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“O” is for “Oak”

Wood is good By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Estancia 2011 Monterey County chardonnay Go to any winery and you’ll find oak barrels everywhere being used for fermenting wine, for storage or just for decoration. Obviously, there’s some reason, for years, wine and barrels have been united in the wine drinker’s consciousness. Why do winemakers use barrels? For […]

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Crazy for Chianti

How does a wine so flexible get overlooked so often? By Mike Rosenberg I ask the question for myself, as much as anything. Chianti, the most well-known Italian wine in the U.S., is a delicious, easy to drink wine that pairs up with almost anything. I love the stuff. But, when I make my trips […]

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The 7 vectors of an evolving palate

By Mike Rosenberg  I lose track of how long I’ve been at this. I first clicked “Publish” on The Naked Vine on Aug. 1, 2006 and I first appeared in print in the Dayton City Paper on Jan. 3, 2007. A lot of bottles have gone into the recycling bin since then. When I look […]

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’Tis the season – for a party!

The perfect wines for the holidays By Mike Rosenberg   The stretch from Halloween through New Year’s Day is often the most heavily-packed time on most folks’ social calendars. Makes good sense, after all – weather’s getting colder, so we tend to gather in groups with libations in hand to have the occasional dinner party, […]

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The Old World in the New World

A look at Turkish wines  By Mike Rosenberg   Photo: Kavaklidere’s Pendore vineyards in the the Aegean region of Turkey; [below] the Pendore Öküzgözü I received an invite to a “Wines of Turkey” guided tasting that sounded absolutely fabulous. The only trouble was the tasting was in Bordeaux, and my travel budget is, shall we say, […]

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Into the white

Classy blends from California By Mike Rosenberg Photo:Franciscan Estate’s white blend, Equilibrium   This is a really good wine if you want to impress people. It would be great if you’re serving a nice brunch – or if you’re opening it up for the first bottle of girls’ night.  -The Sweet Partner in Crime on […]

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A wink to the pink

Exploring the world of dry rosé By Mike Rosenberg photo:  The  Von Schleinitz Pinot Noir Rosé   Few things bellow “Summertime!” better than my favorite warm weather drink, dry rosé. Settle in for a spell, then proudly order something fabulous and fuschia. Now, I know there may be a few insecure souls out there in […]

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The Italian alternative

The Nero d’Avola varietal  By Mike Rosenberg  Photo: The Poggio Anima 2010 “Asmodeus” Nero d’Avola Quick quiz…I say “Nero.” What pops into your head? How about grapes? OK, now we’re talking … Nero d’Avola is an Italian, predominantly Sicilian, wine grape varietal. As you probably remember, most Italian wines draw their name from the location they’re […]

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Cracking open the good stuff

New Kitchen Edition By Mike Rosenberg Photo: The good stuff: Roederer Estate 2002 Brut While the thrust of this column is largely inexpensive wines, I’ll admit that I don’t live on bread alone. I have a wine cellar, although it’s not some cavernous 3,000 bottle temperature-controlled, hermetically-sealed, heavily-fortified safe room. My closet down in “Le Bistro […]

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The naked taste

A look at Naked Wines By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Da Da Da Chardonnay available online through Naked Wines Not long ago, my father-in-law sent me a voucher for $100 off a case from Naked Wines that he’d received in one publication or other. A Benjamin off a case? A name that already makes me feel like […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]