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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Focus on Maryland Wine

Focus on Maryland Wine

Each year the number of wineries opening up in Maryland increase. While a few are closed to the public, many are open to the public.

Red Wine of Moldova

We tasted red wines from eleven of the twelve wine producers at the Wine of Moldova tasting in Washington DC on Monday, July 28th. As with the white wines, the red wines were made from international grapes, indigenous varieties and one Georgian variety. The red wines also expressed the earthiness and minerality associated with the […]

White Wine of Moldova

On Monday July 28th, Kathy and I attended a tasting of Wine of Moldova in Washington D.C. Eleven producers were set up at tables pouring 32 wines representative of the four wine regions in the Southeastern European country. My first impression is that the wines, including international varieties, Georgian varieties and native varieties were very […]

Mr. Putin’s Stash

At the IWINETC (International Wine Tourism Conference) this past spring in the country Georgia, one of the sessions was on Moldova wineries.

North Gate Vineyard Supports Numerous Causes Including Greyhound Rescue

Earlier this week we visited North Gate Vineyard in Purcellville, Virginia. North Gate is one of only two Virginia wineries with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. North Gate Vineyards is one of the many must- visit wineries in Virginia.

Our Daughter Erin Stars in Vodka Commercial

Our daughter’s Erin’s interest in wine began in ernest while she spent a semester in Aix-en-Provence during college. Upon returning home she taught us much of what she learned in a wine course she took while in France. Later she worked in New York City doing tasting. Occasionally her tastings included beverages other than wine. […]

Two SLO Wines

My California Wine Appellation Specialist course continued this week with the content focusing on the appellations within San Luis Obispo County. For this class I opened a bottle of the 2009 Illuminatus that Kathy and I made with grapes we sourced from Paso Robles. Our first wine for this week was a Grenache from the […]

National Hot Dog Month: Etiquette-Should you Have Wine with Your Hot Dog?

Yesterday I realized that this month is National Hot Day Month. Who would have known, however, it does make a lot of sense, as Yesterday I realized that this month is National Hot Day Month. Who would have known, however, it does make a lot of sense, as July is a great month to barbecue. To verify that this is really the national Hot Dog Month, I visited the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council website.

Steven Spurrier Blind Wine Tasting in SBC

We learned about renowned wine expert Steven Spurrier when we researched the 1976 Judgement of Paris wine competition. The competition involved wines from some of the most prestigious wine houses in Burgundy and Bordeaux matched against wines from California. Steven Spurrier was the British wine merchant and wine shop owner in Paris who organized the […]

New York City Wine & Food Festival in October

The annual New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) will be here before we know it. This year the event is scheduled for October 16 -19, 2014. The net proceeds from this event goes to two charities….

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