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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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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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Rosés are pink…

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A victory lap with the Angels of rosé By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: The south of France, where the Naked Vine’s Mike Rosenberg first learned about Provence rosé; photo: Mike Rosenberg Yeah, I’m going to relish this one a little. One of the developments I’ve seen in the U.S. wine market has been the greater […]

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Juicy secrets of The Grape

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Champagne Charlie, the lonely widow and bubbles $60 apart

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By Dr. Mike Rosenberg I had the opportunity to try a bottle of pretty high-end Champagne. Specifically, the Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve, which typically retails for somewhere in the $60-70 per bottle range. I was feeling a bit cheeky during a trip to Smaller Wine Store. On a whim, I decided to snag the […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]