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“M” is for “Meatless”


Wine pairings for vegetarian cuisine  By Mike Rosenberg  Photo: Mango quinoa salad pairs well with malbec and carmenere Astute observers of my monthly column know that I love me some meat. Well, I love most food in general, but I’m not sure that I could ever be a vegetarian. I tried removing animals from the ol’ […]

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Cooper’s Hawk


A model of (and based on) consistency By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Wine crafted for those who are “looking for something a little different”: the wines of Cooper’s Hawk on display; photos courtesy I was invited to attend the recent grand opening of a Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant, an “upscale-casual” restaurant boasting a tasting room at each […]

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A little uneven, but not rusted


The wines of Tin Roof Cellars  By Mike Rosenberg Thanks to Tiffany and the good folks at Balzac Communications, I had the chance to do a rundown of the Tin Roof Cellars portfolio. Tin Roof – a widely-available series of wines from California – produces a slate of reds and whites all available for around $8-9. […]

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Österreichischer Rotwein


Red wines of Austria  By Mike Rosenberg Quick … “Austria” – what just popped to mind? The Hapsburg Dynasty? Any one of a list of composers longer than my arm? A certain ex-governor of Gully-fornee-uh? Probably. How about wine? “Aha!” a couple of you might say. “I thought about wine! That groovy sounding grape Grüner […]

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Livin’ the dream

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Oregon’s Libra Wines perfects the passion By Mike Rosenberg Our long, twisty road from the baggage claim at PDX to Bill Hanson’s back deck began at Oregon Wines on Broadway in downtown Portland.  One of the wines in their pinot flight was the Libra 2009 Willamette Valley Reserve. We absolutely loved it. Rich, perfectly balanced, […]

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Wine fairies and the unexpected picnic


New offerings from Robert Mondavi By Mike Rosenberg Robert Mondavi is a ubiquitous label. I’m trying to remember the last time I walked into a wine store and didn’t see at least a few selections from Mondavi. One reason we should all appreciate Mr. Mondavi – back in the 1960s, Mondavi was one of the […]

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Passion for pinot

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Wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley By Mike Rosenberg “If God made anything better, He kept it for Himself.” -William S. Burroughs, “Junky” Oregon, specifically the Willamette (rhymes with “Dammit!”) Valley, is known best for pinot noir. The area is nestled between the low Oregon Coastal Range on the west and the tall Cascades on the […]

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Get right back where we started from


California’s Ravenswood Winery offers quality zinfandel By Mike Rosenberg I have the good fortune to do a fair number of sample reviews in this space. After I finished my recent review of the wines from Biltmore Estates, Lisa at Folsom & Associates and I got into a discussion about grilling. She offered me the opportunity […]

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Smoky Mountain Wine


Wines of the Biltmore Estate By Mike Rosenberg “I never thought this would happen to me. I am an administrator at a small Midwestern college and I was on my way to a conference in Asheville, N.C. …” No, you’re not reading the start of my letter to Penthouse Forum. There are no scantily-clad medical […]

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L is for Loire


Appreciating Loire’s Valley Wine Region By Mike Rosenberg The Loire (pronounced luh-WAHR) Valley wine region is a long, skinny stretch of land that lies along the river of the same name in France. Some of the first evidence of winemaking in France dates to the first century A.D. in the evidence of vines planted by […]

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Beware of the Box


Keeping Your Wine Fresh By Mike Rosenberg I recently left town for a conference and when I returned, I learned the Wine Fairy had visited. A sample pack of Pepperwood Grove wines, courtesy of our friends at Balzac Communications, had appeared. You’ve undoubtedly seen Pepperwood Grove. It’s an inexpensive wine from Don Sebastiani and Sons. […]

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A Quest to Explore Italy’s Regional Winemaking Worlds


20 Mondi By Mike Rosenberg  “Italy is not spaghetti and Chianti wine.” –20 Mondi introduction I imagine Michael Loos sitting at a table in a trattoria in Milan, Italy, musing on his fledgling project, 20 Mondi. “Over the years of living in Italy, discovering the immense varieties of Italian wines, I yearned to share the […]

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For The Love Of Wine

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Twenty Years of Drinking for a Good Cause By Natasha Habib Once a year, Fleurs et Vin brings wine from all over the world to Dayton, Ohio. As approximately 1,000 attendees sample more than 300 different wines and food from 25 local restaurants, they help support local charities. On Fleurs et Vin’s 20th anniversary, drink […]

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A Return to Reisling


K is for Kabinett By Mike Rosenberg I’ve neglected German Riesling for a bit around these parts. Not long after I started the Vine, I was asked in an interview what my favorite wine was. I said something to the effect of “Riesling. It’s tasty and it goes with anything.” That was many moons and […]

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The Alphabet Soup Project

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“J” is for “Jumilla” By Mike Rosenberg I like climate-based cooking. Lighter dishes and salads in spring, cold soups and garden-laced goodness in summer, grilling in autumn, soups and stews in winter — you get the idea. The wacky weather we’ve had has occasionally left me flatfooted. I find it hard to plan a menu […]

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From Burgundy to Bordeaux

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A Basic Primer on French Red Wine By Mike Rosenberg While it’s pretty impractical — and nearly impossible — to run the gamut of French wine in a single tasting, a “‘round the country” on the basics is possible. France looks roughly like a pentagon pointed upwards — work with me here — and almost […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]