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Annual Pizza Wine Review

Where did the summer go? How did we get all the way through the heat and humidity of the August – which actually wasn’t as torrid as usual this year – and slide so quickly into September and the hustle … Continue reading

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Labor Day Wines for a Labor-Pain-Free Day

Call me a romantic, but I like to hold on to summer as long as I can – and that includes through the Labor Day weekend. And since the warm temperatures and palatable humidity has not quite receded into distant … Continue reading

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Perfect Wines for a Perfect Weekend

Summer is winding down and the transition into fall provides weekends that seem to have the perfect combination of moderate temperatures and low humidity. This is the time of year when you want to spend each weekend on the deck … Continue reading

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Celebrating Four Years of Wine of the Week with Naked Chardonnays

Over the last four years, we have covered a lot of wine on WTOP Radio’s Wine of the Week Segment. This week’s Vine Guy Column marks the fourth anniversary of the first segment – so I thought it would be … Continue reading

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Remarkable Pinot Noirs from Oregon Discovered at This Year’s IPNC

Oregon has long been known for its spectacular scenery and fertile soils, but it hasn’t been until the early 1980’s or so that the state began to achieve international recognition as a major wine-producing region. Willamette Valley, roughly an hour’s … Continue reading

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Pinot Noir From Around The World

Many winemakers agree that the pinot noir grape is one of the most difficult varietals to grow and vinify, due in part to its thin skin and persnickety nature. But I can tell you that when pinot noir is good, … Continue reading

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White Wines for the Dog Days of Summer

Well, I think it is safe to say that summer has hit Washington like a filibuster filling the senate floor with hot air. The notorious Washington summer has sent the thermometer into the blistering territory. And it is the humidity. … Continue reading

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French Wines for Bastille Day – WTOP Radio Wine of the Week

It is said that on Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. And while I think the same analogy can be drawn that everyone is French while celebrating the famous date that commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, I would … Continue reading

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Kings of the Hill – The Tasting Panel Magazine Checks Out Schneider’s of Capitol Hill

The Brothers Anderson were known for having a knack for telling wonderful tales, but the Brothers Rick and Jon Genderson have a knack for knowing wine. And believe me, they have a lot of wine to know about. The Gendersons are … Continue reading

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Exclusive Interview with Robert M. Parker, Jr.

For my first assignment with The Tasting Panel magazine, I was given the privilege of interviewing the most famous wine critic in the world, Robert M. Parker, Jr. While I consider Bob a friend, it is still an honor that … Continue reading

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