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I love Portuguese wines. I love the value. I love the diversity. I love the flavors. I love their wide availability, and how they show up at every restaurant I’m at lately. From delicate, effervescent Vinho Verdes to bold Douro and Alentejo blends, I’m hooked. Maybe visits and a seriously good ...

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  • June 25, 2016

I was just in NYC for a week of true drink-toxing, and  sipped enough rosé to quench the thirst of a small island nation. In fact, the best rosé I found came from an island nation, but surprisingly from a land-locked region. That region is the mountainous Amyndeon area near the border of Greece ...

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  • October 6, 2014

The answer is always Drink-tox, though a recent wrist injury in Portugal and handfuls of questionable pain medication forced me into an actual detox. Now, I’m back to drinking and it’s about time.  However,  avoiding alcohol got me thinking about “Sober January” and other alcohol “cleanses” ...

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  • September 23, 2014

The title pretty much says it all here, folks.  Wine and cheese have been frolicking together in a happy dance across countries and grape varieties since fermentation was discovered, and their union is as delicious today as it was all those millennia ago. Originally, the two were eaten together ...

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  • September 17, 2014

Oh, Lodi. Home of tons of value wine, some really cool old vineyards, and lots of teen-style angst.  This sunny area west of Napa in the Sacramento river delta is seems to be a soul sucking frequent topic of debate when the topic of “value” wine comes up. Can Lodi stand up and make wines that ...

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  • March 24, 2014