May 14

The saying “never trust a skinny chef” made perfect sense to me before I actually became one.  The thought is that most good cooks like to eat, and if they are not pleasantly plump from tasting their own food, maybe the food is not all that good to eat. However the reality is most professional [...]

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Jan 21

Hailing from Central Coast Wines in Paso Robles, California this Cabernet Franc is what is known at Trader Joe’s as a “binge buy”. While there were several cases stacked in a prominent corner one Saturday afternoon in December I am told that they are now completely sold out. This wine stuck out like a sore [...]

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Oct 21

This Fall season has been especially busy with private wine tastings. For the tasting line up I tried to choose a selection that would best reflect this time of year, and was pleased to stumble upon one that fits the bill perfectly.  Chateau Bois Redon Bordeaux 2008 is a little gem of a wine that [...]

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Jul 13

Virginia has the fifth highest number of wine producers in the nation. It is a state with a growing reputation for exceptional wine, and home to the oldest native North American varietal, the Norton grape. Maybe because it is a state “for lovers” or just that its good vino flows so freely, but locals are [...]

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Apr 23

If you have not had the pleasure of introducing a Vouvray into your repertoire of white wines in house, this sprightly version from Jean Claude Bougrier is the perfect opportunity.  Off-dry, with a touch of residual sugar, this wine exhibits the same honeyed, floral notes characteristic of the Vouvray region along with the nice balance [...]

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Jan 14

Michele Chiarlo Moscato D’asti Nivole 2008 This lovely sparkling Moscato D’asti from the Piedmonte region of Italy is on my tops list of all time best dessert wines for the price. Its delicate body, gentle sweetness on the palate, and touch of effervescence makes it compatible to such a wide range of flavors, yet it [...]

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