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Sonoma and the Snowball

A scientific approach to sampling By Mike Rosenberg Photo: The crew at Two Amigos Winery in Sonoma, California show off their wares The Sweet Partner in Crime and I made our first trip to Sonoma County in 2005. Our first stop, before even checking in and unpacking, was Iron Horse Winery, where we cobbled together […]

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Men are from Mars…

Pas de Deux: A wine not meant for me By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Biltmore Estates’ Pas de Deux As you know, the Wine Fairy brings me little gifts from time to time. These samples are generally accompanied by a press kit with tech information, tasting notes and some general information about the wine. I opened […]

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Feeling bubbly?

The fresh bubbles of Franciacorta By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Cavalleri (NV) Franciacorta Blanc de Blancs Brut The common knowledge of Italian sparkling wine begins and ends with two particular types of sparklers: Prosecco and Moscato. Prosecco is the best known. Prosecco is both the name of the white grape used to make the wine and […]

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Under the cork

Fifty Shades of Grey Wines By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Fifty Shades of Grey 2011 “Red Satin” Red Wine It’s the “literally” that got me. I was shopping for Riesling the other day. In the wine store I frequent, the Rieslings are shelved next to the American white blends, and my attention was snagged there by […]

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A community concoction

Dayton Brew Ha-Ha: fermentation, libation, education By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Shane Juhl, owner of Toxic Brew Company holds up a glass at Brew Ha-Ha 2014 Picture a science classroom with a large pot of water, held at a stable temperature, steaming away on a burner. Given supplies of malted grains, hops and other ingredients, students […]

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Calvados

The evolution of apple cider By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Calvados Pays d’Auge V.S.O.P. I got a Twitter follow the other day from @ilovecalvados – which immediately made me first think, “Cool, another follower” followed quickly by “What in tarnation is Calvados?” A quick blast of my ten-finger Google-Fu technique yielded an alcohol-related answer, so I […]

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Debonair and (Rico) Soave

This white wine may be your new holiday favorite By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Bolla “Tufaie” 2012 Soave Superiore Classico: $13 If you came of age in the era when MTV actually played videos, when you hear the pronunciation of “Soave,” an Italian white wine, you immediately get a mental image of Rico Suave. As with […]

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When the spirit moves you

Local millwrights throw the switch on bourbon, moonshine and more By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Flat Rock Distillery’s Brad Measel forklifts a pallet of newly-barrelled StillWrights bourbon into place for aging; photo: Serif Cinar “It’s so funny. We walk by the still every day, shake our heads, and say, ‘The damned thing actually works!’” Shawn Measel, […]

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In this corner…

Super Tuscan and the return of ‘The Heavy Hitter’ By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Perticaia 2009 Sagrantino di Montefalco Fall! The air is cooling, leaves are turning and the menus around Vine HQ are shifting away from the scrumptious salads, soups and lighter fare the Sweet Partner in Crime regularly cobbles together during the warmer months. […]

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Naked Vine one-hitter

Up on the Rúfina By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Frescobaldi Nipozzano Vecchie Viti 2011 Chianti Rúfina Good ol’ Chianti. You’ve got $15 in your pocket and you’re looking for a good table wine to go with a nice dinner you’re planning – and you know you can amble through la sezione italiana and come up with a decent bottle. […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]