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Side-by-side tastings

While officially not a wine geek, I love turning people who are new to wine on to wine makes me happy  – turning people who already know wine on to a new wine experience is priceless. Take the Pinot Gris vis Pinot Grigio taste test for example. Name games aside, tasting these two wines side-by-side […]

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Sipping among friends

The wine loving community in Cleveland is small but growing. As a result, wine festivals keep poping up each and every year. In August, Vintage Ohio serves up Ohio-crafted wines to a sell out crowd, last month the second annual Cleveland Wine Festival rallied a few thousand people to share a glass under sunny skies and […]

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Price Gouging by the Glass

As America’s thirst for wine continues to grow, restaurants across the country are taking a close look at their wine programs such as profitable wines-by-the-glass lists. Maybe we should all do the same. In terms of selecting a wine that will give you a good return on your investment, a little knowledge goes a long […]

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Ciao Italian Whites

Taveling in Florence and Tucany has taught me many things: you need advance reservations to see the real David, you need to wear a good pair of walking shoes, and you need a cold wine to take the edge off the Tuscan sun. When I think of the areas surrounding Tuscany, I think of yummy […]

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Cavalier about wine

OK. So the Cavs are down by two and playing at the Q tonight. Streets are filling up with hopeful fans. From my office in the Caxton Building downtown, I can hear the noise and excitement build as I post this note. So, I just did what any natural wine geek would do – I […]

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Fire by the glass

From time to time, I am reminded why ordering wine in a restaurant by the glass is sometimes better than by the bottle. Last night was one of those times.  I met a few friends at Fire (Shaker Square on the eastside) for dinner and  – as usual – we looked at the wine list before […]

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Getting Screwed

Every wine magazine or newsletter I pick up seems to have a fair share of ink devoted to the closure debate and screw caps are seemingly in the lead. Most wine professionals around the globe believe that American consumers still think wines sealed with anything but a natural cork are cheap – not inexpensive, but cheap. […]

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Sauvignon Blanc from Around the World

Went to a great educational tasting today (trade  only) at Metropolitan downtown. The CEO of Napa-based winery St. Supery, Michaela Rodeno, was in town to present a unique tasting of classic Sauvignon Blancs (SB) from around the world. (In the small-world-getting-smaller scenerio, Michaela has Cleveland connections via her husband’s side of the family.) The tasting started […]

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Think Pink

As the weather heats up and we finally swing into summer mode – my mind goes right to the pink stuff. In fact, sipping a glass of rose under my favorite tree in the backyard makes me think I am away on vacation. Here’s the scoop on rose. While many people think pink means white […]

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Getting Started

As an intro post to my blog, I thought is best to let you know what I have in mind for the site. Basically, I will post the latest wine news, trends, interesting facts, seasonal suggestions, event reviews, wine reviews, restuarant reviews and local events that come across my desk.  If you have a question […]

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