let’s get one thing straight: All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne.   In order to be called Champagne, two criteria must be met. First, the wine must be produced in a specific, legally defined region of northern France. Second, the secondary fermentation that gives the wine its […]

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About Gewurztraminer

About Gewurztraminer

Most of the people who came by the cookie and wine tasting were unfamiliar with Gewürztraminer, though were willing to give it a try.  Once they did, they became fans.   So, what is it?   Gewürztraminer (guh-vertz-tra-meaner) is a cool climate grape with distinctive pink skin.  The wine it produces is known for its […]

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COOKIES & CORKS: ADVENTURES IN WINE PAIRING

COOKIES & CORKS: ADVENTURES IN WINE PAIRING

When a company sends you sample boxes of cookies crafted to pair with wine, the only logical thing to do is organize a tasting.   Diana Fisher, owner of Moderne Barn Wines, graciously offered her store.  Last Friday evening found me there, setting up a table with six plates of sweet and savory treats and […]

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