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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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Great Value Red Wine from Bulgaria!

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We stop into Crush Fine Wines in New Bedford, MA whenever we’re in the area. Kristian Vasilev, the proprietor, always has something open and lots of unusual things on his shelves. (You can read a bit about the store by clicking here) The open wines tend to be in the sweet spot for good value,

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Dinner and Beaujolais with The Wines of Georges Duboeuf

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Romain Teyteau from Les Vins Georges Duboeuf

Every now and then I mention one of the unexpected events, wonderful people, or unbelievable wines that make writing this blog worth every hour spent. The great people are everywhere, as it seems to be a prerequisite to working in the wine industry. The other two items

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Early Preview of the 2016 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival!

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Summer is officially here, and it’s time to start looking forward to one of the premier events of the year, which happens at the end of summer – the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival. Now we’re not wishing our summer away by any means, just anticipating an elegant and

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An Outstanding Grenache from Down Under: Yangarra Estate in McLaren Vale

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We haven’t reviewed many wines from Australia recently, which is a bit odd considering we used to buy and drink wine from down under quite frequently years ago. There was a variety or two in the Penfolds line that were regulars in our household, and we also went through a period rather heavy in Shiraz.

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Review of Best Tour’s Boston Cupcake & Desserts Tour

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Recently we ventured into Boston to participate in a cupcake and dessert tour of the Newbury Street area. There was a Living Social special available, and the cost of $80 for four people seemed very reasonable. We were scheduled to visit five different dessert shops. Finding the tour is easy, as it meets at the

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