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Awash in Beer – Mystery Meet at Meadhall

 It was a dark & stormy night…  At WineDineWithUs, we’ve been developing a thirst – and appreciation – for beer. When Seth Resler invited us to host the re-launch of Myster Meet, we concluded that a craft beer dinner would be just the thing. Craft beer has become an ever-expanding force on the culinary/epicurean scene. To […]

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Join Wine Dine With Us for the Revival of Mystery Meet

In our 2011 year-end series “Picks and Pans, Rants and Raves“, Katrin cited Mystery Meet as both a pick and a pan – a pick because she enjoyed attending the meet-ups very much and a pan because Mystery Meet had gone on hiatus with an uncertain future. When Seth Resler, creator of Mystery Meet, read her assessment, […]

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My Northfield Cheese Plate

Late August in Northfield – warm bright days, cool nights. The Connecticut flows low and lazy. In The Valley, the yearly glut of corn and tomatoes. What more could one want? Why cheese, of course. Where once the adage “Things go better with bacon” was au courant,“Things go better with cheese” is timeless. In preparing […]

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Spotlight – Lunch at Del Frisco’s

Executive Chef Derek Barragan and Mindy Valone of CM Communications    During the recent Great Recession, one of the casualties were the number of lunch covers at restaurants.   In response, many restos opted out of lunch service or offered truncated menus. Even though leisurely two – or even three – martini  lunches have long been a […]

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Beach Wine – 2010 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Vin Blanc Côte-du-Rhône

My beach pal Gail usually chooses the wines for our surf’ ‘n’ sand excursions – and she does a fine job. However, I thought it time to pull my own weight so I decided to commence a search for beach wines. Lately, I’ve seen recommendations for said wines that approached the $20 mark. And since […]

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And Emptier Still…

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about WineNation in Millbury and how empty its shelves were.  I in the area yesterday and decided to stop in to see if there had been any improvements.  It was hard to believe, but the shelves and space were even emptier! Even less wine, fewer beers, dwindling […]

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An East Coast-West Coast Beer Slam – with Cheese

Kristen Sykes, founder of BABES (Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts) is a contributor to WDWU. Her expertise is in beer. On Wednesday, June 27th the Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts Society (BABES) were taken on a whirlwind tour of tastes and sensations by one of the top beer guides in the world, Nicole Erny. Last winter Mz. Erny […]

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WDWU Recommends – Wines for a Red, White and Pink Fourth

Red –  for the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats   2010 Finca Las Nubes Malbec (Valle de Cafayate, Salta)   I had originally added the Finca Las Nubes Malbec to a comparison of two other Malbecs from Salta, Argentina. But then I tasted it. It was distinct, complex, and utterly enjoyable; in other words, a wine that […]

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Rosé Society – 2011 Commanderie de Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix en Provence

A Classic There is this temptation to write a maudlin idyll about sipping rosé while lolling aboard a yacht on the French Riviera. Yet this post has a less histrionic slant in that it’s time to get back to basics – rosé basics that is – and look at a classic expression of Provencal rosés. The Commanderie de la Bargemone is an […]

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Quintessentially Summercentric – 2011 Saint-Peyre Picpoul de Pinet Coteaux de Languedoc

  The Lip Smacker Be patient – summer is coming. And when it does, this is a wine to be drunk. I reviewed the previous vintage of this wine and was looking forard to the release of the current one. From southern France where warm weather wines achieve perfection, Saint-Peyre is wonderfully uncomplicated and refreshing. […]

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