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Debonair and (Rico) Soave

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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

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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…

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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”

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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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Epicurean “Wine”

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A French four-pack for the freezin’ season By Mike Rosenberg Photo: The Macon region of southern Burgundy, France It’s cold and dreary. The sun barely peeks out, and when it does, it’s not much help warming things up. These are rich food days, my friends. For me, richer food calls for wine with a backbone of earth, […]

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Crazy for Chianti

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How does a wine so flexible get overlooked so often? By Mike Rosenberg I ask the question for myself, as much as anything. Chianti, the most well-known Italian wine in the U.S., is a delicious, easy to drink wine that pairs up with almost anything. I love the stuff. But, when I make my trips […]

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The 7 vectors of an evolving palate

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By Mike Rosenberg  I lose track of how long I’ve been at this. I first clicked “Publish” on The Naked Vine on Aug. 1, 2006 and I first appeared in print in the Dayton City Paper on Jan. 3, 2007. A lot of bottles have gone into the recycling bin since then. When I look […]

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’Tis the season – for a party!

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The perfect wines for the holidays By Mike Rosenberg   The stretch from Halloween through New Year’s Day is often the most heavily-packed time on most folks’ social calendars. Makes good sense, after all – weather’s getting colder, so we tend to gather in groups with libations in hand to have the occasional dinner party, […]

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The Italian heavy hitter

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The wines of Sagrantino di Montefalco By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Montefalco, Umbria, Italy – surrounded by Sagrantino di Montefalco vineyards Last year, I did a story on 20 Mondi, a project by graphic designer and journalist Michael Loos in which he visited all twenty Italian wine growing regions, focusing on autochthonal grapes. “Autochthonal” is the term […]

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The Old World in the New World

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A look at Turkish wines  By Mike Rosenberg   Photo: Kavaklidere’s Pendore vineyards in the the Aegean region of Turkey; [below] the Pendore Öküzgözü I received an invite to a “Wines of Turkey” guided tasting that sounded absolutely fabulous. The only trouble was the tasting was in Bordeaux, and my travel budget is, shall we say, […]

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Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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A new class at the old school

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