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Time to party

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The 4 b’s of holiday wine Photo: Bubbles and blush, Prosecco and rose are two go-to’s for holiday parties By Mike Rosenberg Congratulations, you social animal, you! You scored an invite to a holiday party. People like you…they really like you! I mean, that is, as long as you walk in the door with a […]

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Grape or gin?

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G’Vine Floraison gin speaks French Photo: G’Vine’s Florasion Gin By Mike Rosenburg This week, a new sample of liquid goodness made its way across the threshold at Vine HQ, which was definitely a bit of a change-up for your Wine Guy’s palate. This representative from a family of potent potable not seen before in this space […]

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Down the duero

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Spain’s best wine Photo: Vineyard after harvest in Winter in Spain’s Ribera del Duero. By Mike Rosenberg Let’s pop back over to Spain for a moment, Rioja is not the only game in town when it comes to the fruitful production of grapey goodness. Just a bit south of Rioja flows the Duero River, along […]

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Can you? Should you?

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A naked vine examination of canned rosé Photo: Wine-in-a-can movement continues with Alloy Wine Works 2016 Central Coast “Everyday Rosé” By Mike Rosenberg A couple of our neighbors recently invited The Sweet Partner in Crime and I out on their boat for some fun in the sun out on the Mighty Ohio. I brought along some […]

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Lose your V-card in Italy

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The summer’s perfect Italian wines Photo: Sit back, relax, and dream of Italian wines fit for any summer romance By Mike Rosenberg Breezes off the Mediterranean lightly caress your skin. You lean back, seated under a cerulean sky. Italian summer sun warms you as you feel a single drop of sweat glide down the gentle […]

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From across the Ionian Sea

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Journeying through Greek wines Photo: A vineyard in Santorini, Greece, a popular wine region in the country By Dr. Mike Rosenberg There are wines in the Vine’s archives from all over the world—but one place we haven’t stopped often in our oenological travels is Greece. The Greeks have been making wine longer than anyone else […]

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Rock and roll wine and maker

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Charles Smith’s Wines maintain their reputation Photo: Charles Smith Wines run the gamut of quality varietals at value prices By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Over the Vine’s period of years, I’ve seen wine trends come and go. Wineries merge, brands change, labels change. Early on in my tasting time, I remember hearing about a Washington winemaker […]

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‘L’ marks the spot

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Locations Wine makes European-style blends accessible to Americans Photo: (l-r) French, Italian, and Spanish blends from Locations Wines By Dr. Mike Rosenberg What’s in a name? When it comes to wine, nomenclature can mean a great deal—depending on which country’s soil you’re standing upon…or, more accurately, which country’s terroir you’re about to start slugging on. […]

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A bouquet of Rosés for Mother’s Day

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Best bottles for brunch, dinner, cocktails By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Suprise your mom on Mother’s Day with a celebratory cocktail, like a Rosénade: rosé, citrus vodka, basil, lemon, simple syrup, and club soda The time’s come again, folks—Mother’s Day. The day we thank Mom for changing our diapers, wiping our tears, and laying the […]

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Hannibal Lecter’s wine faux pas 

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Climb the ladder, not the kill count with Chianti Classico By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Pair a bottle of Chianti Classico with a plate of pasta instead of liver and fava beans I sometimes wonder which fictional character more significantly affected the world of wine—Miles, ranting about the inadequacies of merlot in “Sideways,” or Hannibal […]

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Red, Rioja, Ribera

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Oh, Spanish reds, how do I love thee? By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Tempranillo grapes ripen in the Spanish region of Rioja to produce a flavor like pinot noir’s cherry with the weight of cabernet sauvignon The Naked Vine Rule No. 1 of food pairings is “People make wine to go with the foods they […]

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Rosés are pink…

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A victory lap with the Angels of rosé By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: The south of France, where the Naked Vine’s Mike Rosenberg first learned about Provence rosé; photo: Mike Rosenberg Yeah, I’m going to relish this one a little. One of the developments I’ve seen in the U.S. wine market has been the greater […]

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Juicy secrets of The Grape

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10 years on the Naked Vine with DCP’s wine critic By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Mike Rosenberg (right) and his Sweet Partner in Crime, The Naked Vine team, now Psst… stick with me, and I’ll tell you a big wine secret. But before I do, I’m going to take a little me-time. The Sweet Partner in […]

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Shit-hammered at the apocalypse

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Wine selections for the horrors of 2017 By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Take the Night Train to the end the evening So the long nightmare that was 2016 is drawing to a close. As we sit here on the edge of ’17, waiting to see what America’s Orange Era has in store for us, there’s […]

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For goodness…sake?

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Forget the hot sake, treat yourself to a premium bottle of junmai-ginjo By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Once done by foot, the first step of sake production exposes the rice grain through milling or polishing, which determines the sake quality “You know that in the back of every sushi restaurant there’s a guy going, ‘Hey, […]

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Start with the bubbly

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Your guide to Thanksgiving wine buying By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: A big, fruity Zinfandel will complement any Thanksgiving feast The Big Feed is right around the corner, and you gotta buy wine. Since you’re the classy individual that you are, you actually give a rip about how the wine goes with food and you […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]