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Monthly Archives: August 2012

  • Wine trivia for the day: Corked wine

    A corked wine is a wine that has been bottled with a cork that is contaminated with TCA – Trichloroanisole. Sometimes the contamination comes from the barrel  the wine was stored in. In a corked bottle – wine will get worse as its exposed to the air. Cork taint is a set of very undesirable Read More

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  • Collector Series Top Picks

    Artesa continues to fashions outstanding estate bottled Chardonnays, and the property’s 2010 Estate Reserve may be this formidable property’s best Chardonnay to date.  Consequently, our First Top Pick goes to the 2010 Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay.  Drink it now and enjoy it, or lay it down to garner additional complexity.  This Chardonnay will offer great Read More

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  • Premier Series Top Picks

    This month’s Premier Series Top Picks causes me a bit of consternation.  Yeah, it’s the choice thing again.  I’ve always been fond of Italy’s estate bottled white wines.  They stand in stark contrast to the oceans of commercial Soaves and Pinot Grigios that the “industrial producers,” whose names everyone can recite, turn out.  This month’s Read More

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  • Vegetable Panini

    1 loaf round (boule) crusty bread – sliced 1 zucchini -sliced 1 bunch fresh basil leaves 1 small eggplant – sliced 1 red bell pepper – sliced 1 large tomato – sliced olive oil salt & pepper Brush zucchini, eggplant and red pepper with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill vegetables until well Read More

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  • Wines are a lot like kids

    Wines are a lot like kids: on any given day they can make a liar out of you. One day they’re perfectly well behaved, and the next day . . . well you get the picture. Johnny is an angel in school but a devil at home. Mary is just the opposite, sweet as pie Read More

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