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If you are looking for two fun wines for your next summer deck party, I recommend my two new Italian companions -- "Rubio" of Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana and "Blanca" of La Bastarda Pinot Grigio Terre di Siciliana.   Read More >>
 
I've tasted quite a few Sauvignon Blancs in my wine exploration, and few have captured my imagination like Animo Heritage Sauvignon Blanc from Michael Mondavi Family Estate in Napa Valley. It's a premium white, costing $65 a bottle, and only 132 cases were produced in 2015.   Read More >>
 
Michael Kuenzler is walking around with a big smile on his face these days, and who can blame him? Last December, the owner of Four Oaks Restaurant in Dracut made a big bet on Drew Bledsoe's 2014 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon becoming one of the best premium wines of the year.   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 >>
 
'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 >>
 
 

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