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Getting Down to Basics: Wine 101 Infographic

Ah, where would we be without the now ever-present infographic to explain and clarify our world? The fine folks at Tiziano Wine recently reached out to me to share this clever “Wine 101” infographic. It includes some handy trivia like the Top 10 Wine Producing Countries and tips such as Ideal Serving Temperatures for different […]

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In My Glass: 2010 Fischer Sauvignon Blanc (Baden, Germany)

It is not often that one finds German Sauvignon Blanc on US wine store shelves. In fact, as recently as 1995, Germany did not grow any Sauvignon Blanc. According to the Deutsches Weininstitut’s annual report, a mere 0.5% of Germany’s vineyards – a grand total of 581 hectares – were planted with Sauvignon Blanc in […]

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Beyond Malbec: 2007 Bodega Sottano Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

Bodega Sottano is a relatively new winery based in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.  The winery focuses their efforts on Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and has a fairly small production of less than 60,000 cases per year. In the glass, the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva was a deep, saturated, fresh-looking purple. The nose was complex and […]

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In My Glass: Château La Tour Grise ZEC Rosé

The Château La Tour Grise ZEC Rosé undoubtedly will be one of the most memorable rosés – if not the most memorable – I enjoyed during the summer of 2013. Made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes, which are certified biodynamic and organic, the ZEC is both evocative and delicious. We enjoyed the wine over two evenings. […]

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In My Glass: 2008 Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Benefizium Porer

I knew better. I knew better than to buy this bottle of Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Benefizium Porer from the 2008 vintage, and released a year later, in 2013. I knew better after having perused the store’s dusty, dark aisles laden with straggler bottles of wine from vintages long past.  And I certainly knew better […]

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In My Glass: 2009 Bonny Doon Ca’ Del Solo Muscat

It might have had me fooled.  If I had blind-tasted the 2009 Bonny Doon Ca’ Del Solo Muscat I might have guessed that it was actually an Argentine Torrontés. It bears some of the hallmarks I associate with Torrontés – floral notes, orange blossom, honeysuckle. The association should not be surprising given that the Muscat […]

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In My Glass: 2010 Alois Lageder Haberle Pinot Bianco

My enduring fascination with the wines of Alto Adige continues, and the spring months are some of the best times to enjoy wines from this region of northeast Italy. (Though, in truth they should be enjoyed all year round!) The Alois Lageder Haberle Pinot Bianco is a straw yellow, with a clear, bright appearance in […]

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Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference Marches On!

Glenn and I would like to extend a huge “Congratulations!” to Seth Resler for successfully funding the Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference!  Seth’s Kickstarter funding campaign closed last week after reaching 106% of the initial goal.  Great work, Seth! We’re looking forward to the conference, which will take place Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September […]

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In My Glass: 2009 Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva

I have been a fan of Brancaia Tre for several years. The very well-made and well-priced Super Tuscan has been a regular on my dinner table, and it was definitely time to try another of Brancaia’s offerings, the Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG. Chianti Classico has to be a minimum of 75% Sangiovese, with up to […]

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In My Glass: 2008 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape

One of Glenn and my favorite winemakers at the Boston Wine Expo for the past two years has been Olivier Hillaire. Last year he represented the wines himself; it’s always a real treat to have the winemaker pour you a sample of his creation, especially when the wines are very good. This year we were […]

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