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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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The Spanish Series Part 3: Rioja from Viña Eguía and Bodegas Muriel

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Let’s continue our look at Spanish wines with another winery in the Rioja region. We introduced Rioja in our last blog, which you can read here. This, at least to me, is the traditional heart of Spanish wine. It is one of only two regions to be awarded the highest wine quality designation in the

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The Spanish Series Part 2: Rioja and the Wines of Ramón Bilbao

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The wines of Spain are varied, high quality and great values. They are also not high on every wine drinker’s list, overshadowed by the more en vogue regions and media promoted producers. Yet every wine drinker should know the wines from Spain, and we introduced the topic in our previous blog (which you can read

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The Spanish Series Part 1: Intro to Spanish Wine

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There are many choices for the consumer in today’s wine world, as production expands to new countries, new areas and ever more boutique wineries and winemakers lending their personal interpretation to wine styles. As such it is sometimes too easy to forget about the old guard, the foundations of the world wine community that have

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Two Impeccable Napa Cabernets from Silverado Vineyards

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Silverado Vineyards is a venerable, well known name when it comes to Napa wineries. It’s story began in 1976 when Diane Disney and Ron Miller purchased their Stag’s Leap District vineyards. The iconic winery, which overlooks these vineyards and the Silverado Trail, followed in 1981. Cabernet from The Stag’s Leap area was not widespread, although

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Profitable End of Bin Diving at Town Wine & Spirits – East Providence, RI

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Great deals on great wine, that is the best of the best. When we find them it makes us very happy. In today’s wine world, with the countless retail shops and producers who are online and ship wine relatively inexpensively, the sources for potential great deals are endless. There is one key element which helps

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