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A Few More Portuguese Wine Values

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After sort of neglecting Portuguese wines for a long time, due to a sometimes troublesome relationship with the Touriga Nacional grape, we were reintroduced to the wines of Portugal at Portugalia Marketplace in Fall River, MA. You can read the outcome of that here. There were some excellent, and I mean excellent, value wines that

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Good Values from Burgundy – Really! Some Wines of Maison Albert Bichot.

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What comes to mind when you think of Burgundy? History certainly, tradition definitely, quality assuredly, but value probably not. Burgundy is home to the most expensive wines in the world.

Yet these wines sell, and some are of cult status. People around the world appreciate Burgundy, and many, many wine aficionados would list this region

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Some Wines to Look For at the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival

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The Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival is coming fast, and there will be a lot of wine. Since you can’t get to all of it you’ll need to be a bit selective, or circle the event tables at breakneck speed. I vote for the former option. Recently I attended the Horizons Beverage Company of

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Wine Preview – Taste for a Cause Charity Event

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The Taste for a Cause charity wine tasting is coming up next Thursday, September 18th at the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, RI, and is raising funds for The Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital. You can read a more in depth preview here. Recently I got my hands on the wine list

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Annual Tasting and Picnic at Diamond Hill Vineyards in Cumberland, RI

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Every year, at least once, we take the short drive up to Cumberland and Diamond Hill Vineyards, laden with picnic basket and always thirsty. Diamond Hill is one of our favorite New England wineries for several reasons. One – they tend to have good wines, always made from 100% grapes or fruit, never a grape

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Reminder – Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival September 19-21

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The Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival is coming fast. Here’s the latest press release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

9th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival Almost Here

Autumn arrives with a weekend of wine, food, seminars and chefs

NEWPORT, RI (September 2, 2014) ­–

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A Chat with John Geber from Chateau Tanunda – Great Wine from the Barossa Valley in Australia

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Very recently I had the chance to meet John Geber, proprietor of Chateau Tanunda, on his Grand Barossa yacht tied up in Newport, RI. I had been referred by a friend, and the more I meet and talk with people in the wine making industry the more it strikes me how genuinely passionate and gracious

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Tasting Portuguese Wines at Portugalia Marketplace in Fall River, MA

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This Saturday we took a short drive down Route 195 to Fall River, to meet fellow wine blogger Frederick Thurber, who covers Southeastern Mass (and more) and has taken a deep dive into Portuguese wines. We’ve always had mixed success with Portuguese wine, some very good, some not so good. Part of the problem

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Lunch at the Morgan House Inn in Lee, MA

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In an old inn sitting right on the main street through Lee, Massachusetts is the tavern at Morgan House Inn. It’s small, with four or so tables in the front enclosed porch, as well as a few in the bar area. The bar only seats 8-10. There is a much larger area that they open

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A Fun, Summer Red Sparkler

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Wine does not have to be epic, complex and breathtaking in nature to be good. Of course we love all of those characteristics, and they are what separate the great wines from the good ones. Yet sometimes you just want something that tastes good, is fun, and makes you happy. This is one of those.

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