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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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Ohio’s Ferrante Winery Earns Prestigious Award in National Competition

Ohio’s Ferrante Winery Earns Prestigious Award in National Competition

Geneva, Ohio’s Ferrante Winery earned a significant honor when its Grand River Valley Vidal Blanc Ice Wine was named a Sweepstake Winner for the Dessert/Specialty wine category at the 14th Annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition earlier this month.

The Sweepstakes Winner title was awarded to only seven wines out of over 5,000 entries and was a unanimous vote by all…

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New Traverse City 7.5-Mile Wine Trail Combines Skiing, Wine Tasting

New Traverse City 7.5-Mile Wine Trail Combines Skiing, Wine Tasting

Winter getaways don’t mean you have to drive—or fly–hundreds of miles to tourist destinations when Northern Michigan is home to some of the most scenic wine trails in the United States: Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula.

With plenty of fresh snow blanketing the Midwest, winter revelers can spend a day in the rolling hills of Northern Michigan’s…

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Classic American winery turns 40

Domaine Chandon, producers of sparkling wines in Napa Valley, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, we tasted through their bubbly offerings and are happy to report that 40 suits them well. The winery makes two lines of sparklers. The Chandon label, with a California appellation and $22 suggested retail price, includes Chandon Brut Classic,…

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A fresh start for the New Year

Looking for a fun way to ring in the New Year at your holiday brunch? Give no-muss, no-fuss Soleil Mimosas a try. Made from sparkling wine and fresh juice, these cocktails taste homemade and offer a low-alcohol (8%) option for celebratory imbibing. They come in four flavors, all made with white wine and fresh juice: Soleil Mimosa Classic

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Leelanau Peninsula: A Region Evolving

Leelanau Peninsula, just west of Traverse City in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, is a bucolic landscape dotted with small lakes and bordering Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. It has long been farmland, blanketed with cherry and apple orchards.

 

But over the past few decades, a new crop has found its home. Leelanau Peninsula, a…

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California Does Bordeaux

While most of the wines coming out of California are single varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, etc – some wineries make delicious blends – mostly red – based on the traditional grapes of Bordeaux. These include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, though not all these varieties will necessarily appear in one wine. (For…

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Summer Through Rosé-colored Glasses

Rosé has its place year-round, but summer just seems to bring out the best in these refreshing wines. Generally, rosé is made by allowing the skins of red grapes to have contact with the juice (which is white) long enough to impart the desired color. Southern France, especially Provence and the Languedoc-Roussillon regions, makes much rosé, in which…

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Grand River Valley’s M Cellars

Good things are happening at M Cellars in the Grand River Valley appellation near Lake Erie in Northeastern Ohio. The first thing owner and winemaker Matt Meineke did when he bought his 12.6-acre farm was rip out the Niagara vines growing there and replace them with vinifera grapes. He started with Riesling and Pinot Noir then added more…

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Is There a Flaw in My Wine?

Some Common Defects and How They Get There

 

By Gary Twining 

 

Part of knowing and appreciating fine wine is the ability to determine if the wine in your glass is flawed or spoiled. While there are no harmful organisms that can live in the high acid/low pH of wine, the frustration of having a bottle…

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Maple & Vine: An Ohio Original

What could be more characteristic of Northeast Ohio than grapes and maple syrup? Blend them together with an expert hand and you’ve got a world-class taste experience. Produced by Auburn Twin Oaks winery in Chagrin Falls, Maple & Vine ($29.99/375ml) is a blend of Ohio Riesling, Traminette, Vidal and Vignoles highlighted by pure maple syrup…

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Alsace: Uniquely French

Wines from Alsace stand apart from wines made in other French wine regions. On the country’s eastern border with Germany, the area has been disputed throughout much of its history and has spent some time being part of each country. Germanic influence is strong and extends to the grape varieties grown, most of which are grown nowhere else…

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