America’s Island Appellation

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Ohio has been getting a lot of attention of late. As a pivotal swing state in the presidential election, both campaigns and a lot of press have been spending a great deal of time in the Buckeye State. Candidates eat hot dogs at fairs and drink beer at VFW halls. …

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Wine Picks from Frederick Wildman & Sons

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  Portfolio tastings from big importers and distributors like Frederick Wildman & Sons can be daunting. Imagine 102 tables and up to 10 wines at each table, which was the lineup at the September 2011 tasting in New York. And if you limit yourself to about 60 wines, as I …

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Thanksgiving Wine Picks


In the last newsletter, I highlighted some favorites from Winebow’s fall portfolio tasting. This time, some gems from Weygandt Selections, based in Rhinecliff, NY. (845-516-4175; Looking for some good wines for Thanksgiving dinner? You can’t get much better than Gruner Veltliner and Riesling. Kurt Angerer. This producer makes five …

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Wine Picks


Winebow, an importer and distributor based in Montvale, NJ, has one of the bigger portfolio tastings in the fall. Here are some of my favorites at this year’s tasting in September. California has been getting a lot of press about its 2009 Pinot Noir vintage. But Oregon’s 2009 Pinots are …

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Vermont Wines, Not an Oxymoron

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Frontenac, Marquette and La Crescent are not French Canadian explorers but grape varieties developed in Minnesota and Quebec to produce quality wines in Vermont’s climate. Yes, they do make wines in Vermont. And some of them are pretty darned good. If you want to find out more about Vermont wines, …

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The Wines of Calabria: Southern Italy is Hot, in More Ways than One


While most Italian-Americans (like me) trace their roots to Southern Italy, much of what Americans know about Italian wine and food comes from Central and Northern Italy (Tuscany, for example). That’s changing. In September, I visited Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, with journalists and food and wine buyers as …

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