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There's Chardonnay and then there's Chablis, a dry white wine and also the name of the Bourgogne's northernmost district from which it comes. Chablis is a wine that easily accentuates a sense of place (terroir).   Read More >>
 
The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is 16 days away, and I'm excited. That's because I already have a winner -- not the winning horse -- but the winning wine. Once again, I'll be drinking 14 Hands Winery's Limited Release Kentucky Derby Red Blend with grapes sourced from Washington State's Columbia Valley.   Read More >>
 
It's an exciting time of year for wine lovers. New releases are hitting the store shelves, especially cool spring and summer whites and pink rosés. I think it's going to be a big year for rosé, as more U.S. winemakers are jumping on the bandwagon. A dry rosé is among my favorite patio sippers, plus it also goes well with all kinds of food.   Read More >>
 
Someone asked me the other day if I remembered what I had received for Christmas gifts. I thought hard for a moment and said I couldn't recall exactly. Was this a dementia test, I asked? No, said the friend, explaining that life seems to be a blur these days -- everything's going by so fast.   Read More >>
 
If you're looking for Easter wine selections, here are 19 to consider from my team of local experts. Buy local and enjoy!   Read More >>
 
BILLERICA -- Good Friday is a no-meat zone for Catholics, but a new restaurant in town has plenty of seafood dishes for customers to choose from next week. Livingstone's Seafood and Deli in Billerica, which has been on Boston Road for six months, is gearing up for a busy Good Friday on March 25.   Read More >>
 
You say Vin Santo, I say Vinsanto. What's the difference? Vin Santo (two words) from Tuscany, is made from Italian white grapes trebbiano and malavasia bianca. Vinsanto (one word) from Greece, specifically the island of Santorini, is made with native white grapes Assyrtico and Aidan.   Read More >>
 
I consider spring a time of rebirth for a lot of things, including my palate. Searching out exciting new wines is a favorite past-time, especially those made from unfamiliar grapes and innovative winemakers.   Read More >>
 
If I had to select a Best of Show at the recent 2016 Boston Wine Expo, it would be Bixio Poderi, a small family owned winery (7.2 acres of vineyards) located in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico zone in Italy's Veneto region.   Read More >>
 
Can "New World" Oregon wines match the quality of "Old World" Burgundy wines? For Veronique Drouhin, the winemaker for Domaine Joseph Drouhin's global operations here and in France, the answer isn't complicated.   Read More >>
 
 

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