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2005 Bordeaux Drinking Well! – Chateau Destieux

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We reached into the 2005 Bordeaux this week and pulled out a bottle of Chateau Destieux. This St. Emilion wine comes from old vines, and it certainly delivered. We’re not quite sure if it is at its peak yet, but it is close. Very drinkable now it will be good for many years yet,

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Dining Review of Devon Seafood Grill in Hershey, Pennsylvania

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You don’t generally equate good seafood with Hershey, PA. Chocolate obviously. Probably a good steak house as well, but seafood? Imagine our surprise when during a recent visit to Hershey we stumbled upon Devon, a classy, first rate restaurant which knows how to do everything right, but is focused on seafood. If you haven’t

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Extreme Value White Wine – Try a Torrontes!

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This one is a keeper, a great value, complex white wine which just over delivers in a big way. Everyone has heard of Malbec, the red wine of Argentina, and many other places. Malbec is also one of the five red grapes of Bordeaux. Not as many know Argentina’s predominant white grape, that being

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2015 Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival – Two Month Notice!

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The 10th annual Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival kicks off in just over two months, so if you haven’t put it on your calendar yet now is the time. It will be held September 25-27 at various venues, including the Friday night gala Wine and Rosecliff (at Rosecliff of course), the Collectibles Wine

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Extreme Winemaking at Mt. Brave in Napa Valley

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There are mountain vineyards, and then there are mountain vineyards. High atop Mt. Veeder in Napa Valley, breathtaking views evoke a quiet rapture, an appreciation requiring no further explanation or comment. Mt. Veeder speaks for itself.

While visiting in person surely would be the best way to appreciate this land, pictures will have to

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Unexpectedly Good Wines in Hershey, Pennsylvania – Cullari Vineyards and Winery

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Good wine pops up in the most unexpected places sometimes. Take central Pennsylvania for example. This is not exactly a hotbed of wine production, but like most every place in the country these days there are wineries about. We were meeting the kids at Hershey Park for a mini vacation recently, and since

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A Low Cost, Pleasing Summer White Wine Value

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Summer is officially here, and it’s a good time to line up some easy drinking white wines that chill well and deliver value. For us that frequently means Sauvignon Blanc. It could be a Riesling, Vouvray or Furmint as well, among others. There are a lot of options here.

Recently we ran across a

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Repost – Initial Reviews of 2010 Brunellos

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I had the chance to taste a few of the 2010 Brunello releases this past week at a tasting in Providence, at Gasbarros Wines in Providence. This vintage has received rave reviews from all the wine writers, garnering 95+ scores on many wines, and thanks to Mark Gasbarro you could actually try some of

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Review of the Wines of Caymus Tasting at Gasbarros, on Federal Hill

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Last week we attended yet another excellent tasting opportunity at Mark Gasbarro’s as Caymus shipped out their new releases and they were opened for the tasting public. They brought a pretty full range, including the Special Selection Cabernet. One thing that was immediately evident is that prices have jumped a bit this year, with

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The Robert Irvine Foundation – A Very Worthy Cause

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For well over two hundred years the citizens of the United States have thrived behind the shield of the fighting men and women of our armed forces, who willingly place their very lives on the line to protect the freedoms and opportunity we all enjoy. Along with them, their families endure the times away

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