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Putting Wine in Context

By Michael Green – Repeat this mantra: “All wine need not be great. All wine need not be celestial.” Believe it. Own it. Don’t forget to breathe. Now sip! In this information age and urban environment, in which most of us live, we are besieged with wine criticism and reviews that often proclaim the best wines…..the greatest wines….the “you must …

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Summer Picnic Wines

By Michael Green – The sweat trickled down my brow. With each and every sip, my whole being became overwhelmed, lethargic and terribly unhappy. Physiologically and “gustatorily,” I was perspiring and parched. Very parched. No, this is not a scene from a Harlequin romance, but perhaps I am getting ahead of myself. Let me set the scene – New …

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Summer Wines – What You Need to Know

By Marsha Fottler – Michael Green is one of America’s premier wine and spirits celebrities, serving as the Gourmet Magazine wine and spirits expert for 19 years along with making appearances on the Today Show, Food Network, MSNBC, and CNN. His wine stories as they relate to food, travel, business and lifestyle have appeared the New York …

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It’s Like Sipping Spring

By Robert Paul – I appreciate the taste of Prosecco the way I like sparkling rose wines – in the warm or hot weather. If you haven’t discovered Prosecco yet, April is a great time for your own personal tasting of the several brands on the market. Prosecco is a sparkling Italian wine produced in …

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Gourmet Highway: A High Celebration

By Doc Lawrence – Celebrating its 20th anniversary, The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, the largest charity wine auction in the U.S. benefiting the arts and the fifth largest overall has brought more than $22 million over the years to the museum. The entire Southeast directly benefits from the educational and exhibition events made possible …

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The Cordial Course – How Cordial

By Robert Paul – Along with the comeback of martinis and other mixed drinks, the cordial or after-dinner liqueur is enjoying a renaissance. I, for one, am all for it. A portion of my bar is devoted to drinks that I bring out after dessert. The bottles are artistic looking and the liquids therein are …

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A Sparkling Budget Choice

By Robert Paul – Jaillance Cremant de Bordeaux Cuvee de l’Abbaye is a festive bubbly that’s also light and pretty. But, best of all, it’s a budget buy. The term “Cremant” is used because this French sparking wine is not from the Champagne region and therefore that regional label may not be used to describe …

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Gourmet Highway: Love, Bubbles and Ballet

By Doc Lawrence – February is that month set aside to celebrate love with Valentine’s Day positioned right in the middle. I think of red roses, chocolates, Champagne and most often an intimate dinner. There are a few highly original items that add to the joy and romance of Valentine’s Day. Some of the greatest …

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A Sip & A Taste of South Africa

By Carol-Ann Warr and Kaye Warr – The South African wine industry is one of the oldest in the world and one of the newest. The first vines were planted by Dutch settlers to fight scurvy in the Cape at the southern tip of Africa in the 17th Century. It is said that Napoleon in …

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