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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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Pinkies down, thumbs…

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Would you drink wine from a can? Should you? By Mike Rosenberg Our neighbor, Christine the Pie Queen, relayed the results of a bit of work-related research performed by her loving hubby Jeff, both of whom you may remember from several write-ups over the years. Jeff had uncovered a series of videos produced by Union […]

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New terroir, new tastes

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Sweet or sour? It’s all in the soil By Mike Rosenberg Photo: A Chardonnay from the Elgin region of South Africa, like that from Lothain Vineyard, allows for the creation of “cool climate” wines, which tend to be lighter in body and higher in acidity Terroir comes up quite a bit around here, obviously. To […]

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You know, just ’Koz.

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Smooth jazz, fermented grapes dual headline Festival of the Vine By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Jazz artist Dave Koz will headline Fraze Pavilion’s Festival of the Vine, which features a day-long wine tasting event; photo: Greg Allen Smooth jazz impresario Dave Koz will headline the tenth edition of the Festival of the Vine, an afternoon and […]

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Run for the Rosés

Pink picks from Italy to South Africa By Mike Rosenberg Photo: South Africa’s De Morgenzon “DMZ” 2013 Cabernet Rosé Many countries’ lesser-known indigenous red grapes produce highly tannic wines that are sometimes a little difficult to approach. Faced with such a situation, some producers are augmenting the production of these wines in a way that makes […]

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New life

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The importance of celebrating and decanting By Mike Rosenberg Celebrations abound at Vine HQ! Your intrepid reviewer just had a milestone birthday, coupled with graduating with his doctorate from the University of Kentucky (now you get your wine advice from a certified doctor!) The latter celebration, in particular, means that I can finally get back […]

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Sonoma and the Snowball

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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…

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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?

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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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Summer Sun and Salutations

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]