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BOURGOGNE 2O15

. . . Burgundy in all its sunset glow. -Lord Byron by HARVEY FINKEL HEARING AUSPICIOUS Delphian whispers for more than two years about the 2O15 vintage in Burgundy whetted desire to at last confront the wines, for selecting Burgundies is a contact sport. We had read such words as...
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Sancerre

by SANDY BLOCK, MW Sancerre is on a roll.  Restaurateurs and retailers alike report that it is currently one of their hottest categories.  One of its advantages is that, unlike many other worthy French wines, it has a name that’s easy for Americans to pronounce.  And as Sauvignon Blanc has...
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HAZY BREWS

by ANDY CROUCH HAZE IS THE LATEST CRAZE to conquer the world of flavorful beer. From dank, juicy pale ales to milkshake hued India pale ales to double India pale ales that resemble glasses of concentrated orange juice, clarity is out of favor with many beer drinkers today. A cloudy...
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PRIMO TEQUILA

by LEW BRYSON SINGLE MALT SCOTCH has some long, strong coattails. The success of single malt, with its distillery identity, age statements, and deliberately distinct characters, served as an example to bourbon – which went single barrel, super-aged, and limited edition – Irish whiskey’s single pot still explosion, Japanese whisky’s...
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THE HARVEY WALLBANGER

by PINK LADY VODKA has been the most popularly consumed spirit for the majority of our careers behind the bar.  Prior to Prohibition, however, vodka wasn’t on the radar of American imbibers, who preferred strong tasting home grown liquors and flavorful white spirits like gin.  John Martin, and his Connecticut-based...
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TENUTA LUCE DELLA VITE

  by HARVEY FINKEL THEIR NOBLE Tuscan family’s wine production dating back to 13O8, the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi own and operate a number of well-known wine estates.  The Frescobaldi in addition have been active in textiles, banking, the arts, agriculture, and the church.  Today, we shall focus on a property...
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OREGON Willamette Valley White Wine

by SANDY BLOCK, MW OREGON’S 725 mostly boutique wineries produce only about 1% of the US’s total wine volume, but the state enjoys an outsize reputation for quality.  Known to wine enthusiasts primarily for its internationally recognized Pinot Noir, which constitutes two-thirds of the state’s production, there are signs that...
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A PINDARIC ODE

by HARVEY FINKEL SING, O MUSE, of these nectars and ambrosias, and ponder that modern western civilization is informed by the oft-entangled legends and histories of the ancient Greeks.  We shall contemplate Pindar’s role in that heritage. Herodotus (fifth century BCE) is honored as the Father of History.  Our Greek...
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THE PINA COLADA

PINK LADY’S ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH by PINK LADY WARMER WEATHER has us thrilled to be reaching for cocktails served over crushed ice or in a frozen format.  Among these, the Pina Colada is an icon, a national treasure in fact – the official drink of Puerto Rico celebrated...
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QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE ASKED

by HARVEY FINKEL WINE MYTHS AND REALITY, 2ND EDITION by Benjamin Lewin, MW ONE OF MY favorite wine books now appears in a second revised, enlarged edition. Still handsomely mounted and strongly and clearly written, it weighs in at just over four and one-half pounds, having gained a half-pound since...
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