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Think Pink: The Expanding World of Italian Rosé

When we think of Italian wines, our thoughts typically trend told bold reds, with perhaps a ...

Mach what? … of Jet Fighters and Champagne

You’re familiar with the popping noise that occurs when a bottle of Champagne is uncorked. There ...

How Long Ago Did Grapes Exist?

Which came first, wine or beer? We may never truly know but scientists and historians generally ...

Fermentation: The Magic That Creates Wine

We all know that fermentation is the secret to wine.  Without fermentation, we’d be drinking grape ...

Mauzac, an Unusual Grape

I enjoy attending the tastings at the local Wine and Spirits Stores where I encounter wines ...

Georgian Wines

Georgia (the country and former Soviet Republic) is widely considered the “cradle of wine.” Archaeologists have ...

Wines of South America: To Malbec and Beyond!  

Mention South American wine varietals and the mind immediately goes to Malbec. The Argentine classic has ...
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Cork Sparkles! 

Have you ever found small crystals on the bottom of a wine cork, glinting at the ...
Chilled Red Wine for Summer by Sheila Rickert

Chilled Red Wine for Summer?

Chilled Red Wine for Summer? Absolutely! Despite Pennsylvania’s unseasonably frosty April temperatures, May brings with it ...
Pet Nat, Sparkling Wines, Unruly Step Child

Pét Nat: Sparkling Wine’s Unruly Step-Child

Among the Champagnes, Proseccos, Cavas and other traditional holiday sparklers, you may have noticed another selection. ...
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The Significance of Vinifera Grapes

The banner in the tasting room read, “We Use Only Vinifera Grapes”. While I had heard ...
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Marsala… is not just for cooking!

The word “Marsala” usually evokes thoughts of an ingredient used in cooking Veal or Chicken dishes. ...
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Va La Vineyard
in Avondale, Pennsylvania

I am not a religious person.  In fact, I am often unaware of various religious holidays.  ...
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Unique & Unusual
Gros Manseng

If you are interested in trying unique and unusual grapes but don’t know how to stray ...
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Wine in The Land of Enchantment

A few years ago, our friend Robert from Pittsburgh visited us in northern New Mexico and ...
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Merging Two Pleasures in One Wine: Rosé Prosecco

Get ready for more pink in the form of Prosecco rosé!  Last year, the Italian government ...
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Belated Comeuppance ~ Bordeaux

For those of us with meager or moderate means, familiarity with the First Growth Bordeaux vineyards ...
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Organic, Sustainable, and Biodynamic Wines – The Differences

You have seen the terms “Organic”, “Sustainable”, and “Biodynamic” in reference to wines; but, what do ...
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Marty on Wine – Decanting Wine

You may ask, “Why decant a wine?” and “Does decanting improve a wine?” According to Wine ...
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One Sommelier’s Guide to Picking a Good Pink Wine

With the recent popularity of pink wine, and explosion of new offerings coming on the market ...
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Another Reason for Cork

If there is one wine that gets more scrutiny than others, it must be Champagne, if ...
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My Visit to Black Ankle Vineyards

I could have been in California when I ventured to Black Ankle a couple of Sundays ...
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Sharing COVID-19 Wine Experiences – Drinking #1!

The mandated restrictions imposed upon us in March curtailed everyone’s work and/or social calendar. With plenty ...
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New Wines – There is more than Beaujolais Nouveau

I would bet most of us are familiar with “new wine” because of George DeBoeuf and ...
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Gifting a Birth Year Wine

Recently I attended a christening for my newborn nephew and instead of arriving at the christening ...
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Marty on Wine – Terroir

I have many opportunities to chat with Customers throughout the work day in my capacity as ...
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Marty On Wine – “It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Time!”

Beaujolais Nouveau is the first wine of the new harvest! The third Thursday of November is ...
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TINY Bubbles!

As they rise to a crescendo of delight, the quality of champagne has often been measured ...
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Marty on Wine – How Rose Wines Are Made

Well before the arrival of the Summer Solstice, wine palates begin to shift their seasonal preferences ...
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Wine Headaches and The Causes

You or someone you know may have complained of headaches presumably caused by sulfites in wine. ...
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There’s a Fungus Among Us

“Sweet, rich-textured, flower-scented and smooth.” For many of us, this may cause us to think of ...
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Going Rogue (AKA Oregon by way of Phoenix… you figure it out)

My wife and I were really looking forward to our Sonoma-Napa wine vacation; nine days of ...
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Our Wine Tour of Tuscany

Some of our favorite wines come from Tuscany so we wanted to take a wine tour ...