What could be better than Furmint Day? Wait, what’s that? What is Furmint? Ahhhh, good question.
Furmint is a white grape indigenous to Hungary. It has traditionally been one of the two primary grapes in Tokaji (which used to be known as Tokay, sometimes Royal Tokay). Typically this is a sweet dessert wine, anywhere from
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Let’s wrap up the just concluded year with some final thoughts. When I look back at 2016, I realize that there were some familiar wines which shined as expected, but there were more unexpected ones which grabbed our attention. You can see that a bit in our list of the Top 25 Wines of 2016
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It is that time of year again. Christmas carols fill the airwaves, shoppers struggle against the crowds, special bottles of wine are ready for the holiday celebrations and everyone puts out their top lists of this or that for the past year. Actually, since many lists are already out and have been finalized for weeks,
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The holiday season is upon us, and hopefully that means family, friends, good times and great wine and food. We certainly wish all of you those things, and we’ll be doing our best to celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas as well. Step one on that quest was picking the wines for the upcoming
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The list of fictional stories which deal with the wine industry in detail is a short one. The most well known to the masses is undoubtedly “Sideways”, the story of a wine aficionado with serious life issues and a rather significant hatred of the Merlot grape. We liked the movie “Sideways” as it was quite
Continue reading Book Review – “Corkscrew” – A Rollicking Laugh Riot through the International World of Wine
It’s early August, the temperatures are regularly surpassing 90 degrees, and it’s hot out there! Logically we should be writing about which rosé to be drinking and refreshing, chilled summer sippers. To me it seems like the perfect time to talk about something cold, and we have just the thing. Actually we had three things,
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There is no shortage of lists each year touting the top wines of the previous 12 months. Every major wine publication does one. What is somewhat amazing is how little they seem to agree, and you can read more about that here. In their defense it must be hard to pick, as they sample from
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It seems that every major wine publication puts out a list at the end of the year of their top 100 wines. The tasters for these highly esteemed rating organizations taste through thousands, if not tens of thousands, of wines during the course of the year. You would think with all of them being experts
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For well over two hundred years the citizens of the United States have thrived behind the shield of the fighting men and women of our armed forces, who willingly place their very lives on the line to protect the freedoms and opportunity we all enjoy. Along with them, their families endure the times away and
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The debate about what constitutes wine value will go on forever, and since it is always dependent on your own personal tastes and budget there will always be unlimited opinions. Our own perspectives have changed over time, fluctuating with our individual tastes and income, but never really getting too far afield from their early roots.
Continue reading Trader Joe’s Two (or Three) Buck Chuck and Musings About Wine Values: Are More Expensive Wines Better or Worth the Money?