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A Bottle And A Book: Two Christmas Wines From Dry Creek Vineyard

After giving considerable thought to the matter, I have decided that one of the best Christmas presents that anyone could give this year would be a bottle of good wine accompanied by an equally good book, and I have two … Continue reading

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Rhymes and Reasons: Four Christmas Wines From Joseph Phelps Vineyards

The holiday season is upon us, and I am sure that many people share my regrettable habit of postponing Christmas shopping until the last possible moment. However, there is no need to panic, because with the help of a popular … Continue reading

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With the Help of Good Words: Three Thanksgiving Wines from Dry Creek Vineyard

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, and so, with the assistance of some distinguished writers, I want to recommend three wines that would perfectly complement turkey, as well as other savory holiday fare. “Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more … Continue reading

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A Great Moment Frozen In Time

19 June 1987 – Ben & Jerry Ice Cream and the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia announce their collaboration in producing a new flavor – Cherry Garcia, and the history of the Confectionary Arts in America reaches its zenith.

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Time to Stop Horsing Around: Two Wine Recommendations for Christmas Presents

Cinematic propaganda to the contrary, as every astute person knows, the best Christmas gift anyone can receive is not a BB gun, but a pony. If Santa Claus accidentally forgets to bring me a horse this year (as he has … Continue reading

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Another Homage to Catalonia: Two Wine Suggestions for Thanksgiving

Few places on the planet can claim a richer or more vibrant culture than Catalonia, a region of four provinces that constitutes one of the seventeen autonomous communities of Spain. Everything about the place seems dramatic – the architecture, the … Continue reading

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Talking Turkey: Two Wines for Thanksgiving from Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Many people prefer a red wine with their holiday turkey, and happily for them there are any number of good wines that would nicely complement a Thanksgiving banquet. One of my recommendations this year is Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2008 Napa … Continue reading

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Because sometimes we should all remember that other America – the one that could have been

August 1, 1794 – The Whiskey Rebellion begins in western Pennsylvania. “After the Industrial Revolution, All Things Happen at Once,” by Robert Bly Now we enter a strange world, where the Hessian Christmas Still goes on, and Washington has not … Continue reading

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Wine Recommendation – True Blue: Virage 2010 Napa Valley Rose’

Two of the things that I most enjoy when hiking in the Colorado mountains are the depthless blue sky over my head and the array of wildflowers at my feet, and during a recent visit to Boulder, I had an … Continue reading

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A Bend in the Road: Wine Recommendation – Virage Napa Valley 2007

The French word “virage,” has two general meanings, and both have a bearing on Virage Napa Valley, one of the most interesting new wineries in California. The first meaning is a “change in orientation,” and that is exactly what proprietor … Continue reading

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