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Choosing a “house wine” – what are your criteria?

What do you look for in a “house wine”? I usually find one or two inexpensive wines that over-perform for their price and then stock up on them for those casual meals at home, or a relaxing moment that calls … Continue reading

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Worth Reading This Week: Yes, Wine Enthusiast, there IS a Virginia!

Here’s what’s up this week in wine: Wine Enthusiast has discovered that Virginia is for Wine Lovers. The magazine has anointed the Old Dominion as one of the 10 best wine regions in the world to visit. Quite a coup, … Continue reading

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Cheap wine? Or snake oil?

Someone has declared war on wine. I think it’s the Tea Party. Or maybe it’s the “99 Percent.” I’m not sure who’s who these days. One salvo came from Slate, which was known for intelligent wine writing until a few … Continue reading

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Wine News: Are We ‘Buying Up’ Again? Yet?

The California Department of Food and Agriculture€™s Market Enforcement Branch saw a spike last year in the number of complaints filed by wine grape growers against buyers who couldn€™t fulfill their contracts, the North Bay Business Journal reported this week.  … Continue reading


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Wine Camp, and Other Ideas

Over Christmas weekend, my family held our annual “Wine Camp.” This is an extremely vinonerdy exercise in which we pour several wines blind and say, “Tell me what this is.” Over the years, it has taken on an air of … Continue reading

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NostraWINEus predicts 2010 …

What’s up for wine lovers in 2010? Here are a few prognostications … An increasing emphasis on value over stature as the recession maintains its downward pressure on wine prices. Consumers will continue to “drink down” and look for wines … Continue reading

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Domaine Saint Gayan Côtes-du-Rhônes 2006, $15

This is one of those wines that is easy to miss. At first, second, even third or fourth taste, it is a pleasant Côtes-du-Rhône, nicely balanced, but not showing a whole lot. Now, 48 hours later, it’s still not showing … Continue reading

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Maipe – Bargain Wines from Argentina

Argentina continues to produce some of the best bargain wines in the market today, even with economic storms above and below the equator. One of my favorite labels is Maipe, with a consistently good line of wines, including a juicy … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Wine Curmudgeon!

The Wine Curmudgeon celebrated a birthday this past weekend. Not the Curmudgeon himself, Jeff Siegel, the Dallas-based wine columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, but the Wine Curmudgeon blog. Jeff started it a year ago, and it has become a … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Barberas

I tried two inexpensive Barberas tonight that make me want to explore more of this food-friendly wine  variety. The first, Castelvero Barbera 2006 Piemonte($12, Vias Imports, NY), is a fruit-forward, grapey wine that reminds me of Beaujolais Nouveau in weight, … Continue reading

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