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Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • Don’s February Premier Series Top Picks

    This month’s first Top Pick is a no brainer.  The 2009 Château Barreyre clearly stands out as an extraordinary example of what Bordeaux can deliver for a price most of us can afford.  The prodigy of an overachieving Petit Château in a fabulous vintage the 2009 Château Barreyre delivers everything one could ask from a Read More

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  • To Screw or Unscrew the Cap Re-visited

    Nearly ten years ago I wrote a feature entitled, “To Screw or Unscrew the Cap” in which I made a case for metal screw caps.  A decade ago cork finished nearly every fine bottle of wine and the Stelvin metal cap was a relative novelty, except among Australian and New Zealand wineries. The prevailing sentiment Read More

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  • Red Wine Spaghetti with Seared Scallops

    We’re cooking with wine this Valentine’s Day! 1 bottle dry red wine 3 cups water 1 tsp salt 13.25 oz box whole wheat spaghetti 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 small garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1/2 cup walnuts (2 oz), toasted and coarsely chopped 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Read More

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  • SprinkleBakes Red Wine Lollipops

    As Valentine ’s Day quickly approaches, we thought that we would share something we stumbled upon that is fun and unique, SprinkleBakes Red Wine Lollipops! With just a few ingredients, this could be a great way to share your love of wine with your special someone! Visit SprinkleBake’s website for the recipe!

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  • What to Look for in 2013

    I am always looking for wines that are not yet on the tip of everyone’s tongue.  Some are relative newcomers, others are ancient varietals whose many attributes are just being discovered or re-discovered in the case of Mencia. Mencia is a red Spanish grape varietal found primarily in the Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras appellations Read More

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