Category Archives: Alsace

Rhode Island Tranquility

It€™s gratifying, being a wine critic and competition judge, to have my initial impressions of a winery validated on a subsequent encounter. I first discovered Newport Vineyards of Rhode Island last year, when their 2007 Riesling won Best of Show … Continue reading

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Pinot Reigns Supreme at IPNC

Everything you may have ever heard about the International Pinot Noir Celebration is true. Over the past 23 Julys, pinotpheliacs have congregated in McMinnville, Oregon, to spend a weekend pickling themselves in their favorite wine. This year’s IPNC, held July … Continue reading

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The Recession Claims Billington

The recession has taken a bite out of the Washington, D.C., wine community with the recent demise of Billington Wines, the Springfield, Va.-based company that helped put South American wines on U.S. dinner tables. Billington closed its doors May 15, … Continue reading

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The Terroirists Are Coming!

The €œReturn to Terroir€ tasting came to Washington this week, courtesy of the French Wine Society. It wasn€™t as big a tasting as in New York the day before, but I only had to find parking along Reservoir Rd., not … Continue reading

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Holiday Bubbles!

Even in economically depressed times, sometimes nothing less than Champagne will do! For some people of course, especially in down times, nothing less will do! After all, it was John Maynard Keynes, the noted economist whose theories got us out … Continue reading

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Some Bargain Fizz for the Not-So-Jolly Holidays

Holidays can be less than jolly in tough times. But before we all endulge our inner Scrooge, we should remember that Tiny Tim’s impoverished family, the Cratchits, celebrated even in the leanest of times. So even though we may not … Continue reading

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A Charming Crémant d’Alsace – and a Bargain, Too …

This month, Americans will sip more fizz than they have all year. That’s a shame, actually, considering how delicious and food friendly sparkling wine can be at any time. But ’tis the season for celebration, and as we flit from … Continue reading

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