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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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Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]