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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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Flank steak, salty chemistry and South African wine

Celebrating a delicious braai tradition By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Mulderbosch 2011 Chenin Blanc Steep op Hout I love flank steak. Love it. It’s perhaps my favorite cut of meat. Think about it. You walk into a grocery store with a $20 bill. You grab a beautiful two-pound wad of cow from which you can serve generous […]

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Battle of the boxes

Pinot Noir smackdown – Bota Box vs. Black Box By Michael Rosenberg Photo: Bota Box Pino Noir You drink box wine. I know you do. We’re all friends here. I won’t tell. You close all the blinds and make sure the neighbors aren’t watching before you open the kitchen cupboard to sneak a little splash of […]

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Naked Vine triple play

Malbec! Malbec! Malbec! By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Salentein 2012 Uco Valley Reserve Malbec If you want to peek all the way back to the Naked Vine’s germination, you’ll find a malbec among the first set of wines I ever wrote about. Since then, malbec has remained a go-to grape for many occasions, most of them involving […]

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The red Chardonnay

Show some love for Grenache By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Campo Vieja 2012 Rioja Garnacha I’ve been on a Grenache kick lately. This grape, grown… …wait, come back! Where are you going? This is not a parody column! Get your noses out of the air and belly up to the bar.  I know, I know – your […]

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The ‘First Family of Chardonnay’

By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “‘Middle of the road’ may be curse words in some vocabularies, but for a California Chardonnay, this sort of balance is a sweet spot.” In 1883, German immigrant Carl Wente bought 48 acres of land in Livermore Valley in Monterey County, Calif. and planted a mess of grapevines. Fast-forward to 2014 and […]

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“O” is for “Oak”

Wood is good By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Estancia 2011 Monterey County chardonnay Go to any winery and you’ll find oak barrels everywhere being used for fermenting wine, for storage or just for decoration. Obviously, there’s some reason, for years, wine and barrels have been united in the wine drinker’s consciousness. Why do winemakers use barrels? For […]

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Advice Goddess: 8/25

By Amy Alkon   A Force To Be Reckoned Whiff  My new boyfriend travels a lot for work. Before he […]

Chew On This: 08/25

More than a study’s findings about soda By Jayne Powers Food pairings have earned their reputations: bread and butter, wine […]

Worth your salt

What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add […]

News of the weird: 08/25

By Chuck Shepherd Pets of the 1 Percent “The worshipful treatment of pets may be the thing that unites all […]

A taste of something local

Taste of Troy spotlights local eateries By Katie Christoff Photo: Taste of Troy takes place Sept. 19 in Downtown Troy; […]

25 years, 25,000 acres

Tecumseh Land Trust, local artists partner in natural landscapes exhibition By Tara Pettit Photo: Steven Walker, The Other Side of […]