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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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Into the white

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Classy blends from California By Mike Rosenberg Photo:Franciscan Estate’s white blend, Equilibrium   This is a really good wine if you want to impress people. It would be great if you’re serving a nice brunch – or if you’re opening it up for the first bottle of girls’ night.  –The Sweet Partner in Crime on […]

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A wink to the pink

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Exploring the world of dry rosé By Mike Rosenberg photo:  The  Von Schleinitz Pinot Noir Rosé   Few things bellow “Summertime!” better than my favorite warm weather drink, dry rosé. Settle in for a spell, then proudly order something fabulous and fuschia. Now, I know there may be a few insecure souls out there in […]

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The Italian alternative

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The Nero d’Avola varietal  By Mike Rosenberg  Photo: The Poggio Anima 2010 “Asmodeus” Nero d’Avola Quick quiz…I say “Nero.” What pops into your head? How about grapes? OK, now we’re talking … Nero d’Avola is an Italian, predominantly Sicilian, wine grape varietal. As you probably remember, most Italian wines draw their name from the location they’re […]

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Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]

Vitality Check: 6/7/16

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Say ahhhh, cough and…happy birthday By Rocco Castellano Maybe I’m just getting a little more sensitive in my old age… […]