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Juicy secrets of The Grape


10 years on the Naked Vine with DCP’s wine critic By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Mike Rosenberg (right) and his Sweet Partner in Crime, The Naked Vine team, now Psst… stick with me, and I’ll tell you a big wine secret. But before I do, I’m going to take a little me-time. The Sweet Partner in […]

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Shit-hammered at the apocalypse


Wine selections for the horrors of 2017 By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Take the Night Train to the end the evening So the long nightmare that was 2016 is drawing to a close. As we sit here on the edge of ’17, waiting to see what America’s Orange Era has in store for us, there’s […]

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For goodness…sake?


Forget the hot sake, treat yourself to a premium bottle of junmai-ginjo By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Once done by foot, the first step of sake production exposes the rice grain through milling or polishing, which determines the sake quality “You know that in the back of every sushi restaurant there’s a guy going, ‘Hey, […]

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Start with the bubbly


Your guide to Thanksgiving wine buying By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: A big, fruity Zinfandel will complement any Thanksgiving feast The Big Feed is right around the corner, and you gotta buy wine. Since you’re the classy individual that you are, you actually give a rip about how the wine goes with food and you […]

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Virgins welcome, sometimes


A lesson in olive oil By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Olive grove in Thasos, Greece Ever wondered why many olive oils are marketed as more virginal than Steve Carell? The good folks at Ancient Olive Trees asked me to sample some of their artisanal olive oil. One nice thing about my little wine adventure is […]

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Money where your mouth is


Investing in Italian wine and earthquake relief By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Montefalco is best known for cultivating the Sagrantino grape The good folks in Umbria must have had a couple of good recent harvests. I keep seeing more and more wine from there, specifically from the Montefalco area, showing up on my doorstep and […]

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Cool climate malbec


Domaine Bousquet’s deep dark grapes By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: The Andes backdrop the Domaine Bousquet vineyards   This space has a long history with malbec, the varietal that has become the national wine and biggest export from Argentina. Malbec was one of the first wines I ever reviewed around here. Malbec’s popularity really took off […]

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What’s in your glass?

Blending wine has quite the history, as evidenced by this abbey cellarer; photo: Li livres dou santé by Aldobrandino of Siena

A case of the blends By Dr. Mike Rosenberg “I like Cabernet.” “I like Merlot.” “I like Zinfandel.” These are typical responses to “What’s your favorite type of wine?” Simple enough question with a simple enough seeming answer. You love Pinot Noir, for instance. You go to the wine store and head for the sign […]

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A vacation on the vine

Rainbow from our balcony at L'Esplanade, Grand-Case

The gustatory glory of Grand Case By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Waking up in Grand Case, St. Martin; photo: Mike Rosenberg   Two days into 2014, the Sweet Partner in Crime and I stepped off a cruise ship in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Powered by a Fodor’s travel guide and the desire to avoid tour groups, we […]

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Reminiscing with Nobilo


One sip back to the tasting table   One of my first turns on the pouring side of a tasting table was back in 2007 at a fabulous fundraising event called Wine over Water. This annual event, held on the Purple People Bridge over the Ohio River, features gorgeous views of the Cincy skyline and […]

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The good, the hip and the expensive


Naked Vine looks at Crus Bourgeois du Medoc,craft beer hipsters and French courts By Mike Rosenberg Before the Naked Vine was but a twinkle in my virtual eye, I was a fairly prodigious homebrewer. This was before the early-aught’s explosion of home brewing. Working out of a closet in my old bachelor pad tucked away […]

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Wining and dining


The Naked Vine’s guide to ordering wine in a restaurant By Mike Rosenberg You’re out at a nice dinner with your besties. You’ve been to the bar, had a cocktail or two, and the maître’ d has escorted your happy gaggle to the table. Menus are distributed, and your server utters that fateful question: “Who […]

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Sweet vermouth rocks …


What the heck is vermouth anyhow? By Mike Rosenberg “Do not allow children to mix drinks. It is unseemly and they use too much vermouth.” – Steve Allen. Poor vermouth. A drop too much sends cocktail hipsters into an absolute uproar. Many martini drinkers take great pride in their disdain for this mixer and aperitif. […]

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The bloom of the blending grape


South American wines showcase Malbec, Tannat By Mike Rosenberg Neighbor Jeff and I make an annual trip to our local Big Wine Store to stock him up for his annual project. Jeff lovingly crafts one delightful meal per month for his lovely wife. As a planner, he prefers to have all his wines in place […]

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Drinking the stars

sparkling wine

The Naked Vine Guide to Champagne and sparkling wine By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “There’s nothing quite like the ritual of cracking open a bottle of celebratory bubbly.” Dom Perignon, the monk who popularized the concept of carbonated wine apocryphally stated, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” upon opening a bottle in the wine caves […]

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Acinum and the renaming of Italian wine


By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Acinum Amarone, a (slightly more) inexpensive take on an expensive Italian wine. Just when I think I had this whole Italian wine naming convention down pat, I come to learn that those folks have gone and changed the rules on us. Actually, this happened a few years ago, but the newly […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]