Tag Archives: Wine tasting

Wine for 500 (or how to please everyone without resorting to the lowest common denominator)

Saturday was a big night: a celebration with 500 of my organization’s nearest and dearest donors, volunteers, and friends. I had been mulling over the wine selection for weeks, tasting various options with colleagues and on my own, writing about the results, and even getting suggestions from you, our readers. In the end, the selection […]

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“Argentina: Celebrating Diversity” with Nora Favelukes at the Boston Wine Expo 2012

Saving the best for last, the final seminar of Saturday’s Boston Wine Expo featured Nora Favelukes of Wines of Argentina presenting on “Argentina: Celebrating Diversity.” The full house was entertained, while also being educated on Argentina’s wine, food, culture, and geography. A lot has changed in the Argentina wine industry in the past 20 to […]

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Dinner with David Mirassou: Exploring the Wines of America’s Oldest Winemaking Family

On October 17, I had the pleasure of joining a select group of Boston writers and bloggers for dinner with the wonderfully knowledgeable and charming David Mirassou at The Brahmin. The Mirassou name is certainly instantly recognizable as being one of the most popular California wine brands, not to mention the oldest. Mirassou Winery was […]

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Beyond Malbec: Bonarda, Argentina’s Other Red Grape

Bonarda is the second most popular red grape in Argentina – after Malbec, of course. Nearly 19% of red grape vineyards are planted with Bonarda. The origins of this varietal were under dispute until 2008. Was Bonarda brought to Argentina from Italy’s Piemonte region, where it is known as Bonarda Piemontese? Or was it related […]

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The 2011 Rosé Roundtable Wrap-up

For this year’s Rosé Roundtable, the Wine Dine With Us group sampled eight wines, spanning Europe and the US. We were delighted that there were so many excellent, interesting, and unusual wines in this group. Unlike previous years, there were no duds and no snoozers. And after having had too many bland pinks, it restored […]

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Think Pink – The Rose Society

    On Sunday May 15th, The Rosé Society, a.k.a. Wine Dine With Us, will hold its annual Rosé Roundtable. Before Wine Dine With Us was a blog, we were a tasting group. When we met seven years ago at wine school, our mentor, Bill Nesto MW, encouraged us to form a tasting group to […]

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Brix at Night – An Evening with Terry Theise

  I first came to appreciate Reisling when I began my wine studies at Boston University. For me, it became the most noble of the white grapes. I furthered my appreciation when I met Derek Whitman, wine rep extraordinaire, at the now defunct and much lamented Bueno Queso Social Club. Derek, in charge of beverages for our meetings, preached the […]

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Beyond Malbec: Argentina’s Big Red Blends Roundtable

On a cool, sunny Sunday afternoon, Glenn and I tasted six big, bold Argentine blends. I had been gathering these wines since fall in preparation for a Roundtable tasting. And now with spring, Easter dinner, and grilling season on our doorstep, it was time to finally taste them. While I am, of course, a fan […]

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The Wine Riot – He Said, She Said

GLENN – Let’s get this out of the way at the get-go. I was not the oldest person at the Wine Riot – I was the second oldest. The Second Glass, sponsor of the event, aims for a young demographic and panders to the perception that older wine lovers are  wine snobs ready to shoot down any young […]

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No’easter? No Problem! An Evening with Martine Saunier at Brix on Broad

Businesses, city government, schools, and pretty much everybody heeded weather warnings that a major snowstorm was going to wreck havoc on Boston on February 10.  Closings and cancelations had shut down most of the city. Luckily, the bold Brix Chix and their guest, wine importer Martine Saunier were the exception. Storm or no storm, the […]

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