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The only thing missing from a tasting of Nick Goldschmidt's California wines was the winemaker himself. I wrote Goldschmidt an email with several questions about the wines sampled recently at the Wine ConneXtion, and he quickly responded: "Sorry I am out of the country completing harvest down below the equator.   Read More >>
 
What impressed me at the 2017 Boston Wine Expo held in February were the quality of wines on display and their affordable prices. The only problem is finding these wines -- especially foreign products -- in local shops.   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 >>
 
'Tis the season for picking out a special wine for the connoiseur on your list. The Mill City Oenophile Club, comprised of Sun reporters and editors, met recently at Ricardo's Trattoria in Lowell for a splendid evening of food and wine tasting.   Read More >>
 
Cindy and Michael Kuenzler know how to throw a party. A week ago (Dec. 1), the Dracut couple co-hosted a spectacular wine dinner at their Four Oaks Country Club with Doubleback winery owners Drew and Maura Bledsoe.   Read More >>
 
Drew Bledsoe has spent as many years (9) being a farmer of vines as he spent quarterbacking the New England Patriots (1993-2001). Boy, how time flies! Today, at age 44 (he'll be 45 on Feb. 14, 2017) the Patriots' Hall of Famer is still turning out winning seasons but on a different turf -- the sloping, mountainous vineyards of eastern Washington State where he's become one of Walla Walla Valley's leading wine producers.   Read More >>
 
'Tis the season for holiday gatherings and gift-giving.   Read More >>
 
 

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