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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Champagne Price War?

Price wars? It has been a long time since that term has been rampant. Actually, the last time I heard it mentioned was a couple of years ago just before Thanksgiving when the grocery stores were competitively offering turkeys at the lowest price. Hmm… haven’t heard that for this year anyway. There is an article […]

Maryland’s Inconsistent Wine Laws

No wonder it is difficult to have a thriving winery industry in Maryland! Even though Maryland wineries have increased to more than forty, other states are increasing faster. Check out Virginia and Texas. Maryland has a long way to go to catch up. Part of the problem is with Maryland’s alcohol laws. Years ago after […]

The Day After Black Friday – Visit a Winery

After all that holiday shopping on Black Friday, you may just need a day to relax. So how about a visit to a nearby winery? Just like any business, wineries need to make use of the holidays to promote their products. However a visit to a winery can be relaxing and in case you didn’t […]

Willamette Valley Vineyards Wine Center in Oregon

Willamette Valley Vineyards, a large and well known winery in Oregon, is celebrating its opening of the WVV Wine Center this month. On the weekend of November 21 and 22, the visitor center, located in McMinnville, will open and offer complimentary admission and tasting. The Wine Center will offer visitors a variety of tastings to […]

When the Rivers Ran Red: An Amazing Story of Courage and Triumph in America’s Wine Country

Recently I finished reading When the Rivers Ran Red: An Amazing Story of Courage and Triumph in America’s Wine Country by Vivienne Sosnowski. What a powerful story about Prohibition. Sosnowski presents a side of Prohibition that is seldom heard – the side of the winemakers and vineyard owners. Yes, there is a lot of detail […]

Cauliflower and Onion Aroma Ruined a Wine

Tasting wines that have a fault can be as educational as discovering the wines you like. Aroma plays an important part in the wine tasting experience. Yesterday I had the opportunity to taste a faulted wine. It was very difficult to taste because the aroma was very strong of cauliflower and onions. The disagreeable aroma […]

Vinfolio Starts Wine Flash Sales

Interested in purchasing fine wine? Check out Vinfolio. On November 11, Vinfolio announced a new concept of one-wine sales called Wine Flash Sales. This is an ideal way for wineries from around the world to market their more expensive wines. To qualify for a Wine Flash Sale the wine must be more than $60 per […]

Special Wine Glasses for Pinot Noir and Norton Wines

First there was a Riedel glass for Oregon’s Pinot Noir, now there is a Riedel glass for Missouri’s Norton wine. I enjoy using a Riedel wine glass for my wine. It shows a respect for the wine that an ISO glass just doesn’t do. The thin lip of the glass allows the precious liquid to […]

Turkey Trot – A Progressive Wine Tasting Event

The Grand River Valley Turkey Trot, a progressive wine tasting event on November 14 from 12 to 5, gives participants the opportunity to pair wine and food as well as take home a recipe. The focus is on Thanksgiving dishes that you may want to have with your holiday dinner. At Laurello Vineyards, wines will […]

Discover a Thanksgiving Wine on Veteran’s Day

Since today is Veteran’s Day, a federal holiday, many people while at home may still want to get out. So what to do? Today may be a perfect day to visit a local winery and discover the wine you would like to serve for Thanksgiving. Look for the usual wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, […]

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