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Two Great Whites – Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio From Slovenia!

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There are so many areas throughout the world producing good wine, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of them. The two wines showcased here are a prime example, produced in the Brda (pronounced beer-da) region of Slovenia near the Italian border, and providing excellent value in crisp, delicious white wine. If this is any indication

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James Bond, Terroir and Salumi – Review of the Seminars at the 2014 Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival

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With so much to do at the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival you just can’t get to all of it, but we certainly gave it our best this year. One change that helped along those lines was the move of the Saturday and Sunday seminars into the Chinese Tea House, right there on the

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Barcelona Restaurant, A Little Spain in Stamford, CT.

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We recently found ourselves in Stamford, CT on a Saturday night facing the decision of which restaurant to go to. We had just attended the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival, so we had several choices from that event, as well as a large number of local places covering every ethnic food group you could think

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Wine Spectator Recognizes Casey Flat Ranch – Finally

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We’ve been ranting about Casey Flat Ranch wines for over a year now. Their 2010 Estate Red is one of our favorite wines anywhere, period. Their 2012 CFR Sauvignon Blanc got us drinking white wine again, and now it’s spreading (go figure!). We love just about everything they make, and think they’re all great values.

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Even More Good Value Wines From Portugal

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We’ve been reporting on our recent excursions into the Portuguese wine market, and have been uncovering some pretty screaming values along the way. You can read about our earlier experiences here and here. In this blog we’ll share three more wines that have stood out, and this time the reds actually include Touriga Nacional in

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A WHALE of a Wine Event in New Bedford

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This past weekend the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (or WHALE) held heir annual Wine Festival and Auction on the State Pier in New Bedford, MA. Generally we would not even have known about this, as we are more in the Providence area, but blogger Fred Thurber sent us the info. A lot of the wines

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Dining Review of the Old Lyme Inn in Old Lyme CT. – Near The Florence Griswold Museum

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On the way to the recent Greenwich Wine and Food Festival we stopped in Lyme, CT to grab some dinner. A perusal of available choices and their menus led us to try the Old Lyme Inn. We had actually been inside this building years before, stopping to check it out on our way back from

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2014 Pinot Noir Harvest at Diamond Hill Vineyards

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If at all possible I like to break away for at least a morning and go to pick grapes during the harvest at a local New England winery. Two years ago I made it to Saltwater Farms on a glorious fall day. This year the beginning of the Pinot Noir pick at Diamond Hill happened

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Wines of Antinori Tasting at Gasbarro’s – October 2014

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Here we report on yet another outstanding wine tasting hosted by Mark Gasbarro, of Gasbarro’s Wines on Federal Hill in Providence. This time the wines belong to the Antinori Family. Ten wines were open and pouring, and Marco from Antinori was manning the table with the big guns. I started, appropriately, with the whites and

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Review of the 2014 Greenwich Wine and Food Festival

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We just returned from the 2014 Greenwich Wine and Food Festival, and overall a good time was had once again. This really is more of a foodie event, with lots of food vendors, celebrity chefs, burger battles and even a food truck corner. There was scotch, bourbon, tequila and lots of beer. There was also

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