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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 >>
 
Here's the annual Thanksgiving wine list you've all been waiting for. Look the selections over, pair a couple with your holiday meal, and enjoy a spectacular day with family and friends.   Read More >>
 
To loyal readers of this column, I always preach that you should buy a wine for what's inside the bottle and not because you like the fancy label. I must admit, however, I am a sucker for wines featuring dogs on the labels.   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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