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I tagged along with the Wine Goddess (my wife Mary Lee) on her recent Costco shopping excursion when I saw this gem in the wine section: Kirkland Signature Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016. She said she was buying salmon for dinner, so I went ahead and put this bottle in her cart.   Read More >>
 
If you're thinking of doing something new and exciting in the new year, why not go on an adventurous food and wine tour -- from home. Sound interesting? It's fabulous. It's also less expensive than going on a wine cruise.   Read More >>
 
It's great to be back, and the new year promises to be very exciting in the wine world. A majority of the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riservas, now aged for more than 60 months, should be coming to market, as well as other long-lived wines that will be sold to consumers for the first time.   Read More >>
 
Is that NBA Hall of Fame great Isiah Thomas now wearing the Cheurlin Champagne polo jersey? Yes, it is. And why not? Thomas, 57, is no stranger to the French bubbly -- even if in an odd way. For years, during his illustrious career with the Detroit Pistons (1981-94), Thomas said he enjoyed his share of wet, wild and elegant championship celebrations when "champagne was poured all over my   Read More >>
 
Bobby "BZ" Zohn was back in North Andover last weekend at the Wine ConneXtion, pouring from his list of "90 points and above" wines based on ratings received from Wine Enthusiast and Decanter magazines as well as top-flight reviewers James Suckling and Robert Parker.   Read More >>
 
Several weeks ago, I published the final exam questions for the Vino Rosso Italian Wine seminar I presented to students at the Nesmith House. I purposely left out the answers, but several readers -- rather annoyed -- complained.   Read More >>
 
Thanksgiving is truly an all-American holiday and, naturally, the pairing of food and wine should be all-American too. At least that's what I used to think. Not anymore. We live in a melting pot of a nation, so why shouldn't the holiday dinner table feature a melting pot of wines?   Read More >>
 
Did Thanksgiving just sneak up on us this year? I don't know about you, but I'm off by a week. To me, Thanksgiving always seemed to fall on the last Thursday of November but this year it arrives a week early -- on Nov.   Read More >>
 
When you think of the world's great wine regions of the world, no one is going to jump up and shout "Umbria." It's neither No. 1 or for that matter No. 100. Yet it's a gem of an undiscovered place.   Read More >>
 
If star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet could have shared a final glass of wine, maybe they would have reached for Famiglia Pasqua's Passione e Sentimento Rosso. It's a red wine made from Corvina, Merlot and Croatina grapes grown in vineyards located not far from the Verona balcony where Juliet was serenaded by her lover in the courtyard below.   Read More >>
 
 

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