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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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“For the Love of God, Montresor…”

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Sherry, or the Obvious Alternatives By Mike Rosenberg Sherry — the name evokes images of deep shag carpet, wide lapels, ruffled blouses and key parties. The quintessential ‘70s drink, every household was required by law to have at least one bottle of cream sherry on hand for highballs and nightcaps. Alternatively, there’s usually a bottle of […]

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The Dreaming Tree

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Dave Matthews turns music into wine By Mike Rosenberg Let’s go drive ‘til the morning comes, Watch the sunrise to fill our souls up. Drink some wine ‘til we get drunk…             — Dave Matthews Band, Crush For the sake of full disclosure, I’ve never been an enormous fan of Dave Matthews Band. I’ve always […]

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A chill in the air

Some reds for your glass as the weather goes cold By Mike Rosenberg Can you feel the chill on the underside of the breeze? It’s a’comin, folks. Real winter weather. Red wine season. I personally go through a lot more white wine in the spring and summer, but when the snow starts to fall – […]

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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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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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When I was a little girl my father had this old, metal box. The front of it had maybe 10 […]

Debate 5/15: Say yes to the dress?

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Ah, prom season. For students, it can be a time of nervous waiting, giddy overthinking, and expensive planning. For parents […]

Ohio is for rockers

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For twelve years, the ultimate destination for hard rock and heavy metal fans has been the Rock On The Range […]

Women rockers sing out

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The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is helping the musical dreams of a select group of women come true.  Earlier this […]

Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily […]