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In My Glass: Fall Pinot Noirs from Germany’s Pfalz and Rheinhessen Regions

No other varietal evokes autumn with its bright skies, colorful foliage, brisk days, and crunchy earthiness like Pinot Noir. Quite simply, it is simply fall in a glass. No doubt, my impression can be traced back to having traveled to some of my favorite Pinot regions, including Willamette Valley, North Fork Long Island, and Sonoma […]

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In My Glass: El Malbec 2006 de Ricardo Santos (Mendoza)

It’s been so long now, that I cannot remember how Eleni and I became fascinated with Mendoza’s Ricardo Santos and his wines. But in any case, this bottle of Malbec from the 2006 vintage had been waiting for a comparative tasting of aging, mid-priced Argentine Malbecs that never happened. It was finally time to open […]

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Spencer Trappist Ale – The First American-made Trappist Ale

If the buzz over the past few weeks is any indication, the inaugural release of the first and only Trappist ale made in the United States is tantamount to, well, the Second Coming or something equally monumental. I succumbed to the excitement, too, in part because it is coolly hyper-local. Spencer Trappist Ale is brewed […]

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In My Glass: Tierra de Léon’s Prieto Picudo Shines

Though it is nearly impossible to know and taste all of the grape varietals grown in Spain – there are, after all, several hundred types of grapes being cultivated there today – there is one that every rosé lover needs to know: Prieto Picudo. I recently compared two Prieto Picudo rosés: Tampesta Rosé and Rubus […]

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My Shortest Wine Review Yet! 2012 Charles & Charles Chardonnay

2012 Charles & Charles Chardonnay Washington State In short: undrinkable. Watch it Going Down the Drain… Purchased at Table & Vine for $11.99.

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Holiday Cocktails with Martini’s Rosso Pink Vermouth

Unquestionably, our favorite holiday cocktails last year were ones based on Martini’s Rosso Vermouth.  While Glenn enjoyed this pink Vermouth chilled, on the rocks during the summer months, I felt that the Rosso’s spicy aromas and flavors – particularly those of cinnamon and clove – make it a natural for festive Christmas-time libations. Chef Nigella […]

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In My Glass: 2001 Pugliese Vineyards Riesling (North Fork, Long Island)

I don’t consider myself to be overly sentimental, but sentimentality is the only way I can explain how I managed to keep a bottle of Pugliese Vineyards’ 2001 Riesling. It was the last bottle of a case that my father, who passed away several years ago, and I brought back from a quick trip to […]

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A Battle Between Wine and Beer? Not Here…

Even though we – the four founders of the Wine Dine With Us blog – met while studying wine at Boston University, we all have an abiding affection for beer. It has never been a case of “either or” but rather a question of which wonderful beverage complements the meal or suits the occasion better. […]

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Beyond Malbec: 2011 Bodegas Escorihuela Gascón Colosal

I braced myself as I poured the 2011 Don Miguel Gascón Colosal red blend for the first time. Colossal: the name suggests enormous, immense, powerful. Would this be a tannic monster of a wine? Will my teeth be stained purple permanently? Would it need to sit and breathe for hours before being drinkable? Not at […]

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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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