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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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From Burgundy to Bordeaux

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A Basic Primer on French Red Wine By Mike Rosenberg While it’s pretty impractical — and nearly impossible — to run the gamut of French wine in a single tasting, a “‘round the country” on the basics is possible. France looks roughly like a pentagon pointed upwards — work with me here — and almost […]

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“For the Love of God, Montresor…”

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Sherry, or the Obvious Alternatives By Mike Rosenberg Sherry — the name evokes images of deep shag carpet, wide lapels, ruffled blouses and key parties. The quintessential ‘70s drink, every household was required by law to have at least one bottle of cream sherry on hand for highballs and nightcaps. Alternatively, there’s usually a bottle of […]

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The Dreaming Tree

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Dave Matthews turns music into wine By Mike Rosenberg Let’s go drive ‘til the morning comes, Watch the sunrise to fill our souls up. Drink some wine ‘til we get drunk…             — Dave Matthews Band, Crush For the sake of full disclosure, I’ve never been an enormous fan of Dave Matthews Band. I’ve always […]

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A chill in the air

Some reds for your glass as the weather goes cold By Mike Rosenberg Can you feel the chill on the underside of the breeze? It’s a’comin, folks. Real winter weather. Red wine season. I personally go through a lot more white wine in the spring and summer, but when the snow starts to fall – […]

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1931: A very good year

An adventure in finding (and opening) a bottle of Massandra 1931 Ai-Danil Tokay By Mike Rosenberg My dad just turned 80. I could devote many column inches to the enormous impact my father has had on the fabric of so many people’s lives over the years, (Google “John Rosenberg AppalRed” or “John Rosenberg civil rights […]

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A taste here, a taste there

An adventure in unusual (and unplanned) wine pairings By Mike Rosenberg One of my great wine tasting joys is discovery. That’s the kind of experience that made me start writing this crazy thing to begin with. This bolt from the blue can take lots of different forms. I might be impressed by someone’s advice on […]

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What to drink with pizza

The pizza vs. wine showdown gets ugly By Mike Rosenberg Oh, do we love ourselves some pizza around the household. Pizza’s so deliciously egalitarian. Make it however you like it. Toppings? Your choice. Thickness? Your choice. Vegan, vegetarian, carnivore – there’s a ‘za out there for everyone. For me, it can range from indulgence to […]

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Wine with a (re)purpose

The art and genius of repurposing wine By Mike Rosenberg You may have seen “repurposing” cropping up from time to time in various contexts. The first time I saw it, I thought it was first simply a synonym for “recycling,” but I came to understand that it means, “converting something for other than its intended […]

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A wino summer

Great selections of perfect summer wines by  Mike Rosenberg I had the good fortune a few weeks ago to co-lead a wine tasting with my pal Danny, a buyer for a local wine store. The theme of the tasting changed quite a bit during our planning stages. We thought about doing wines from every continent […]

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La Vigna Estate Winery

Just a 90-minute drive to truly authentic Ohio wine By Mike Rosenberg A cloud of road dust stirred up by an early blast of summer heat announced our arrival at La Vigna Estate Winery, just outside of Higginsport, Ohio. Higginsport is a dot on the map along US 52; the road that traces the curves […]

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Guide to Wine and Cheese

Part III (stinky cheese) By Mike Rosenberg After our forays into hard and soft cheeses, the time has arrived to have a peek at the most polarizing province of the cheese kingdom, stinky cheeses. So, what are they and where the heck does that smell come from? With most hard, longer-aged cheeses, the chemical and […]

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

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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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]