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Did you feel that even-ing chill in the air this past week? Yes, it's a sign that autumn is fast ap-proaching and that, like the changing seasons, it's time to make a move to the red-wine cellar. To many Cabernet Sauvignon drinkers, there's really no need to panic.   Read More >>
If you're suffering from summer Chardonnay overload, here are few white wines -- and new vareitals -- that can pep up the palate for autumn. * Pieropan Soave Classico 2016, $14.99 -- Nino Pieropan's 50th anniversary vintage is quite a knockout, scoring an outstanding 92 point rating from Wine Enthusiast magazine.   Read More >>
If grapes could talk -- some winemakers insist they can whisper secrets to them -- Italy's more than 1,000 varieties could tell stories about how they fueled papal conquests, Roman legions on the move, and even the seductions of emperors and kings.   Read More >>
Jungle Beauty. La Dolce Vita. Diary of Faith. Ice Carnival. Daydream Believer. These are not summer wines; they are daylilies blooming in the summer gardens circling my home. The Wine Goddess -- my wife Mary Lee -- has carefully nurtured these dazzling gems for years, some from seedlings that she hybridized herself, and she now has 200 varieties popping out with each new glorious sunrise.   Read More >>
Did you know the people of Portugal eat more seafood per capita than any other European, barring the Icelanders?   Read More >>
Every once in a while, I feel the urge for a lip-smacking, grapefruit-driven, crisp Sauvignon Blanc. It started several years ago when the Wine Goddess -- my wife, Mary Lee -- and I took a spectacular fall trip to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.   Read More >>
Just the name -- Terra Mia's Lacryma Christi di Vesuvio Bianco -- is enough to intrigue a curious wine drinker enough to investigate what's in the bottle. So begins today's journey into a truly unique white wine from the Italian province of Campania.   Read More >>
I went on a shopping trip last weekend to New Hampshire with the Wine Butler -- my good friend and former Sun photographer Mike Pigeon -- to see if we could cash in on a $25 discount coupon published in this newspaper and a 15 percent sale on Italian wines.   Read More >>
It's not true that all California Chardonnay tastes the same. In fact, I'm going to suggest several white wines from different appellations to prove that vineyard locations do matter.   Read More >>
Chianti Classico 101. That's this week's lesson. Lesson? Well, I received notification from the Wine Scholar Guild in Washington, D.C., that I passed my final exam, taken March 31, and I am now a certified Italian Wine Scholar.   Read More >>


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