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A Perfect Wine with Shellfish

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From foodandwine.com

As a special treat, Cheri recently surprised me with a wonderful appetizer of littleneck clams in a saffron and wine sauce. The sauce was thickened with a little flour, and in combination with the spices resulted in a flavorful, savory clam dish. If you like shellfish then you should try this. The

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Updated Preview: 2017 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

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Now that we are officially into the middle of summer, and things are starting to heat up, let’s take a look forward to September 21-24, and the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival. Some have called it the best in New England, and we would agree. Some have called it the best in the country,

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Sustainable Farming in Chile – Single Vineyard Carignan from Oveja Negra

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People who grow wine grapes, whether they sell the grapes to other producers or make the wine themselves, think of themselves as farmers. That’s what they are, and most great winemakers will tell you that great wine is really made in the fields. Some go so far as to characterize their responsibility as winemakers as

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Cellar Time: 2010 Albino Rocca Barbaresco – Ronchi Vineyard

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We were recently celebrating Cheri’s birthday, and such an event calls for a trip into the cellar for something special. In this case that meant a bottle of the 2010 Ronchi Barbaresco from Albino Rocca. We are big fans of Albino Rocca wines, and have been ever since we visited the winery, spent some time

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Part 10 of the Spanish Series – Navarra and the wines of Vina Magana

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The Denominacion de Origen (D.O.) region of Navarra shares some aspects with the other great winemaking regions of Spain. It traces its roots back to Roman times, and can point to centuries where the cloistered monks working in the many monasteries throughout the region maintained and improved the culture of making wine. In modern times

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The Spanish Series Part 9 – Wines from Hizan: A Final Ribera del Duero and a Stop in Rueda

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We’ll finish our look into Ribera del Duero with one final wine. You can read more about the region of Ribera del Duero by clicking here. We’ll also take a short journey southwest to another designated area, this time one which specializes in white wine. That D.O. is Rueda. Both of the wines highlighted in

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Part 8 of the Spanish Series – Vizcarra from Ribera del Duero

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We’ll stay in the Ribera del Duero for this review, and visit what is considered a “garage winery”, or “garagiste”. Started in the early 1990s in Bordeaux, the garagiste movement was, and is, about small batches, high quality, lots of hand labor and wines which showcased the fruit rather than harsh tannins. Chateau Valandraud became

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Excellent Value in 2010 Bordeaux – Chateau Villars

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Need we say it again? Almost nothing offers better values than Bordeaux in great vintages, especially when you look to the lesser known, or at least lesser heralded areas. Here is a wine we bought from the 2010 vintage, so it is not a young pup at the age of seven. It is from Fronsac,

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It’s Almost June – Time to Plan for the 2017 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival!

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It all goes by so fast, and it’s hard to believe, but it really is time to start planning for the 2017 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival. It’s our favorite wine related event of the year, and we certainly expect this year to be no different. The sequence of events is very similar to

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Part 7 of the Spanish Series – Ribera del Duero and the Wines of Tinto Figuero

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Clearly, one if the great wine making regions of Spain is the Ribera del Duero. Located high in the continental plateau, in north central Spain, and straddling the Duero River, this region is home to some of the iconic names in Spanish wine. Most wine lovers will recognize Vega Sicilia and Pingus, expensive and

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