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Gaja & Barbaresco

Gaja & Barbaresco

  There is nothing like seeing a wine region to understand what it is all about. This fact was abundantly clear one bright Wednesday morning, as three of us stood on a Juliet balcony at the Gaja estate in Barbaresco, overlooking softly rolling hills. My husband and I have come expecting to taste delicious wines […]

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Happy Bastille Day!

Happy Bastille Day!

  While celebrating with a French wine is de rigueur, I thought it might be interesting to take a dive into what the average 18th century French person might have been imbibing. The web site Life in a Medieval Castle: Medieval Drinks, while perhaps a tad off chronologically, nonetheless states that the best wines were […]

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Sciacchetrà

Sciacchetrà

Those of you who follow my Instagram know I was doing a LOT of wine tasting in Italy recently. You also know that I got to try sciacchetrà, a sweet wine made only in the small region of Cinque Terre, on Italy’s Ligurian coast. There are so many things that make this region special, from […]

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Your Summer Wines: Spanish Whites

Your Summer Wines: Spanish Whites

  Quick: what’s your go-to summer wine? If you said sauvignon blanc, you’re not alone. With its crisp feel and bright, citrus flavors, it is the perfect summer sipper. However, It might be time to broaden your horizons. I’m thinking specifically of Spanish wines, thanks to a couple of samples sent to me from Vintae, […]

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Good Wine Reads

Good Wine Reads

Check out these two new wine books! The first – Cork Dork – is an utterly engaging read that is very spot-on in describing the long, winding path to becoming a sommelier. The first chapters took me right back to my early training days, and other sections served as an “Ah, right!” for remembering why I […]

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