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Dining Review – Hive Restaurant at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel

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Recently we found ourselves in White Plains, New York for a few nights. Unfortunately it was for a sad occasion, and during times like these it’s nice to have a place to relax and unwind during the evening. Fortunately we happened to stay at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel, and right there in the lobby is

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Dining Review of The Mooring in Newport , RI – and an Unexpected Bottle of 2000 Ornellaia

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We are in Newport several times a year, and generally we end up at The Mooring if we are looking for something to eat in a classy but casual setting without costing a small fortune. This restaurant has just about everything you could want, with outdoor seating right on the water in nicer weather, a

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Seamus Wines – An Unfolding Wine Story

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Let’s start with a question. What do you get when you mix the following things together?

- A father with a career worth of experience in corporate financial operations, negotiation and generally being the most sensible person in the room at any meeting. – A son with a culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University,

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Two Great Value Port Wines for Christmas Celebrations (or anytime)

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We love port wine, always have and always will. While I lean toward older tawnies and well aged vintage ports, there are other options such as Ruby and White Port which are worth considering. Port wine is made in many places, although the quintessential ports are from the Douro Valley in Portugal. You can spend

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A Wine Revelation: I Do Like Touriga Nacional!

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I remember someone called Sam I Am from my childhood (courtesy of Dr. Seuss), who repeatedly asked another individual if they liked Green Eggs and Ham. That other person declared he did not, and stuck to that story for a very long time before reluctantly trying the odd colored egg and pork dish. In the

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A Look at the Wines of Stellenbosch, South Africa : Some History and the Wines of Simonsig

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Most people who like wine and are more than occasional cork poppers are aware that South Africa produces wine. In fact they produce quite a bit, and rank about 8th in production and world wine exports. Their vinicultural tradition goes back to the establishment of the colony , and vines from Europe were planted as

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Good Value Holiday Wines

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, and Christmas soon to follow, let’s list some of the value wines we’ve encountered recently that would make good choices this holiday season. A lot of these are a bit out of the ordinary. None of these are super expensive however, topping out at around $40, and most are

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Portuguese Wines Take #1, #3 and #4 in Wine Spectator’s Top 100!

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If you read this blog you know there has been a lot of Portuguese wine reviewed of late. Since Fred Thurber introduced us to some of the incredible values you can find from that region we’ve been on an expedition of Portuguese wine drinking. We haven’t loved all of them, but we can say that

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The Continuing Evolution of 2001 Louis Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet

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The 2001 Louis Martini Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a very special wine to us. We first encountered it at the Mohegan Sun Winefest, I believe the first year of the event, when the person pouring reached down behind the counter and produced a bottle with the iconic dark red label. It was at

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Value List Southern Rhone – From Ventoux

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We love wines from the Rhone Valley, both the north and the south. Here we journey to the southern climes of the Rhone, and the Ventoux appellation, which lies east of Chateauneuf and surrounds Gigondas and Vacqueyras to the east and south. There are many grapes grown here, but the major ones are Syrah and

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