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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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Cork & Vine Wine Market & Lounge

A self-serve wine sampling system By Mike Rosenberg At the turn of the century – the 20th century, that is – while futurism was giving birth to dreams of flying cars and regular trips to the moon, a highly modern dining option emerged: fast food. The first fast food restaurants were called automats. Automats were […]

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The Naked Vine

Blush: When In Doubt…Pink By Mike Rosenberg Words to live by when you’re considering food pairings. Few things go better with… well… everything than rosé. As I’ve pointed out in the past, I’m not talking about white zinfandel here. White zin is perfect for making sangria or if your hummingbird feeder has run dry. (And […]

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The Naked Vine

Planet Bordeaux By Mike Rosenberg Friend of the Vine Mike Wangbickler of Balzac Communications recently gave me the opportunity to get a first look at “Planet Bordeaux” – the new marketing project by winemakers in the Bordeaux region. The project’s mission is to help people realize they can afford Bordeaux wines of quality without either […]

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The Naked Vine

A Recap Of The Annual Festival Of The Vine By Mike Rosenberg The demand for red wine in Lincoln Park Commons was low last weekend. Fraze Pavilion’s annual Festival of the Vine, held Saturday, August 14, always brings out a crowd for sampling wine, kicking back to some cool jazz and enjoying a shady afternoon. […]

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The Naked Vine

The Flipside of Syrah – Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris I did a piece in the “wine school” series on the difference between syrah and shiraz. Which is to say, there isn’t one. Same grape. What matters is terroir, vinification and the whims of winemakers. You may remember the basic rule: “Syrah” is the grape’s name in […]

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News of the weird: 03/03

By Chuck Shepherd The Unhoneymoon A Saratoga Springs, New York, resort has begun accepting totally defeated husbands and wives for […]

The Docket: 03/03

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Plausible deniability Officers responded to a nuisance call. […]

Advice Goddess: 3/3

By Amy Alkon The Wicked Witch of the Westin There’s a girl who works at the hotel where my co-workers […]

Chew on this: 03/03

Eating has a mind of its own By Jayne Powers How food and eating manifest themselves in our lives and […]

Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]