Archives for Wine

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Host a Party Without the Cost

by Gary Hays July 24th, 2015| Friday Fun
What better way to relax after a hard week at the office than by having a few friends stop by. Of course, the downside is that you don’t wish to bear the expense of providing drinks for everyone, after all, it’s between paydays. A simple BYOB invitation would be
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Chilling in the Great Outdoors

by Gary Hays June 9th, 2015| Well-Stocked Bar
Ah! Summertime! The great outdoors. The pool water has once again been restored to a translucent sparkle, the barbecue grill has been scraped and cleaned, now, bring on the heat, and bring on the many friends who will be swinging by for a cool dip, and whatever you’ve got
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Vienna Wines: Wien, Wagram, Carnuntum

by Charles Wangersky May 29th, 2015| Red Wine, Regional, White Wine, Wine
When we think of Austria, we tend to think of an almost Swiss attitude towards purity and cleanliness, and we see this also in their wines. Very few red wines are produced in Austria, but the extreme variability of the soils means that limiting the production to only white
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Wineries near Vienna: Wien, Wagram, Carnuntum

by Charles Wangersky May 22nd, 2015| Destination, Destination Winery
One of the more common pastimes in Vienna is not touring the local vineyards as such, but walking through them. There are a number of working vineyards on the outskirts of the city, and people will stroll through them, much as we do through our civic parks, as a
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To Breathe or not to Breathe – Aerating Wine

by Gary Hays May 19th, 2015| Well-Stocked Bar
Here is an age old problem. You have a number of guests at your house for an evening of fun and frolic, and as it turns out, most of them are wine drinkers, meaning you are popping corks at a rate which is not giving each newly opened bottle
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Wines of Vienna: Wachau Valley and Thermenregion

by Charles Wangersky May 15th, 2015| Regional, Wine
While grapes have been grown in the east of Austria since the Middle Ages, and wine has been a part of Austrian life at least that long, it is only recently that the Austrian authorities have started to regulate and certify specific wines as being developed in particular areas
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Wines to Try Near Paris: Champagne

by Charles Wangersky May 1st, 2015| Regional, Sparkling Wine, Wine
While it may seem odd to think about artisanal champagne, that is, effectively, what the growing situation in the Champagne area of France has led to. The vineyards end up, over time, being subdivided through inheritance, and after a while end up so small that they can't support themselves
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Wines To Try Near Paris: Burgundy

by Charles Wangersky April 17th, 2015| Regional, Wine
If you took one of the tours of Dijon and the Burgundy region which we mentioned last week, you will have tasted several samples of the finest wines of the region. We’ll be looking here at some of the wines from that region that you might be interested to
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Wineries to Visit Near Paris: Burgundy Region

by Charles Wangersky April 10th, 2015| Destination, Destination Winery
France prides itself on its wines, and Paris of course is the capitol of France, so it would be odd indeed if there were no winery tours available in Paris. Of course, Paris is a big city, so to find vineyards and wineries you almost always have to travel
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Review: Dalliance 2011 Lake County Red Wine

by Jason Lightner February 4th, 2015| Wine
Proprietary Red Blend, California, 2011
14.5% abv

We're back in the saddle of red wine bliss this week, with another California elixir on our hands. This one comes courtesy of the Lower Lake area of Lake County, located in northern California just a stone's throw away from Napa County to the south.

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Review: Peter Vella Chablis

by Jason Lightner January 28th, 2015| Wine
Peter Vella
Chablis, California
9% abv

We've been on a boxed-wine roll as of late, for sure! Those of you who have been asking me about various boxed wines have undoubtedly received your fair share of information these past few weeks. For those of you looking for more traditional, bottled information, do
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Review: Peter Vella Chardonnay

by Jason Lightner December 24th, 2014| Wine
Peter Vella
Chardonnay, California

We're going to deviate a little bit this week and, instead of focusing on reputation or historic appeal, we're going to take a look at stigma and class. Wine is of course (and has almost always been) one of those things that attracts so-called "connoisseurs" to the
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