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Why not white? Here are two other whites that have captivated the Wine Goddess, Wine Butler and myself over the past several weeks are as follows. Masseria Altemura Fiano Salento, Puglia, $13 -- Fiano is an authentic Italian grape that grows in the volcanic soils in Avellino, northeast of Mount Vesuvius, and in the Salento peninsula.   Read More >>
 
Since world-renowned expert Jancis Robinson scored the 2012 Mullineux White Blend 18 points out of a perfect 20, the South African wine has garnered a lot of attention. Wine Enthusiast and Wine Advocate magazines and other rating houses have followed with 90-point scores or higher over the past four vintages.   Read More >>
 
November is one of my favorite months of the year, when the cooler temperatures herald my wine club FedEx shipments from Washington State. I look forward to the latest vintages from Doubleback, Long Shadows Winery and L'Ecole-- all from the Walla Walla region.   Read More >>
 
These gifts will satisfy the appetites of the food and drink lovers on your list: Fini Cutlery: Two-Pack Gift Set The nubby handles take a little getting used to, but they encourage a proper knife grip by directing the hand into the proper position and enabling fingers to lock in the front and back.   Read More >>
 
You won't find Leg X wine on any store shelves or online distributors. It's a special red Zinfandel crafted by my twin brother John in his Providence, R.I., garage.   Read More >>
 
The Wine Goddess, my beautiful wife Mary Lee, is going all out this July 4 in honor of my 65th birthday (which occurred in May) and taking me on a Bordeaux wine river cruise.   Read More >>
 
There's the old saying "Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day." It's a day of camaraderie and smiles, stews, and corned beef and cabbage.   Read More >>
 
Napa Valley winemaker Joe Wagner put Meiomi Pinot Noir on the map, proving that you can make a quality wine for consumer tastes and achieve commercial success. Some winemakers choose to make wines for themselves, without taking into account what the public prefers in wine.   Read More >>
 
1. Michael David Petite Petit 2014, Lodi, $15 -- Big bang for the buck in this jammy Petite Sirah fruit bomb. 2. Il Valentiano Brunello di Montalcino 2007, Tuscany, $38 -- Time in the bottle has lifted this spirited wine to new heights.   Read More >>
 
With winter's chill in the air and hearty meals like beef stews and pasta Bolognese on the menu, it's a good time to be drinking Chianti. Tuscan winemakers have resurrected this great red wine, made from Sangiovese grapes, since post-World War II days of lazy vineyard management and overproduction cheapened the product.   Read More >>
 
 

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