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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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Get right back where we started from

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California’s Ravenswood Winery offers quality zinfandel By Mike Rosenberg I have the good fortune to do a fair number of sample reviews in this space. After I finished my recent review of the wines from Biltmore Estates, Lisa at Folsom & Associates and I got into a discussion about grilling. She offered me the opportunity […]

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Smoky Mountain Wine

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Wines of the Biltmore Estate By Mike Rosenberg “I never thought this would happen to me. I am an administrator at a small Midwestern college and I was on my way to a conference in Asheville, N.C. …” No, you’re not reading the start of my letter to Penthouse Forum. There are no scantily-clad medical […]

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L is for Loire

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Appreciating Loire’s Valley Wine Region By Mike Rosenberg The Loire (pronounced luh-WAHR) Valley wine region is a long, skinny stretch of land that lies along the river of the same name in France. Some of the first evidence of winemaking in France dates to the first century A.D. in the evidence of vines planted by […]

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Beware of the Box

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Keeping Your Wine Fresh By Mike Rosenberg I recently left town for a conference and when I returned, I learned the Wine Fairy had visited. A sample pack of Pepperwood Grove wines, courtesy of our friends at Balzac Communications, had appeared. You’ve undoubtedly seen Pepperwood Grove. It’s an inexpensive wine from Don Sebastiani and Sons. […]

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A Quest to Explore Italy’s Regional Winemaking Worlds

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20 Mondi By Mike Rosenberg  “Italy is not spaghetti and Chianti wine.” –20 Mondi introduction I imagine Michael Loos sitting at a table in a trattoria in Milan, Italy, musing on his fledgling project, 20 Mondi. “Over the years of living in Italy, discovering the immense varieties of Italian wines, I yearned to share the […]

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A Return to Reisling

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K is for Kabinett By Mike Rosenberg I’ve neglected German Riesling for a bit around these parts. Not long after I started the Vine, I was asked in an interview what my favorite wine was. I said something to the effect of “Riesling. It’s tasty and it goes with anything.” That was many moons and […]

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The Alphabet Soup Project

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“J” is for “Jumilla” By Mike Rosenberg I like climate-based cooking. Lighter dishes and salads in spring, cold soups and garden-laced goodness in summer, grilling in autumn, soups and stews in winter — you get the idea. The wacky weather we’ve had has occasionally left me flatfooted. I find it hard to plan a menu […]

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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 […]