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On the Job: 20 Years of German Village Vintages

On the Job: 20 Years of German Village Vintages

By Betsa Marsh

 

No one needs a calendar to track TGIF in Columbus’ German Village. Just look for the parade of neighbors and dogs headed to the weekend wine bar at Hausfrau Haven. Pups snap up treats and cozy under the tables while their owners crunch popcorn and sip just-in French Rosé.

 

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Wine Bars in the Windy City

Wine Bars in the Windy City

By Anne Brennan

Like a lot of cities, it seems as if the craft beer trend is overtaking Chicago – but wine bars are alive and well throughout the city, too, from upscale downtown venues to cozy neighborhood spots.

 

Rebekah Mahru, City Winery Chicago’s beverage director, says she notices Chicagoans “are moving away from the super-concentrated, overpowering …

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Wines of Ikaria: A Travel Odyssey

Wines of Ikaria: A Travel Odyssey

by Monica M. Schultz

It all started because I had been fighting a summer cold for a couple of weeks and finally went looking for a natural health solution. Instead, I stumbled on a chance to visit one of the most naturally healthy places on Earth – Ikaria, Greece.

 

Ikaria is one of the five Blue Zones …

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Seasons at the Winery: Early Spring

Seasons at the Winery: Early Spring

It’s only March but already many of us are planning spring pilgrimages to our favorite wineries – our antidote to cabin fever. There is little cabin fever at wineries, however, for winegrowers are in the vineyard, pruning old vines and planting new ones.

 

“This spring, we’ll replant 600 vines in addition to the 1,300 replanted in 2015,” …

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Vintage Oregon: A Passion for Pinot

Vintage Oregon: A Passion for Pinot

Only one region in North America mimics the growing conditions you’d find in Burgundy, France, where Pinot Noir is king: Oregon’s Willamette Valley, an hour south of Portland. So when you speak of Oregon wines, you’re probably referring to Pinot Noir. Oregon-grown Pinot started taking top honors in international wine competitions (in Paris in 1980 and New York …

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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 growing …

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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 the …

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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 area”
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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 be …

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