Monthly Archives: May 2011

52nd Annual Birthday Bash

Last night I was fortunate enough to celebrate my 52nd birthday with dear friends. The theme for the dinner was lamb, so the obvious choice for wine was Syrah/Shiraz. Little did I know how overboard my friends would go with … Continue reading

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WTOP Radio Wine of the Week – Wines for the Hammock

Looking for an easy drinking wine to kick back and relax with? Try these tasting, refreshing wines. All they need is a corkscrew and a hammock – and maybe a glass if you plan on sharing… Have a great Memorial … Continue reading

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The Wines of Castello Banfi

In 1978, brothers Harry and John Jr. Mariani’s “impossible dream” was achieved when they returned to their grandparent’s homeland in Italy to establish the Castello Banfi vineyard estate. The Marianis concentrated on increasing the quality of the area’s native Sangiovese grape … Continue reading

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BLT Steak – Shame On You!

Okay – so Eric Titus, co-owner of Titus Vineyards, is coming to town and wants to have lunch with me to taste through his portfolio. I look up his wines and find that he makes BIG red wines. A steakhouse … Continue reading

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WTOP Radio Wine of the Week – Sushi Wines

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when Japanese beer and sake were considered the only acceptable adult beverages to enjoy with traditional servings of maki rolls and nigiri. But all of that has changed, thanks in part to … Continue reading

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WTOP Radio Wine of the Week – Great Wine Bars of Washington

Looking for a place to kick back and enjoy interesting wine samples? Why not try one of the many well-stocked wine bars in the Washington area! Click the link to hear three recommendations in Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC.

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Wines By The Glass at Area Wine Bars and Shops

Not everyone has the luxury of opening bottle after bottle of wine in the name of research, so it’s a good thing that many restaurants and wine shops in the Washington, DC area have starting offering sips and tastes of … Continue reading

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Wines for Mother’s Day as Heard on WTOP Radio

Evidently, Mother’s Day has been around for a long, long time, with origins dating back to early Egyptians who honored Nut, the goddess of the sky. In 1914, the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution making it an official “Day.” So, you’ve … Continue reading

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The Many Flavors of Wine

Why doesn’t wine – made from grapes – taste like grape juice? For example, red wine might have aromas and flavors that include cherries, red berries and strawberries, but not grapes. So, where do all these fruit, spice and other flavors … Continue reading

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Appearance on WUSA Channel 9 Noon News – What Gives Wine Its Flavor

On Tuesday, May 3, 2011, I was fortunate enough to appear on WUSA Channel 9 Television in Washington, DC, to discuss what gives wine its flavor. Click on the link below to check out the 3 minute interview with Jessica Doyle … Continue reading

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