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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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You Gotta Want The Wine

A ‘wine’ding trip through Mendocino County By Mike Rosenberg A well-timed conference in San Francisco gave my wife and me the perfect opportunity to take a couple of days off, zoom westward, and whisk away up U.S. 101 North. We plowed north past the familiar wine stops to drop anchor in Cloverdale, California, gateway to […]

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Good Bubbly

Good Bubbly By Mike Resenberg Sparkling wine is like any other vino in terms of quality. There are super-cheap headache producers, everyday bottles and loveliness to pull from the cellar when something magical is going on. I won’t touch the first and I’ve talked enough about the second in other columns. Today, we focus on […]

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Quick Hits

10 Wines around $10 for the Season By Mike Rosenberg Ah, the time of the year when big dinners, social events and travel plans thicken on the calendar like grandma’s gravy. If you’re anything like we are, you’re always grabbing a bottle of wine or two to carry along. A few folks have asked me […]

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Drinking Honeyed Sunlight

The Savoring of Sauterns By Mike Rosenberg Close your eyes. Picture standing in the middle of a field of honeysuckle. Breathe in that scent. Now, imagine someone’s picked all of the flowers and drained the nectar into a glass, added a little apricot essence and given it to you to drink. Sip. Taste it. Let […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]