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Wine some, lose some

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Whether your candidate or issue won or lost or begins its litigious journey, there are lots of wines to celebrate a hard-fought victory, drown your political sorrows or make the post-election chaos   

Sparkling wines from Burgundy

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2004
When is sparkling wine from France not champagne? When it's from Burgundy. The region most known for producing world-renowned and oft-temperamental pinot noir also offers a category of sparkling whit  

The search for the affordable wine

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 18, 2004
When shopping for wine, "affordable" and "good" are an oxymoron when perusing the pinot noir bins. Part of the joy of wine is discovering those wines that buck against the common notions and rules   

A Rose by another name

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 14, 2004
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet." Shakespeare could have been describing oft-underrated, misunderstood rosé wines, which can also be known as  

The many moods of Zinfandel

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 16, 2004
As the cicadas start to wind down in our backyards, it's time to fire up the grill, just in time for our all-American Independence Day. If you're like me, there's nothing that tastes more like the F  

Validating Valpolicella

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Transformation isn't the sole province of sloppy heterosexual men or tired rooms in a home, as recent makeover shows might suggest. Wines can take on different experience depending on the wine-maki  

I'll Second That

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Sometimes being a wine wonk means being a detective. There are lots of great wine finds out there, but they often require some digging and some sleuthing. There's no better example than "second label  

Idolizing choice, affordable red wines

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Among my prized possessions is a copy of Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, signed by esteemed wine critic, Kevin Zraly. He wrote, "It is easy for me to give you a hundred dollar bottle of   

Tasting your way through a world of wine

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Wine lovers, mark your calendars! The granddaddy of local tastings, the annual CINCINNATI INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL, is fast approaching, bringing together wines and wine lovers for the 13th cons  

A primer to learn about wine

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2004
I was recently asked to serve as a judge for the 2004 Cincinnati International Wine Festival (March 5-6). You don't need to be a wine writer to judge wines -- anyone can sample and assess wine. If