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April is Malbec Month – Here are Four to Consider

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Malbec is the preferred red wine in much of South America, and is by far the most prevalent in Argentina, widely grown and widely drunk. In Chile, it competes with the more traditional European varietals, and is frequently blended with them. Malbec is also one of the traditional varietals of Bordeaux, and the real home

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Save the Date! – 2018 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival – September 20-23

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It’s April in New England, and winter refuses to let go. One way to push the cold weather out of your mind is to think of happy times in warm sunshine, all in a beautiful setting on the edge of an expansive ocean view. We have a suggestion as to which thought to focus on,

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Good Value Bubbly from Argentina – Domaine Bousquet

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Domaine Bousquet is located in the Tupungato Valley, just south of Mendoza in the high plateau near the Andes Mountains in Argentina. They released their first vintage back in 2005, and offer a range of various wines, including varietals, blends and sparkling wine. We reviewed two of their blends, from their Gaia line, earlier –

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A Rare Sighting – Excellent Pinot Noir for $12

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There are a lot of excellent wines in the $10 – $15 range. You can generally find a decent bottle of just about any wine varietal or blend in there somewhere, and in some cases even discover exceptional wines. One varietal can be a bit tricky though, and tends to elude the bargain hunter. This

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Restaurant Reviews: In and Around Chatham, MA – February 2018

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On a recent getaway to Cape Cod, one of our traditional stomping grounds, we went to a few restaurants in and around Chatham, Massachusetts. The experiences were quite different, some good and some bad. Here we’ll give you a quick review for your consideration, if you should find yourself in the area and in need

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A Good Value in 2014 Bordeaux: Chateau Pierre

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With the 2015 and 2016 vintages in Bordeaux being labeled as “classic” by many in the wine review world, it is prudent to look at other, very good vintages which may be overlooked, and as such offer some great buying opportunities. The 2014 vintage is a great place to start, as it is generally viewed

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A Great Syrah from L’Ecole No. 41 in Washington State

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L’Ecole NÂș 41 has been a mainstay for quality wine in Washington State for decades. One of my early “wow”

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memories is from a few bottles of their Cabernet Sauvignon we picked off of a super discount rack in the back of a retail

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Riverbank Wines from Chile and Concha y Toro

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Riverbank Vineyards – courtesy of Concha y Toro website

Concha y Toro is, by now, a venerable name in wine. Certainly they are one of the most well known names when it comes to Chilean wine. We have reviewed many of their wines over the past few years, and are rarely disappointed. Here, we’ll

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Visit to Hawk Ridge Winery in Watertown, CT

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On a very soggy winter afternoon, we recently found ourselves in western Connecticut, and at the Hawk Ridge Winery in Watertown, CT. Fortunately for us the winery has a big, beautiful new tasting and function building, so we were dry and warm while we tasted through the Hawk Ridge portfolio. This place must be gorgeous

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The New Great Bordeaux Vintages – and a Bottle of 2005 Chateau Destieux

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Pick up the latest issue of Wine Spectator and you will see one of the great events in the wine world heralded yet again, that being a stellar vintage in Bordeaux. We love them, we buy them, we drink them and think they represent some of the best value opportunities you will ever find. Do

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