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Happy 50th Anniversary, Robert Mondavi Wines

Sometimes, we in the wine world are so focused on the latest and greatest cult wine or hottest new trend in wine, that we forget about wines with genuine pedigree and history. Wines that deserve more attention and praise than … Continue reading

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Bastille Day Wines

In America, the Fourth of July celebrates the anniversary of the day we declared our independence from Great Britain. In France, July 14th celebrates the historic day the oppressed citizens of France stormed the Bastille – a prison and citadel … Continue reading

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Red White and Rose for the Fourth of July

When I was growing up, the Fourth of July meant ice cold watermelon, neighborhood cookouts, a parade down Main Street, and – of course – fireworks at the local community college. And beer. Lots and lots of beer. But that … Continue reading

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Red Wines of Portugal

Let’s play a little wine-related word association. What is the first thing that you think of when I say “Portugal?” Port, you say? Naturally. But I bet you didn’t think about value-oriented red wines. And you would not be alone. … Continue reading

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Cool Wine Ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and if you are looking for a memorable gift for the wine-loving dad in your life, think about giving him a present that just might last longer than a bottle of wine… like a book … Continue reading

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The White Wines of Portugal

Portugal, a thin strip of land roughly the size of Indiana, is located on the Iberian Peninsula in Western Europe. Spain literally wraps around the northern and eastern borders while the cool Atlantic Ocean lies to the west. The temperate … Continue reading

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Rose Wines for Summer Sippin’

It’s getting a tad warm out there, and one of my favorite styles of wines for summer sippin’ is Rosé. But, I have to confess, I actually drink Rosé wines all year long. I just use the excuse of warmer … Continue reading

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Summer Wines for Grilling and Chilling

Memorial Day is upon us, and with it comes the hallmarks of Friday backups on the Bay Bridge and sunburned tourists on the Mall. Summer is about to get real in Washington. And while we can expect that it will … Continue reading

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Wine Clubs

This week’s Wine of the Week topic was proposed by none other than our very own Hillary Howard. She has decided to expand her palate and has asked me to research a few of the better wine clubs to help … Continue reading

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The Wines of Goosecross Vineyards

I get the feeling that the word “can’t” is simply not in Christi Coors Ficeli’s vocabulary. And while beer – Coors, to be precise – may be in her DNA, wine is definitely in her soul. After spending time in … Continue reading

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