Austria

For these wine lovers, magical, mystical places

One of the major side benefits of being a wine enthusiast is visiting the regions that spawn our favorite beverage. Beside the truth in the old saw “grapes like to grow in beautiful places,” we can get up close and personal with the vineyards, tasting rooms, people and wineries. The food’s usually stellar, too, btw. A while […]

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Shatner

Linkin’ logs: 10-15-14

It’s geography time at Linkin’ Memorial High this week, with hap’nin’s far and wide and right here in Tundraland: • We start in Bulgaria, part of that buzzed-about behind-the-old-Iron-Curtain area that might be on the verge of becoming a playa in the wine world. Foreign investors think so, anyway. • Closer to home, my friend Sean […]

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Penis Wine

Gleanings: 10-14-14

It’s been a glorious stretch of weather, food and trade tastings, not necessarily in that order. As I collate my notes from the events, I also have encountered some fascinating (at least to me) aspects of wine: • Had an interesting tasting experience with my friend Mark earlier this week. We were checking out four cabernets […]

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Drinking

Poetry in vinous motion

There’s no question that wine can move a man (or woman) to verse, and there have been some dandy results when that transpires. To wit: When in joy we tap the cask All our dreams bring what we ask. Drink it! Drink it! Kindly Friend, Then our cares will swiftly end, Drink to you, then […]

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Sojourn

Wines of the Week: Oct. 6-12

Everyday: Spanish reds that are both rustic and ripe fit squarely in my wheelhouse. The 2011 Protos Tinto Fino Ribera del Duero is just such a wine, tasty and hearty, with ripe fruit and that earthy/dusty thang jostling back and forth all the way through the substantial finish. The winery opened in 1927 and won […]

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