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Great Wines from Israel and Domaine du Castel

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While on our way out of the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival last year, we walked by a table with wines from Israel. At that point we had exactly zero experience with Israeli wines, and we weren’t really expecting much. Still, the Wine Spectator had just done a big spread on the wine industry

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Boston Wine Expo Feb 18-19. Here are the Chefs!

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The Boston Wine Expo is next weekend, February 18 and 19, and will be bringing wine and food galore. As usual, there is a great seminar lineup. The celebrity chefs will also be cooking furiously, and here is the latest press release on that. If you’ve got some free time you might check this out.

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Vina Maquis Viola 2009 – Premium Wine from the Colchagua Valley

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Here we have one more article on a Chilean winery, a Chilean wine, and a continuing trend of excellent juice.

Vina Maquis will soon be celebrating its 100 year anniversary. Founded in 1916 by the Hurtado Family, Maquis is one of the oldest wineries residing in the Colchagua Valley, and has been owned for four

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Some Wines to Buy from the Mohegan Sun Wine & Food Fest

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We just attended the 2017 Mohegan Sun Wine & Food Fest, at least the Saturday Grand Tasting portion of it. This event was held between 12 noon and 5:00, and featured over 1000 wines, craft beers and spirits. Celebrity chefs provided cooking demonstrations, and many local restaurants were serving up food.

This event is different

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Furmint Day!!!! – Wednesday, February 1st

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What could be better than Furmint Day? Wait, what’s that? What is Furmint? Ahhhh, good question.

Furmint is a white grape indigenous to Hungary. It has traditionally been one of the two primary grapes in Tokaji (which used to be known as Tokay, sometimes Royal Tokay). Typically this is a sweet dessert wine, anywhere from

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Mohegan Sun Wine & Food Fest This Weekend!

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This weekend we kick off the 2017 wine event calendar with the Mohegan Sun Wine & Food Fest. Here’s the info on the Saturday Grand Tasting:

Noon – 5:00pm – Saturday, Jan 28th Uncas Ballroom

Sample over 1,000 varieties of wine and beer during the Sun Wine & Food Fest Grand Tasting! Sip some of

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Matetic Vineyards and the EQ Syrah 2012 – More Chilean Greatness

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Over the last few years we have tried many outstanding wines from Chile, and our appreciation the country’s vineyards and winemakers continues to grow. They certainly make wonderful value wines, and have for decades. What many might not realize, however, is that they also make incredibly high quality wines across the price spectrum. Our #3

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Dining Review – Saffron in Morrisville, NC

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Over the Christmas holiday we found ourselves in Morrisville, NC, visiting family. One of our forays out for food brought us to Saffron, in a strip mall near a Harris Teeter supermarket. The setting screamed strip mall food, and the inside really didn’t scream anything differently, but the proof is what’s on the plate. The

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2014 Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Claret – Not the Best Option

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Here’s a quick wine review of the 2014 Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection, Black Label Claret. This is a wine we used to drink quite frequently several years ago, along with others from this line of wines. They have been quite good over the years. So we picked up a bottle of the 2014 version

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Final Thoughts on the Wines of 2016 – It’s a Great, Big, Beautiful Wine World Out There

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Let’s wrap up the just concluded year with some final thoughts. When I look back at 2016, I realize that there were some familiar wines which shined as expected, but there were more unexpected ones which grabbed our attention. You can see that a bit in our list of the Top 25 Wines of 2016

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