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I went on a shopping trip last weekend to New Hampshire with the Wine Butler -- my good friend and former Sun photographer Mike Pigeon -- to see if we could cash in on a $25 discount coupon published in this newspaper and a 15 percent sale on Italian wines.   Read More >>
 
It's not true that all California Chardonnay tastes the same. In fact, I'm going to suggest several white wines from different appellations to prove that vineyard locations do matter.   Read More >>
 
Chianti Classico 101. That's this week's lesson. Lesson? Well, I received notification from the Wine Scholar Guild in Washington, D.C., that I passed my final exam, taken March 31, and I am now a certified Italian Wine Scholar.   Read More >>
 
Some of the most impressive and wallet-friendly wines arriving in America these days are coming from vineyards in southern France's Rhone Valley. There's a reason: The location and conditions are exceptional for growing Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre -- the backbone varieties of the famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape red blend that is lusciously captivating.   Read More >>
 
If you're looking for a dry and delicious rosé to get your summer sipping season started, try Chateaux Miraval Cotes de Provence Rosé. It's one of my favorites for relaxing on the deck, reading a book in the pergola, or for welcoming guests before dinner.   Read More >>
 
World-renowned winemaker Nick Goldschmidt will be showing some of his signature Napa Valley wines Saturday at the Wine ConneXtion in North Andover, from 1-5 p.m. The public is invited to attend the complimentary tasting, which offers wine enthusiasts a chance to hear this extraordinary talent speak about his passion for single-vineyard Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.   Read More >>
 
The best deal of the week? Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico Riserva 2014, which is now on sale for $8.47 at Costco in Nashua. This is a steal, and I thank the Wine Goddess, my wife Mary Lee, for her sharp-eyed shopping on a recent trip across the border.   Read More >>
 
On Saturday, I took my Italian Wine Scholar final exam on the wines from Central and Southern Italy. It was more difficult than I had anticipated. It covered 12 regions, including Toscana, Campania, Puglia, Sicily and the island of Sardegna.   Read More >>
 
Once again, I've called out my stable of experts to suggest a variety of pleasing wines for your Easter holiday enjoyment. Jo-Ann Ross of Boston is a licensed wine educator (WSET) who has earned both Italian Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar certifications, respectively.   Read More >>
 
I know there are 16 inches of snow on the ground after the third nor'easter in two weeks slammed into Massachusetts this week, but don't despair. Spring is just around the corner. And that means only one thing: Break out the Burgundy -- or, as we say in America, the Pinot Noir!   Read More >>
 
 

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