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Is your summer half empty or half full? Recently, I overheard several people lament that, following the Fourth of July, the summer season "is all but over." Blasphemy! Don't be a summer-doldrums-type person.   Read More >>
Pizza is food, says Marco Caputo, and it should be cooked so that all the ingredients' flavors emerge — some patiently, others powerfully — to be enjoyed as a meal. When Caputo talks pizza, your mouth starts watering for a taste.   Read More >>
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As the summer rolls on and barbecue parties heat up, Riesling is often left by the wayside for other chilled whites. It shouldn't be. Riesling is an embraceable, all-season wine that stimulates the senses with bright fruit and crisp minerality traits.   Read More >>
When I hear "Bonanza," I think instantly of the wildly popular 1960s action-packed western TV series starring Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright and his three disparate sons — Hoss (Dan Blocker), Adam (Pernell Roberts) and Little Joe (Michael Landon) — patrolling the Ponderosa ranch and defending it from unscrupulous bad guys.   Read More >>
Whether a wine costs $10 or $50, the best are those that over-deliver on quality and price. This equates to value. It is the same concept applied every day by millions of consumers hunting for bargains on clothes, cars, food, computers, etc.   Read More >>
Say "Happy Father's Day" this Sunday with a gift of wine. Here are five extraordinary options for the dad and/or grandad on your list. 1. If Dad is a golfer, plant a bottle of Meiomi Pinot Noir ($16.59 at Costco) in his cart.   Read More >>
I'm not being flip when I say, "Drink red wine and help a veteran." As you may know, this week marks an historic day in American and world history. Thursday is the 75th anniversary of the allied forces' D-Day invasion to liberate France — and, later, all of Europe — of Nazi Germany's tyranny.   Read More >>
A real-live rhinoceros has never set foot in Italy, yet Piemontese winemaker Giorgio Rivetti graces his La Spinetta winery bottles with an image of the magnificent animal. Does it have anything to do with the wines?   Read More >>
I've had a transformation. In February, I wrote a blog post on my frustration about drinking wine out of a can. I'm not a wine snob by any means, but lifting a cold aluminum can to my lips only to have the wine rush out and up my nose was nearly debilitating.   Read More >>
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The rain will stop at some point, but even if it doesn't, these summer wines will bring rainbows of delight to your table, as they did mine. ATTEMS RAMATO PINOT GRIGIO 2017, Friuli, $9.95* —Note the asterisk in the price.   Read More >>


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