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1931: A very good year

An adventure in finding (and opening) a bottle of Massandra 1931 Ai-Danil Tokay By Mike Rosenberg My dad just turned 80. I could devote many column inches to the enormous impact my father has had on the fabric of so many people’s lives over the years, (Google “John Rosenberg AppalRed” or “John Rosenberg civil rights […]

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A taste here, a taste there

An adventure in unusual (and unplanned) wine pairings By Mike Rosenberg One of my great wine tasting joys is discovery. That’s the kind of experience that made me start writing this crazy thing to begin with. This bolt from the blue can take lots of different forms. I might be impressed by someone’s advice on […]

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What to drink with pizza

The pizza vs. wine showdown gets ugly By Mike Rosenberg Oh, do we love ourselves some pizza around the household. Pizza’s so deliciously egalitarian. Make it however you like it. Toppings? Your choice. Thickness? Your choice. Vegan, vegetarian, carnivore – there’s a ‘za out there for everyone. For me, it can range from indulgence to […]

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Wine with a (re)purpose

The art and genius of repurposing wine By Mike Rosenberg You may have seen “repurposing” cropping up from time to time in various contexts. The first time I saw it, I thought it was first simply a synonym for “recycling,” but I came to understand that it means, “converting something for other than its intended […]

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A wino summer

Great selections of perfect summer wines by  Mike Rosenberg I had the good fortune a few weeks ago to co-lead a wine tasting with my pal Danny, a buyer for a local wine store. The theme of the tasting changed quite a bit during our planning stages. We thought about doing wines from every continent […]

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La Vigna Estate Winery

Just a 90-minute drive to truly authentic Ohio wine By Mike Rosenberg A cloud of road dust stirred up by an early blast of summer heat announced our arrival at La Vigna Estate Winery, just outside of Higginsport, Ohio. Higginsport is a dot on the map along US 52; the road that traces the curves […]

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Guide to Wine and Cheese

Part III (stinky cheese) By Mike Rosenberg After our forays into hard and soft cheeses, the time has arrived to have a peek at the most polarizing province of the cheese kingdom, stinky cheeses. So, what are they and where the heck does that smell come from? With most hard, longer-aged cheeses, the chemical and […]

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Guide to Wine and Cheese

Part II (hard cheese) By Mike Rosenberg Last time, we saw where cheese comes from and looked at a few soft cheeses. I thought we did a pretty decent job of reviewing the cheeses, but my Uncle Alan is a big fan of Brie de Meaux – which I panned. As he put it, “Grasshopper, […]

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Guide to Wine & Cheese

Part I (Soft Cheese) By Mike Rosenberg Mmmm…cheese. Wine and cheese are inextricably linked. Both are the delicious products of well-managed fermentation. Both can be found at almost any gathering where noshables are present. And there are damn near endless varieties of each. An important note of irony – as much as we think of […]

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Two Glasses, Please

Romantic wines that pair perfectly with chocolate By Mike Rosenberg In the interest of full disclosure, Valentine’s Day may be my least favorite holiday. I won’t go off on my long-winded rant about “coming through on February 14,” societal expectation, Hallmark holidays and the like – so I’ll try to focus on the positive. Valentine’s […]

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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 […]