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Battle of the boxes

Pinot Noir smackdown – Bota Box vs. Black Box By Michael Rosenberg Photo: Bota Box Pino Noir You drink box wine. I know you do. We’re all friends here. I won’t tell. You close all the blinds and make sure the neighbors aren’t watching before you open the kitchen cupboard to sneak a little splash of […]

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Naked Vine triple play

Malbec! Malbec! Malbec! By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Salentein 2012 Uco Valley Reserve Malbec If you want to peek all the way back to the Naked Vine’s germination, you’ll find a malbec among the first set of wines I ever wrote about. Since then, malbec has remained a go-to grape for many occasions, most of them involving […]

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The red Chardonnay

Show some love for Grenache By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Campo Vieja 2012 Rioja Garnacha I’ve been on a Grenache kick lately. This grape, grown… …wait, come back! Where are you going? This is not a parody column! Get your noses out of the air and belly up to the bar.  I know, I know – your […]

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The ‘First Family of Chardonnay’

By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “‘Middle of the road’ may be curse words in some vocabularies, but for a California Chardonnay, this sort of balance is a sweet spot.” In 1883, German immigrant Carl Wente bought 48 acres of land in Livermore Valley in Monterey County, Calif. and planted a mess of grapevines. Fast-forward to 2014 and […]

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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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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]