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Wines To Warm From the Inside Out!

It seems every year about this time,we have a cold snap, and we are rendered immobile for a week or two at a time, usually between the dates of December 26-to around mid-February. We got lucky this year and enjoyed … Continue reading

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The World of Italian Wine: Where Do I Begin? #Italian FWT

Traditionally, other than pinot grigio, moscato and prosecco, the world of Italian wine is largely misunderstood and honestly, intimidating. Yes, those that follow scores will undoubtedly understand Brunello di Montalcino, Amarone and Barolo, but what about the unsung hero grapes … Continue reading

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Etna and the power of the Contrada

The French had it figured out for centuries. Burgundy was pinot noir. White Burgundy is made with chardonnay, Sancerre with sauvignon blanc, and Vouvray with chenin blanc. Beaujolais is gamay, while Champagne is the classic blend of chardonnay, pinot noir … Continue reading

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Wine + Food + Travel = A Really Great Trip!

When I ask people about if they’ve had any Italian wine, the first two answers they give are Chianti and Prosecco. And when visiting, most have gone, and/or had tours set up to Tuscany, Rome and of course Venice. Tuscany, … Continue reading

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Big Daddy loves Chinon

For those of you who regularly check this blog and read posts, you know my affinity for Cabernet Franc. So much so, that I call it by its moniker: Big Daddy. It’s amazing how many people don’t know that Cabernet … Continue reading

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