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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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Wine wizard

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Wright State Dean Emeritus Charles Taylor pairs wine with philosophy By Jim Hannah Photo: Charles Taylor, Ph.D., retired dean of Wright State University’s College of Liberal Arts, philosophizes on wine; photo: Erin Pence He slips it slowly and gingerly out of the cellar wine rack—a dust-furred bottle of Port nearly 40-years-old. Among his thousand bottles of […]

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Hannibal Lecter’s wine faux pas 

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Climb the ladder, not the kill count with Chianti Classico By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Pair a bottle of Chianti Classico with a plate of pasta instead of liver and fava beans I sometimes wonder which fictional character more significantly affected the world of wine—Miles, ranting about the inadequacies of merlot in “Sideways,” or Hannibal […]

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Red, Rioja, Ribera

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Oh, Spanish reds, how do I love thee? By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Tempranillo grapes ripen in the Spanish region of Rioja to produce a flavor like pinot noir’s cherry with the weight of cabernet sauvignon The Naked Vine Rule No. 1 of food pairings is “People make wine to go with the foods they […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]