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  • Seasons Change… So Why Not Switch Up Your Wine?

    There is nothing like fall in New England. The leaves explode in colored tones from rust to orange hues, yellow, magenta and green. The air is crisp and the sweaters come out. Football is on tv and the days get shorter. You have spent the hot summer sipping your favorite wines to quench your thirst,…

  • Fleeting Days of Summer

    August! Summer’s mid-mark! With social distancing, mask-wearing, and other tribulations in the news, this gives us reason to celebrate because we’re getting through it! It’s been one for the books, and that’s something to clink glasses about! Another excuse to raise your glass.  Especially if your glass is full of bubbles! Bubbly wine adds a…

  • Healthy Choices…Wine Trends:  Organic, Biodynamic, Natural and Vegan

    Does is it really matter?  A vast majority of wine drinkers happily enjoy a glass or two of wine with dinner and have no side effects.  But some of us have recognized that food, and the way it is grown and tended to, can aggravates our food sensitivities.  I am guilty of looking for vineyards…

  • From New England To Beyond

    A while back, visiting little known wineries across New England, the thought, ‘Oh to do this every day’ passed through our mind’s eye. Relaxing with a couple of glasses of these ‘should-be-known’ wines have resulted in a fulfilled vision promoting the wines of the greater northeast. Blueberry wine from Maine – Savage Oakes and Breakwater…

  • Marquette – Autumnal Wines

    Traipsing through the fallen leaves in late autumn, the crunchy sound of your steps are remarkably satisfying. But then…there is the scent! It’s an earthy, somewhat mushroomy pleasant smell that is seasonally refreshing. For the oenophile, this is the first aroma layer of Pinot Noir. However, the scents transition into aromas of raspberry or cranberry…

  • Wine Fest in October

    There are always exceptions to rules, but typically when the weather cools down the beverages heat up. The atmospheric change urges us to throw on a sweater, make a fire and get cozy. Instead of crisp, light dishes, our yen is for richer flavors that might lean us towards warm soups, crusty baguettes spread with…

  • A Palatable Sunset – Rosé

    In the Northeast, summer’s warmth begins to melt away in August. The days are clear, bright and conducive to all things summer, but the nights are an afore-mention of autumn. The weather influences how we spend our time, what we will eat and drink. White wine drinkers may opt to go deeper into rich whites…

  • A Tale of Two Vineyards : Four Reasons You Should Be Drinking Rosé All Year Long

    Just West of Colmar, on the northern French and German border lies the walled Medieval Village of Turckheim. Dark timber-framed buildings with plaster walls and pastel colored facades line the narrow roads leading out of the old city and west toward the eastern slopes of the Voges Mountains. In the sheltered area of Alsace, since…

  • Making the Most of a Seasonal Favorite

    It happens every year. The hysteria seems to begin earlier and earlier with each passing autumn. The lovers begin their social media posts as early as August first. Hot on their heels are protesters, haters, doubters, and the indifferent. Marketing agencies and product development specialists have already been hard at work contriving interesting and sometimes…

  • American Hybrid Wine Grapes Coming Of Age

    Meet the Americans. No, I’m not talking about California cult cabs or Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. I mean real American wines, grown from native and hybrid cultivars. European vinifera grapes have been coming to the United States for centuries now. They are the standard the world over for fine wine grapes. What about…