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Regional Wines Showcased in DC

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Local and regional wines were in the spotlight at the Masters of Food and Wine event early this month. It was the Park Hyatt Washington’s second time participating in this event, which occurs throughout the year at several of the … Continue reading

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Tour Virginia Wineries By Smartphone

If you’re planning to hit some Virginia wineries this summer, you may want to take them along in your pocket. Virginia Wine in My Pocket, that is, a new app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that provides information about … Continue reading

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On Aging New York Rieslings

Can Riesling age? Of course! you say. Anyone who has tasted an old spatlese from the Mosel or trockenbeerenauslese from the Rheingau knows that Riesling can age spectacularly. But what if I directed your attention away from Germany to a … Continue reading

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Wine vs. Beer Smackdown!

Wine lovers can spend hours debating wine-food pairings (just one reason we are so boring to our children), and there are certain meals we dismiss as “beer food.” These are usually spicy or cheap, and casual – in other words, … Continue reading

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Momentum for Local Wine …

The “drink local” movement is gaining steam. When my buddy Jeff Siegel, aka The Wine Curmudgeon, received a press release last week touting a dinner with cookbook author Diana Kennedy to be held next month at the Modern Museum of … Continue reading

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Park Hyatt in D.C. adds a local winery to its locavore event

After I posted here and on The Washington Post’s All You Can Eat blog castigating the Park Hyatt for not including any local wineries in its June Masters of Food & Wine Event celebrating local agriculture, the hotel promptly added … Continue reading

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Wines from Where?

Wines are now made in all 50 states – but would you know that by looking at a typical wine list or store shelf? Andrew Stover, the hyper-energetic millenial generation sommelier at two hip Washington D.C. restuarants, is trying to … Continue reading

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Vino Volo: The Only Way to Fly

Waiting for a flight out of Dulles International Airport the other day, I was pleased to see my gate was in Terminal C. That meant I could pass the time at Vino Volo, the best thing to happen to airport … Continue reading

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End Maryland’s Ban on Direct Shipping!

Could this be the year Maryland residents get the right to order wine online? Hopes are high that the Legislature might finally pass legislation legalizing direct shipping of wine to consumers. I explore this issue in today’s column in The … Continue reading

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Is Wine No Longer a Luxury?

This week, Wine & Spirits magazine released its 20th annual restaurant wine survey. As usual, the survey is the usual once-a-year kiss-up to Sonoma-Cutrer as the most popular wine brand in American restaurants. But there is a nugget in the … Continue reading

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