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Visit to Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, CT

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On a hot, but otherwise beautiful, summer day in New England several weeks ago we took a drive out to North Stonington and visited the Jonathan Edwards Winery. It has been several years since our last visit here, and definitely time to catch up on the winery and the wines. We’ve seen them at wine

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Dining Review: Tavolo in Smithfield, Rhode Island

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Last week we stopped in at Tavolo Wine Bar & Tuscan Grill in Smithfield, RI. We were armed with a groupon, hungry and thirsty, and completely unaware of what to expect. Surprise can be good and bad. Let’s see which way this one went.

The restaurant is in a rather interesting spot with multiple buildings

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Does Freezing Affect Wine? Let’s See with Wines from Smith-Madrone

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It’s early August, the temperatures are regularly surpassing 90 degrees, and it’s hot out there! Logically we should be writing about which rosé to be drinking and refreshing, chilled summer sippers. To me it seems like the perfect time to talk about something cold, and we have just the thing. Actually we had three things,

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Save the Date – Gasbarro’s “Taste for a Cause” Friday, October 21, 2016

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The Fall wine tasting event schedule is fast approaching. Let’s highlight another that deserves your consideration, and which provides needed funds to a worthy cause. We’ve attended Mark Gasbarro’s event at the Aldrich Mansion for the previous two years, and it is a thoroughly enjoyable evening filled with great wine, good food and lively conversation

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Back to France Part 6: The Maconnais and Wines from Maison Matisco

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Let’s get back to France for a bit here, and continue the series on French wines which has been a theme throughout this year. You can start the series by clicking here. For this article, we’ll stay in Burgundy, but only barely. Just north of Beaujolais, the Maconnais represents the southern border of what is

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Exciting News from Chateau Tanunda – Bordeaux Style Blends Coming from New Area

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Here’s a recent press release from Chateau Tanunda, a Barossa Valley farm and winery in Australia. We reviewed some of their wines and interviewed John Geber, the proprietor, a while back. (you can read about that by clicking here) John just struck water in the Eden Valley, and this will enable a project that will

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Preview of the 2016 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival – Seminars!

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Somehow the time goes by faster every year, and it’s hard to believe that the 2016 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival is drawing near, happening at several venues this September 22-25. This year brings some changes in format, and you will definitely want to check it out. The seminars expand a bit and change

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Dining Review – Sitti in Raleigh, NC

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If you find yourself in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina you can be sure there will be no shortage of restaurant choices when you get hungry. There are a lot of them, representing every type of cuisine. We had to make that difficult choice last week and opted to try something a bit different, Sitti. This

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Charles Krug 2013 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – Solid All Around

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We were just in Raleigh, North Carolina visiting family, and found ourselves with a free afternoon. Part of that afternoon ended up being spent sitting in the comfy bar at Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse, where we felt in need of red wine. It was 96 degrees outside, but that somehow left us undaunted (air conditioning is

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Rich, Full Bodied Red from Puglia – Under $20!

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Let’s travel to the heel of the Italian boot to find a rich, full bodied red from a non-traditional grape, and one which won’t break the bank. From the Puglia region (or Apulia in Italian), this wine is completely treated in stainless steel, with no oak. The depth is surprising.

This is another of the

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