Hands-On Learning

In the next month and a half, The Grape Belt will be on the road in pursuit of some advanced wine education. You can read about wine all you want, but going out and meeting the grapes in person is the best way to learn. Seeing the vineyards up close and talking with the winemakers […]

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**UPDATE** Tasting Notes

Latest entries include two superb New York State rieslings, a beautiful rosé from the south of France, and four special reds from Italy, California, and the Basque Country. Cheers! WHITE 7/10/12  2009 Ravines Dry Riesling Argetsinger Vineyard, Finger Lakes (12.5% abv., $29.95, Empire Wines NYS): A pale green-gold wine with a clean nose filled with mint, apples, […]

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In The Pink

Have you ever had that situation where you get together with two of your friends who have never met each other? You figure that because you get along with both of them, then they’ll get along with each other. But when they finally do meet, it’s clear that they just don’t match up. Last week […]

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2010 Saint André de Figuiére Cotes de Provence Cuvee Magili

PINK 4/9/12  2010 Saint André de Figuiére Cotes de Provence Cuvee Magili (13% abv., $18, Paul Marcus Wines): A bright but pale salmon pink, this youthful wine is classic Provence, with aromas and flavors of strawberry and watermelon and just enough earthy minerality to give it some backbone. Crisp, mouth-watering acid is refreshing and easily […]

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Geek Of The Week — Grenache

If you’ve enjoyed wines from the Southern Rhone in France, or from any one of several regions in Northern Spain, you are certainly familiar with grenache, or garnacha as it is known in Spanish-speaking countries. But, if you’ve yet to spread your wine wings and can’t recall even hearing the words grenache or garnacha (sounds like […]

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