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Virgins welcome, sometimes

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A lesson in olive oil By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Olive grove in Thasos, Greece Ever wondered why many olive oils are marketed as more virginal than Steve Carell? The good folks at Ancient Olive Trees asked me to sample some of their artisanal olive oil. One nice thing about my little wine adventure is […]

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Money where your mouth is

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Investing in Italian wine and earthquake relief By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Montefalco is best known for cultivating the Sagrantino grape The good folks in Umbria must have had a couple of good recent harvests. I keep seeing more and more wine from there, specifically from the Montefalco area, showing up on my doorstep and […]

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Cool climate malbec

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Domaine Bousquet’s deep dark grapes By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: The Andes backdrop the Domaine Bousquet vineyards   This space has a long history with malbec, the varietal that has become the national wine and biggest export from Argentina. Malbec was one of the first wines I ever reviewed around here. Malbec’s popularity really took off […]

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What’s in your glass?

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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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Acinum and the renaming of Italian wine

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By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Acinum Amarone, a (slightly more) inexpensive take on an expensive Italian wine. Just when I think I had this whole Italian wine naming convention down pat, I come to learn that those folks have gone and changed the rules on us. Actually, this happened a few years ago, but the newly […]

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Sherry, sherry baby

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It’s more than just cooking By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Flor, a solid layer of yeast, develops on the bottom of a sherry cask While the Sweet Partner in Crime and I have been enjoying our recent Tapas Tuesdays kick, I received an offer to sample a few bottles of sherry. Sherry’s popularity peaked in the […]

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A quick trip north

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The wines of British Columbia By Mike Rosenberg Photo: The Painted Rock winery is located in the Okanagan Valley in the town of Penticton The jumping off point for my summer vacation with the Sweet Partner in Crime was Vancouver. Neither of us had ever been up to that particular area of the Pacific Northwest, […]

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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 […]