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What’s in your glass?

Blending wine has quite the history, as evidenced by this abbey cellarer; photo: Li livres dou santé by Aldobrandino of Siena

A case of the blends By Dr. Mike Rosenberg “I like Cabernet.” “I like Merlot.” “I like Zinfandel.” These are typical responses to “What’s your favorite type of wine?” Simple enough question with a simple enough seeming answer. You love Pinot Noir, for instance. You go to the wine store and head for the sign […]

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A vacation on the vine

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The gustatory glory of Grand Case By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Waking up in Grand Case, St. Martin; photo: Mike Rosenberg   Two days into 2014, the Sweet Partner in Crime and I stepped off a cruise ship in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Powered by a Fodor’s travel guide and the desire to avoid tour groups, we […]

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Reminiscing with Nobilo

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One sip back to the tasting table   One of my first turns on the pouring side of a tasting table was back in 2007 at a fabulous fundraising event called Wine over Water. This annual event, held on the Purple People Bridge over the Ohio River, features gorgeous views of the Cincy skyline and […]

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Champagne Charlie, the lonely widow and bubbles $60 apart

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By Dr. Mike Rosenberg I had the opportunity to try a bottle of pretty high-end Champagne. Specifically, the Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve, which typically retails for somewhere in the $60-70 per bottle range. I was feeling a bit cheeky during a trip to Smaller Wine Store. On a whim, I decided to snag the […]

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The good, the hip and the expensive

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Naked Vine looks at Crus Bourgeois du Medoc,craft beer hipsters and French courts By Mike Rosenberg Before the Naked Vine was but a twinkle in my virtual eye, I was a fairly prodigious homebrewer. This was before the early-aught’s explosion of home brewing. Working out of a closet in my old bachelor pad tucked away […]

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Wining and dining

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The Naked Vine’s guide to ordering wine in a restaurant By Mike Rosenberg You’re out at a nice dinner with your besties. You’ve been to the bar, had a cocktail or two, and the maître’ d has escorted your happy gaggle to the table. Menus are distributed, and your server utters that fateful question: “Who […]

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Sweet vermouth rocks …

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What the heck is vermouth anyhow? By Mike Rosenberg “Do not allow children to mix drinks. It is unseemly and they use too much vermouth.” – Steve Allen. Poor vermouth. A drop too much sends cocktail hipsters into an absolute uproar. Many martini drinkers take great pride in their disdain for this mixer and aperitif. […]

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The bloom of the blending grape

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South American wines showcase Malbec, Tannat By Mike Rosenberg Neighbor Jeff and I make an annual trip to our local Big Wine Store to stock him up for his annual project. Jeff lovingly crafts one delightful meal per month for his lovely wife. As a planner, he prefers to have all his wines in place […]

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Witness them

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Tasting the wines of Macedonia By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “Eighty-five percent of all Macedonian wine is exported, making it an important part of the country’s economy.” Some of my favorite wine tasting days involve sampling from countries whose wines I’ve not yet experienced. If you’ve followed this space for any length of time, you know […]

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Drinking the stars

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The Naked Vine Guide to Champagne and sparkling wine By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “There’s nothing quite like the ritual of cracking open a bottle of celebratory bubbly.” Dom Perignon, the monk who popularized the concept of carbonated wine apocryphally stated, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” upon opening a bottle in the wine caves […]

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Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]