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I'm tired of being exploited by the local cable television company. I counted 10 combined taxes, surcharges and fees on my recent Comcast bill, amounting to $16.27 -- or nearly 10 percent of the total monthly bill.   Read More >>
 
While summer whites and rosés dominate the patio sipping, it's the big, bold, mature reds that give greatness to grilling. Steaks, burgers, sweet Italian sausage, kielbasa, pork chops and other meats are a perfect match for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and red blends.   Read More >>
 
There's a new Dark Horse out of California that's caught my eye -- just in time for Saturday's Belmont Stakes. But instead of betting on it, you drink it. It's the maiden vintage (2015) of Limited Reserve Dark Horse Rosé, produced by E&J Gallo Winery of Modesto.   Read More >>
 
The first spring wine tasting of the Mill City Mass Media Oeniphiles Club was a study in contrast: three whites from Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige region and three reds from Tuscany's Chianti Classico zone.   Read More >>
 
If you're holding a Memorial Day cookout this weekend, consider making Napa Valley's Purple Heart red wine the guest of honor. It's not only good, it serves a worthy cause. The Bordeaux-style blend recognizes the sacrifice and service of U.S. military members and promotes the Purple Heart Foundation, a nonprofit which provides assistance to veterans and their families.   Read More >>
 
NEW YORK -- Summer's on its way and that means grilling for many people, so why not try smoking? Steven Raichlen, who wrote "The Barbecue! Bible," has followed with "Project Smoke," also the name of a PBS series he hosts that will launch its second season over Memorial Day weekend.   Read More >>
 
Looking for a summer bargain? How about starting with a 12-bottle case of Chilean wine -- six reds, six whites -- for $96? If you act fast, there's a good deal in Santa Rita Estate's "SR" (Secret Reserve) red and white blends, which cost $8 a bottle.   Read More >>
 
Are you a pushover for wine labels featuring animal art? I am -- especially when loyal dogs and graceful horses are pictured. I don't go much for bear, cat, fish, cow, bull and bird labels. Recently, however, I bought a Tuscan rosé with a Rhinocerous on the bottle.   Read More >>
 
Saturday, May 7, is the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, the 1 1/4-mile race that tests the speed and stamina of the world's best 3-year-old thoroughbreds. This weekend, some wine stores will be holding Run for the Rosés events -- a takeoff on the blanket of roses presented to the winning horse.   Read More >>
 
There's Chardonnay and then there's Chablis, a dry white wine and also the name of the Bourgogne's northernmost district from which it comes. Chablis is a wine that easily accentuates a sense of place (terroir).   Read More >>
 
 

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