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Bubbles to beat the brunch backlash

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I casually peruse food articles, as you might guess. One emerging set of hot takes seems to revolve around brunch. Specifically, that brunch sucks. It’s all the same—just dressed up eggs and bacon, they say. Starchy home fries lead to long afternoon naps, crushing the productivity we’re supposed to be chasing in this crazy, overly […]

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P is for Pinot

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When I started writing about wine, one cultural touchstone was a 2004 indie-film-that-blew-up called Sideways. The events of the film surround a wine tasting bachelor trip through Santa Barbara County’s Pinot Noir country. As a film, Sideways may not have held up terribly well, but the movie’s effect on wine consumption continues.

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Italian Double Barrel

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As many of you know, I have a real passion for autochthonal wines. (“Psst…Mike…what the hell’s an autochthonal wine?”) OK, fine. I don’t get to break that term out in everyday conversation. “Autochthonal wine” is just a fancy way to say “wine made from grapes indigenous to the region.” In a place like Italy, where […]

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Grape expectations

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“Old Vine” Zinfandels aren’t for the faint of heart Think Zinfandels come from white grapes? Au contraire, mon frère. By Dr. Mike Rosenberg A friend recently asked me, “So, is Old Vine Zinfandel better than regular Zinfandel?” A good question. After all, if there’s “old vine” wine, why isn’t there “young vine” wine? Let’s explore. […]

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Corkscrewed

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Avoid “Post Refreshment Syndrome” by choosing the right wines Many people complain of wine headaches, even after one or two glasses. Hangovers are another matter entirely. By Mike Rosenberg No one can work with wine without tipping back too much from time to time. The morning after. The headache, the nausea, and the sun, as […]

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Where the wine flows like jazz

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Family-run winemakers JW’s Wine Cellars offers unique varieties for every taste Linda and Jake Wells of JW’s Wine Cellars are ready to tempt your palate with their signature Sangiovese. By Mike Rosenberg “We just like making people happy,” explained Linda Wells, one half of the husband-and-wife duo behind JW’s Wine Cellars, an urban winery located […]

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A brunch’s best friend

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In celebration of Prosecco Prosecco is the perfect sparkling wine for the holidays  By Mike Rosenberg   Since we’ve been on a bit of a sparkling wine kick around here, let’s take a look at another star in the world of inexpensive bubbles: Prosecco, the official sparkling wine of brunches from sea to shining sea. […]

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Time to party

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The 4 b’s of holiday wine Photo: Bubbles and blush, Prosecco and rose are two go-to’s for holiday parties By Mike Rosenberg Congratulations, you social animal, you! You scored an invite to a holiday party. People like you…they really like you! I mean, that is, as long as you walk in the door with a […]

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Grape or gin?

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G’Vine Floraison gin speaks French Photo: G’Vine’s Florasion Gin By Mike Rosenburg This week, a new sample of liquid goodness made its way across the threshold at Vine HQ, which was definitely a bit of a change-up for your Wine Guy’s palate. This representative from a family of potent potable not seen before in this space […]

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Down the duero

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Spain’s best wine Photo: Vineyard after harvest in Winter in Spain’s Ribera del Duero. By Mike Rosenberg Let’s pop back over to Spain for a moment, Rioja is not the only game in town when it comes to the fruitful production of grapey goodness. Just a bit south of Rioja flows the Duero River, along […]

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Can you? Should you?

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A naked vine examination of canned rosé Photo: Wine-in-a-can movement continues with Alloy Wine Works 2016 Central Coast “Everyday Rosé” By Mike Rosenberg A couple of our neighbors recently invited The Sweet Partner in Crime and I out on their boat for some fun in the sun out on the Mighty Ohio. I brought along some […]

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Lose your V-card in Italy

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The summer’s perfect Italian wines Photo: Sit back, relax, and dream of Italian wines fit for any summer romance By Mike Rosenberg Breezes off the Mediterranean lightly caress your skin. You lean back, seated under a cerulean sky. Italian summer sun warms you as you feel a single drop of sweat glide down the gentle […]

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From across the Ionian Sea

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Journeying through Greek wines Photo: A vineyard in Santorini, Greece, a popular wine region in the country By Dr. Mike Rosenberg There are wines in the Vine’s archives from all over the world—but one place we haven’t stopped often in our oenological travels is Greece. The Greeks have been making wine longer than anyone else […]

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Rock and roll wine and maker

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Charles Smith’s Wines maintain their reputation Photo: Charles Smith Wines run the gamut of quality varietals at value prices By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Over the Vine’s period of years, I’ve seen wine trends come and go. Wineries merge, brands change, labels change. Early on in my tasting time, I remember hearing about a Washington winemaker […]

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‘L’ marks the spot

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Locations Wine makes European-style blends accessible to Americans Photo: (l-r) French, Italian, and Spanish blends from Locations Wines By Dr. Mike Rosenberg What’s in a name? When it comes to wine, nomenclature can mean a great deal—depending on which country’s soil you’re standing upon…or, more accurately, which country’s terroir you’re about to start slugging on. […]

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A bouquet of Rosés for Mother’s Day

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Best bottles for brunch, dinner, cocktails By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Suprise your mom on Mother’s Day with a celebratory cocktail, like a Rosénade: rosé, citrus vodka, basil, lemon, simple syrup, and club soda The time’s come again, folks—Mother’s Day. The day we thank Mom for changing our diapers, wiping our tears, and laying the […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]