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Part 7 of the Spanish Series – Ribera del Duero and the Wines of Tinto Figuero

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Clearly, one if the great wine making regions of Spain is the Ribera del Duero. Located high in the continental plateau, in north central Spain, and straddling the Duero River, this region is home to some of the iconic names in Spanish wine. Most wine lovers will recognize Vega Sicilia and Pingus, expensive and

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A look at Silkbush Mountain Vineyards from South Africa

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A while back we did a series on South African wineries, focusing on the famous Stellenbosch district in particular (you can start that series by clicking here). There is a wide diversity in South African wine beyond Stellenbosch, with new vineyards and producers expanding into new areas. In this article we will head an hour

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Part 6 of the Spanish Series – Armas de Guerra from Vinos Guerra in Bierzo

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In the northwest corner of Spain, the country is surrounded on three sides by the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean. To the south lies Portugal, and to the northeast lies France. This area is known as ‘Green Spain’. Green Spain’s cool and misty climate forces more attention on grapes which require shorter growing seasons

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Part 5 of the Spanish Series – Off to Toro and the Wines of Bodegas Farina

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After spending time with several producers in Rioja (see the last Rioja blog here), let’s take a journey west, into the high plateau of Castilla y Leon, to one of the rising stars of Spanish wines, and the region around the town of Toro. Toro sits on the banks of the Duero River, just a

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Spectacular Napa Valley Wine from Hourglass – At Gasbarro’s on Federal Hill

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Once again Mark Gasbarro of Gasbarro’s Wines, has presented us with a great opportunity to try some pretty spectacular wine. This time it was Hourglass Winery, from Napa Valley, who presented four wines. All of them were of impeccable quality. None of them were inexpensive, but you don’t really expect that when they are this

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The Art and Science of Bordeaux Futures – a Chat with Hortense Bernard of Millesima U.S.A.

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We have mentioned it before, how our wine journey really took off when we started to appreciate Bordeaux. From there, the rest of the wine world opened in turn, but it was an unlikely bottle of 1997 Chateau Potensac which started it. We ordered this, for no particularly good reason, at a family dinner in

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Product Review: Gunter Wilhelm Thunder Pro Cut Chef’s Knife

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We love to cook, which is not really all that unusual with people who love wine. Cheri and I both enjoy it, and kitchen stores are wondrous places for us. While we can’t really afford them, we love to look at high end pots and pans, $1500 Espresso makers and, of course, world class knives.

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Some Worthy Italians at the Latest Gasbarro’s Wine Tasting

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We’ve said it a hundred times, some of the best wine tastings anywhere are held by Mark Gasbarro at Gasbarro’s Wines on Atwells Avenue in Providence, R.I. They always feature excellent wine, sometimes world class, very expensive wine, and they are free. We’ve tasted everything from Gaia Barbaresco to big name Napa Cab. The wines

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The Spanish Series Part 4 – Rioja Wines from Bodegas Muriel

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In the previous article on the wines of Spain (which you can read here), we looked at two reds from Rioja produced by Viña Equía. Viña Equía makes their wines in the town of Elciego, in Rioja Alavesa. Since 2010 they have been part of the group of vineyards and wineries owned by Bodegas Muriel,

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Dining Review – Baba Sushi & Hot Pot in Sturbridge, MA

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A really good sushi restaurant is hard to find. In Worcester, MA, Baba Sushi has gained a reputation for being just that. We’re not in Worcester very often, but we are frequently in Sturbridge, MA, and it so happens that Baba Sushi opened a second location in this quaint town. This could turn out to

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