Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category

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Bordeaux ~ Impressionist Alfred Smith ~ partie onze

(Le quai de Bacalan le soir ) is a full bodied image calling for a full bodied wine. Let’s say a Left Bank Bordeaux, because it’s quite substantive and a bit mysterious, just as the wharves at Bacalan are so described in texts.

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Q&A ~ Do you wanna come out and play?

Remember those fun days, when you had more friends than you had chores? Hide and go seek, kick the can, dancing in your friend’s living room, and playing a good game of Monopoly were your greatest joys… Then we all grew up. Today’s games surrounding wine have such solitary and serious goals… “Should I go […]

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Thinking About the Mountaintop ~ Justin Style ~ While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Good, better, best: never let it rest, until the good is better and the better is best…

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Verona ~ The Cesari Vineyard of Verona ~ prima parte

As I’ve written about Portugal, To Understand a Wine, Once Must First Understand its People. Now, it’s my time to learn about Verona, Italy: The customs of its people, its foods and wines, art and music, its landscapes, and its history. This is all for the purpose of understanding Cesari wines and what makes the […]

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Wine of the Week ~ 2015 biokult Zweigelt Rosé of the Niederösterreich

Einstein’s brain, upon examination, revealed that he had an extra-ordinary connection network. For each memory, his patterns were like looking at the interconnections of a busy railroad yard. To really begin to gain info about wines, reading their unique stories, where they’re from, who made them and why, tasting them… These are the interconnections of […]

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Consider Hyposmia ~ the aging palate

Probably not too many people in this lifetime want to admit that their palates are on the wane. No awards are given for fessing up, and it will definitely work in one’s disfavor, but I’ve always been one for telling it like it is, not like it isn’t… I’ve got to thank Dan Berger for […]

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One of 80 and darned happy to be #IAMarone

Do I love adventure? I have wings on my feet, if you don’t know. And I’m a storyteller, which you may also not know… So, this Email arrived. Hi Jo, Cesari Vineyard of Verona, one of the finest Vineyards of the Valpolicella region is celebrating 80 years of producing some of Italy’s greatest wines this […]

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In the morphing of time, what once was, becomes what is new again

[Artwork by John Tewey, Portland Maine Rotary Club] People in Maine sent me off with the tribute to the right. By December 29, 1992, I was on a plane with husband, kids, pets, and all of my earthly belongings… With thoughts of, “Would I ever have such appreciation and understanding again?” Now, when the grape […]

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PS I Love You Report Card, 14 years later

Reviewing the Mission Statement “To promote, educate, and legitimize Petite Sirah as a heritage variety, with a special emphasis on its terroir uniqueness.” Since 98 percent of its terroir being California, we’ve got that covered. This mission statement was created after the first Petite Sirah Symposium. Since 2002, when winemakers had stated that publicity had […]

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Wine of the Week ~ 2014 Trivento Reserve Argentinean Blend of Cabernet-Malbec

Rich and ripe fruit, with a dusty, smokey character… The finesse is very much there, like a fine Stetson cocked to the right on a gentleman farmer, overlooking his vineyard… The 2014 Trivento Reserve Argentinean Blend of Cabernet-Malbec ~ Delicious… Some day, I’ve got to get to South America… Specifically, Mendoza Argentina. In the 90s, […]