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The Problem With Wine Rating Scores – and a Robert Parker Over-Rated Toro

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There are a number of very large, mostly well respected wine rating organizations that taste thousands and thousands of wines, put out a blurb about the wine (much like we do) and then give it a numerical score (which we don’t do). Robert Parker pretty much invented the 100 point scale and became an international

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The Wines of Caymus Vineyards – at Gasbarro’s on Federal Hill

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This past Thursday, June 19th, there was a tasting of Caymus Vineyards’ wines at Gasbarro’s on Federal Hill. Mark Gasbarro brings some pretty amazing wines and wine makers into his store for tastings throughout the year, and this was another good one. We’ve always been fans of Caymus Cabernet, but they have an entire stable

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Caymus Tasting this Thursday @ Gasbarro’s on Federal Hill

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Caymus vineyards will be in town this Thursday, June 19th, for a tasting of their wines at Gasbarro’s Wines on Federal Hill. This looks to be a great opportunity to try some pretty impressive offerings. They’ll be pouring Conundrum, two Chardonnays, two Pinot Noirs as well as the 40th Anniversary 2012 Cabernet and the 2011

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Sake Anyone? Sake Tasting with SakeOne

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I have to admit I’ve never been a huge fan of sake. I’ve tried it maybe five or six times, generally warm, and it tends to leave me feeling like I just drank lighter fluid. My son is a sake drinker, however, and he has good taste, so maybe there is something to this. Last

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An Excellent New England Red Wine from Saltwater Farm

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When you make the rounds of New England wineries you quickly get the message that there will be good white wines, some fruit wines, some hybrids (like Vidal Blanc or St. Croix) some light reds (probably Cab Franc, maybe Merlot) and some more full bodied reds made from grapes or juice that were imported from

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A Good White Bordeaux for Little Money

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We’ve been drinking a lot of Sauvignon Blanc lately, and when you’re looking for something in that family that doesn’t come from California a logical place to look is France. Bordeaux and the Loire Valley produce excellent Suavignon Blancs. Some are expensive, some are very expensive. I just saw a few bottles of the still

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Dining Review of Thames Street Kitchen, Newport RI

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We met some friends this weekend in Newport at Thames Street Kitchen for dinner. Cheri and I have never been here before, and one of the other couples had not either. New restaurants can be fun, or not, but at least the company would be good so we would enjoy ourselves one way or another.

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Casey Flat Ranch on the Shelves in RI!

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We’ve been writing about Casey Flat Ranch wines for almost a year now, ever since we tried their wines at the 2013 Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival. We love pretty much everything they make, and the best part is they are now available in Rhode Island at various locations. This really is great news,

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A First Glance Into 2009 Bordeaux

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Since we’re almost through our 2003 Bordeaux, have tried enough of the 2005 to gage quality and progress, and are sometimes a bit impatient we opened a 2009 Bordeaux a little while ago to see what we might have. The results were pretty spectacular. Of course this doesn’t translate into a quality assessment across the

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A Good Value Tuscan Red from Antinori

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Marchesi Antinori has been making wine in Tuscany for hundreds of years. Their product line spans Chianti, Brunello, a range of world renowned Super Tuscans and all sorts of other things. We’d be hard pressed to remember an Antinori wine we didn’t like. This one certainly doesn’t fall into that category.

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