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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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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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Holy Grail or Gimmick – The Coravin Wine Access System

The Coravin Wine Access System is simply put either the Holy Grail of wine conservation or just another gimmick. Created by Greg Lambrecht, an inventor of medical devices, the Coravin allows wine to be accessed and served without introducing oxygen into the bottle. Oxygen is both boon to and bane of wine. Oxygen can be essential in the […]

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Glasshaus Wines – A Community Supported Winery

    Are you a supporter of local agriculture? Do you have a CSA? Yet  has that weekly box of farm fresh produce become problematic? A surfeit of kale? An onslaught of zucchini? A tsunami of tomatoes? If you find yourself in this situation, perhaps you should support an equally righteous endeavor but one, though certainly […]

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Day 2 of the Boston Wine Expo: What Not to Miss!

  Glenn and I had a fabulous first day at the Boston Wine Expo.  Don’t let a little snow deter you from making the trip for the second day of the Expo.  There is simply far to much to taste, smell, see, and learn to stay at home! Clearly you want to be able to […]

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WineNation’s Official Apology to Customers: Too Little, Too Late?

Over the past several months – actually a couple of years now – I have posted my thoughts on WineNation.  More recently my posts have been about the severe lack of wine on the shelves there (see “The Big Empty: What Happened to the ‘Wine’ at WineNation”  and “And Emptier Still“).  After avoiding the store […]

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Welcome to the NEW and Improved Wine Dine With Us!

“ex malo bonum” Out of evil comes good. The Wine Dine With Us blog is proof of that. If you tried to visit our site in late September, you would have received a message that you were about to enter a “reported attack page.” Hackers had gotten into our blog and inserted malicious code, which […]

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Zweigelt #1 – 2009 Ecker

   On October 28th, Bin Ends held one of their “Fine Wine Flea Markets”. It was a nice affair – numerous distributors with numerous wines at discounted prices. Yet I wasn’t after “fine wine”, I was looking for “plonk” or as I’ve come to call it, vin ordinaire. My new terminology may be a bit […]

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Hurricane + Cold Canadian Air Mass = Yankee Comfort Food

The hackneyed watchword for the day is “hunker down” and the collision/collusion of a warm moist hurricane and a cold northern air mass makes for a day best spent at home. As I write, the wind intensifies; the rain still fitful. I head to the kitchen – comfort food is called for and not just any comfort […]

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Sherry Update – Barbadillo Amontillado

    As the weather cools, my diet changes from white wines to red – autumn leaves yield Cote du Rhones. Likewise, I switch out the Fino sherry I so enjoy in the summer for Amontillado – fuller bodied and flavored to match the sweater weather. I’m reminded of the piece former Globe wine columnist […]

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