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Iowa: Cornfields and…Wine?

Iowa: Cornfields and…Wine?

By Mary Mihaly

 

I’ve always been a fan of meandering; years of travel writing taught me that every place has its teasers. Iowa is no exception, so when a friend in Denver invited me for a visit, I decided to spend four days getting there: I would explore Iowa wineries along the way.

 

As adventures go,…

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The Secret is Out: Slovenian Wines Come of Age

The Secret is Out: Slovenian Wines Come of Age

By Claudia M. Caruana

 

Pop the cork! Slovenian wines are here – if you can find them.

 

Like many Americans, you might be unfamiliar with the country, much less its wines. Slovenia has quietly produced quality wine for centuries; many of the current wineries have been operating since the 1500s. One particular place of wine…

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Seasons at the Winery: Deep Winter

Seasons at the Winery: Deep Winter

 By Karen Edwards

 

For wine lovers, winter at the winery seems a quiet time. Some wineries close for the season, others reduce their hours. But while you sit by a roaring fire in January, enjoying your favorite vino, growers and winemakers are working hard on the next vintage

 

“The chief job for grape growers in…

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Host a Holiday Wine Party!

Host a Holiday Wine Party!

By Claudia Taller

You have a good idea – hosting a blind wine tasting party at your home – but how do you make it more fun and less academic? Is tasting too serious to be fun?

 

No worries! Follow these tips to create the kind of party you want, with fine wines, great conversation and plenty…

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Cocktails, Anyone?

If you’d rather host a cocktail party than a wine tasting, here are a few suggestions that work:

 

  1. Encourage guests to bring their own cocktail recipes.
  2. Keep it simple: feature just one type of spirits. Vodka is a good choice for concocting cocktails because it adapts to so many other ingredients.
  3. Set up a small “bartending

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Ohio’s Wine Trails: Central Ohio

By Donniella Winchell

You can’t hang a label on a destination as diverse as Central Ohio wine region. You’ll find the lush vineyards, fresh-and-fruity wines and quiet bed-and-breakfasts that most rural areas offer, but in these parts they also teach winemaking, brew mead – the ancient drink of fermented honey and water – and run urban wineries and…

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Which Wine to Taste First?

Which Wine to Taste First?

By Gary Twining

 

When tasting several wines in succession, the goal is to maximize your ability to taste all the  wines so they show their best attributes. That depends partly on the order in which you taste them, and these basic guidelines can assist you in arranging wines in tasting order, with some exceptions and a number…

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Ohio’s Wine Trails: Canal Country

Ohio’s Wine Trails: Canal Country

by Donniella Winchell

 

The Ohio and Erie Canal was built in the early part of the 19th century, completing the final water link between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. Today, remnants of the Canal are preserved in an area rich in history, beautiful scenery, Amish culture, Italian traditions and more than two dozen family-owned…

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The Art of Blending

The Art of Blending

by Gary Twining

Most consumers think that blending two or more wines together only happens with Sherry, Port and Champagne – or they expect the “blend” to be explicitly stated on the label, such as Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot. However, every wine is a product of some type of blending. The process happens either in the vineyard, the cellar or…

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Ohio’s Wine Trails

Ohio’s Wine Trails

Wines and Vines

by Donniella Winchell

Here’s what you see in the Wines and Vines region: a sparkling lake in summer, covered with ice floes in the winter. A deep river gorge and a cold water creek carved by glaciers centuries ago. Rich loamy and dense clay soils, plowed by hard working farmers with strong ethnic heritages, and…

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The Buzz About Mead

The Buzz About Mead

By Natalie Lariccia

 

It’s one of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages, reportedly dating back to 7000 BC in northern China. Now, mead—a fermented drink made from honey, water, malt and yeast—is creating a new buzz, giving brewers a unique opportunity to experiment with flavors and highlight local crops.

 

 

Photo by Rainier Ziehm

 

To…

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The Lake Erie Wine Growing Region

The Lake Erie Wine Growing Region

by Gary Twining

 

Wine-savvy readers will recognize the word “terroir,” the natural environment in which grapes are grown. Soil, climate and other aspects of terroir reflect strongly in the wine’s development—its flavors and character—and when the terroir of a region produces unique and specific characteristics in the grapes grown there, an American Viticultural Appellation (AVA) is often…

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SAKE AS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW IT

SAKE AS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW IT

Most of us have experienced warmed, low-quality sake. The finest sakes are served lightly chilled to enable their delicate aromas and flavors to be expressed.

 

Sake is brewed and fermented from rice, originally brewed in China in about 2,000 B.C. Japan followed in the third century, and sake became Japan’s national beverage and a way to communicate…

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Vive la Révolucion!

Vive la Révolucion!

By Mary Mihaly

 

Maybe you know your French wines, maybe you don’t, but at some point in our lives we’ve all stood there in the supermarket, staring at the wall of French, wondering what the heck is in those bottles.

 

Americans’ anxiety over French wine labels may soon end, thanks to Fortant wines and their owner,…

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The Wineglass – A Basic Primer

The Wineglass – A Basic Primer

By Gary Twining

 

Years ago, the glasses used to serve wine were much different from today’s glassware.  They tended to be small in volume, usually shaped like a “V” and made of thick, heavy crystal, often opaque, with ornate etched patterns.  These glasses challenged wine drinkers, for many reasons.

 

Small volumes tend to make consumers feel…

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Wine for a Cause

Wine for a Cause

Wolfgang Puck may be best known as a star chef, but he’s a star in other ways as well. His charitable giving helps nonprofit organizations across the country, including Children’s Diabetes Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation and Meals on Wheels. Puck is co-chair of Five-Star Sensation, the semi-annual fundraiser for University Hospitals, headquartered in Cleveland.

 

Another Ohio institution –…

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