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A Tasty and Affordable Wine from Priorat and Feixa Negra

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We’ve been writing about a lot of Spanish wine over the past four months or so, and it has been a great journey. A virtual one to be sure, as we have not physically set foot in the country of Spain, but we can say without question the wine is fabulous and the country looks

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The Top Ten Red Wines from the 2017 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

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It is time to unveil our Top Ten Red Wines from the recently concluded 2017 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival. We have already talked about the white wines, which you can read here, because the overall quality of the whites was noticeable and somewhat remarkable. That does not take anything away from the reds,

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Two Worthy Rhone Values from Ferraton Pere & Fils

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Let’s look at a couple of red wines from the Rhone Valley in France, where there are a lot of grapes in play, and two distinct regions to talk about. The northern Rhone red wines are made with Syrah, whereas in the southern Rhone Valley the Grenache grape takes a more important role, with Syrah

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Top Ten White Wines from the 2017 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

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It was another memorable weekend at the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, and there were excellent wines to be found at every venue. We generally take a bit of time to sort through the wide range of wines tasted to determine the top reds and whites, and generally in that order. You might think

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More Cava Bubbles – the Spanish Series Part 15

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We introduced one of our favorite areas in the world in sparkling wine, Penedès, in our previous article on Spanish wines, which you can read here. In this article we present two additional bubbly Cavas from Penedès, from the Masachs Estate. This brand, Mas Fi, offers some great values. You can read more about the

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Another Great Weekend at the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

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We can now officially put the 2017 Newport Mansions Wine & Food festival in the books, and declare it a full success. There was some weather to contend with on Thursday and Friday, but overall things worked out rather nicely. We managed to get to Rosecliff for the Gala on Friday night, both Grand Tastings

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The Spanish Series Part 14: Penedes and the Bubbly Cava

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Ever since the first monk allegedly created sparkling wine (as the legend of Dom Perignon goes), and implored his brothers to come and see the stars in the glass, the world has been enamored with sparkling wine. From average people to rock stars, Formula One race winners to sports icons, sparkling wine is ubiquitous. There

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An Adult Treat for Halloween – From the Devil’s Cellar!

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Summer is winding down, and soon goblins and ghosts, witches and monsters, and maybe a devil or two will be

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wandering the streets in search of tasty treats. For this review we have something that the adults in the crowd can appreciate, and something that would be perfect for a Halloween

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Newport Mansions Wine & Food Fetival Next Weekend!

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The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival is just one week away! Get tickets for your favorite events now, before they sell out September 21-24, 2017 http://www.newportmansions.org/events/wine-and-food-festival

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A Quick Trip Back to Rioja – the Spanish Series Part 13

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We’re going to take a look at a few more wines from Rioja before we explore a new area in the Spanish series. Previously we had introduced Rioja, and covered several producers in the region. You can read the first article on Rioja by clicking here. This is an ancient

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