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Spanish winemakers are crafting beautiful, inexpensive wines, and their products continue to grow market share in the United States and the rest of the world. For years, these wines were the world's best-kept secrets.   Read More >>
 
Chiaretto is exclusively an Italian wine phenomenon. The word refers to a dry Italian rosé made in the beautiful Lake Garda region that straddles the provinces of Lombardia and Veneto. The chiaretto process dates back to 1896, when lawyer Pompeo Molmenti used knowledge gained in France to delicately press red grapes at his Lake Garda vineyard and quickly vinify the free-run juice   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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