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Thanksgiving – A Perfect Time To Try New Wines

Wine suggestions to accompany your Thanksgiving Feast.
While Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating family and friends, it is also an opportunity to try some unfamiliar wines. The classic meal of turkey, stuffing and various side-dishes provide a broad palate of flavors, textures and aromas as a starting point for selecting accompanying wines. As with

With Wines, Old Is New Again

The pleasures of older wines.
I prefer “Chinatown” to the “The DaVinci Code,” “On The Waterfront” over “Gladiator” and will drop everything to watch “Casablanca.” Angelina Jolie certainly has her attributes but Ingrid Bergman has a vulnerable sadness. Older movies have a captivating elegance and

Much Maligned Merlot Merits Reconsideration

A look at some recently released Merlots.
A victim of its own popularity, Merlot has been unfairly criticized. Several vintages ago, the skyrocketing demand for an easy-drinking red wine enabled less conscientious producers to release oceans of weak, bland and unappealing Merlot to an unsuspecting public. It's no wonder Miles from the movie "Sideways" vowed

Fruity Roses, Whites and Reds End Summer On A High Note

Wine suggestions for the last days of summer.
Wines with vibrant fruit flavors and refreshingly brisk acidity are ideal choices for these last days of warmer weather. Roses are perfect examples. From Oregon, the delicious, cinnamon-scented Soter Pinot Noir Rose 2007 ($20), with strawberry and cherry flavors, is crafted with a little Pinot Gris and

Are Cult Cabernets Worth The Craziness And Cost?

A review of some "Cult Cabernets."
Cult Cabernets are a subset of limited production, highly rated and extremely expensive California wines that induce a form of hysteria among devotees. They are usually only available via a special allocation from the winery sometimes requiring a wait of more than 10 years to be able to purchase

In Appreciation Of Under-Appreciated Sauvignon Blanc

A look at some California Sauvignon Blancs.
A very wise wine writer recently told me that the only people who don’t like Sauvignon Blanc are ‘‘those that don’t like warm weather or don’t like to eat.” Often under-appreciated, but widely planted, Sauvignon Blanc truly is an ideal summer wine. Sauvignon Blanc produced in France’s Sancerre