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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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Cracking open the good stuff

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New Kitchen Edition By Mike Rosenberg Photo: The good stuff: Roederer Estate 2002 Brut While the thrust of this column is largely inexpensive wines, I’ll admit that I don’t live on bread alone. I have a wine cellar, although it’s not some cavernous 3,000 bottle temperature-controlled, hermetically-sealed, heavily-fortified safe room. My closet down in “Le Bistro […]

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The naked taste

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A look at Naked Wines By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Da Da Da Chardonnay available online through Naked Wines Not long ago, my father-in-law sent me a voucher for $100 off a case from Naked Wines that he’d received in one publication or other. A Benjamin off a case? A name that already makes me feel like […]

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‘Mmmm … Donuts …’ – and champagne!

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A perfect pairing By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Lite-hearted donut from Busken Bakery in Cincinnati One cold February morning, I opened the ol’ inbox to find an unexpected message from Micah Paldino, public relations director for Busken, a local bakery in Cincinnati (busken.com). He had an interesting proposition for me. To wit: “We have a new 140-calorie […]

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“M” is for “Meatless”

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Wine pairings for vegetarian cuisine  By Mike Rosenberg  Photo: Mango quinoa salad pairs well with malbec and carmenere Astute observers of my monthly column know that I love me some meat. Well, I love most food in general, but I’m not sure that I could ever be a vegetarian. I tried removing animals from the ol’ […]

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Cooper’s Hawk

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A model of (and based on) consistency By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Wine crafted for those who are “looking for something a little different”: the wines of Cooper’s Hawk on display; photos courtesy coopershawkwinery.com I was invited to attend the recent grand opening of a Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant, an “upscale-casual” restaurant boasting a tasting room at each […]

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A little uneven, but not rusted

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The wines of Tin Roof Cellars  By Mike Rosenberg Thanks to Tiffany and the good folks at Balzac Communications, I had the chance to do a rundown of the Tin Roof Cellars portfolio. Tin Roof – a widely-available series of wines from California – produces a slate of reds and whites all available for around $8-9. […]

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Österreichischer Rotwein

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Red wines of Austria  By Mike Rosenberg Quick … “Austria” – what just popped to mind? The Hapsburg Dynasty? Any one of a list of composers longer than my arm? A certain ex-governor of Gully-fornee-uh? Probably. How about wine? “Aha!” a couple of you might say. “I thought about wine! That groovy sounding grape Grüner […]

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Livin’ the dream

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Oregon’s Libra Wines perfects the passion By Mike Rosenberg Our long, twisty road from the baggage claim at PDX to Bill Hanson’s back deck began at Oregon Wines on Broadway in downtown Portland.  One of the wines in their pinot flight was the Libra 2009 Willamette Valley Reserve. We absolutely loved it. Rich, perfectly balanced, […]

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Wine fairies and the unexpected picnic

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New offerings from Robert Mondavi By Mike Rosenberg Robert Mondavi is a ubiquitous label. I’m trying to remember the last time I walked into a wine store and didn’t see at least a few selections from Mondavi. One reason we should all appreciate Mr. Mondavi – back in the 1960s, Mondavi was one of the […]

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Passion for pinot

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Wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley By Mike Rosenberg “If God made anything better, He kept it for Himself.” -William S. Burroughs, “Junky” Oregon, specifically the Willamette (rhymes with “Dammit!”) Valley, is known best for pinot noir. The area is nestled between the low Oregon Coastal Range on the west and the tall Cascades on the […]

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Flights of fancy

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Thirst quenching through samples around Portland By Mike Rosenberg I love doing flights of almost anything. A “flight” usually refers to a set of small samples of wine, but can be beer, whiskey, cola, orange juice, coffee…you get the idea. In general, I differentiate “doing a flight” from a “tasting” since there’s almost always a […]

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Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily […]