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Import Selection: Pinot Gris, 1991. Dunavar

This wine comes from the larg­est mountainous wine-growing re­gion in Hungary, Mátraalja, in the foothills of the Mátra mountains. Running from east to west, this mountain range offers ideal viticul­tural conditions to about 30,000 acres of grape vines which thrive on its sunny, south-facing slopes. There are three major quality strata in Hungarian wines. Vin… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Cabernet Sauvignon, 1989. McDowell

In 1970, Richard and Karen Keehn purchased over 500 acres in Mendocino’s McDowell Valley. Although grapes for wine produc­tion had been cultivated in this val­ley and sold to Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino wine makers without interruption since the 1890s, no­body had ever put a winery there. The region boasts low fertility, gravely loam soils, ideal… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Gini Roberts Sugar Cookies

As much as I look forward to the holidays, my stomach tightens and my head swirls as I think of all the social engagements, gift buy­ing, traffic, crowds and commer­cialism the holiday season entails. A few ago my mother approached me with an exciting idea. Christ­mas in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A Wyoming real estate agent… read more »

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Import Selection: Cream Sherry, NV. Sanchez Romate

Over 200 years have passed since the prominent and enterpris­ing Don Juan Sanchez de la Torre founded this venerable sherry house. The company has distin­guished itself for the unsurpassed quality of its products many times over, receiving coveted appoint­ments as purveyor to the Royal Family of Spain, the Vatican and the House of Lords. The… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Blanc de Noirs, Five Star. Sebastiani

Wow! Two superb Sebastiani bargain wines practically back-to-back! (Remember this September’s wonderful “Emilia-label” Cabernet #992A? It’s still available at only $7.29 ea., if you’re new and you missed it!) This winery has man­aged to stay in the same family’s hands despite tumultuous times; Prohibition, The Great Depres­sion, hostile take-overs and what­ever else has come along… read more »

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This Matter of Cellaring

I have had many inquiries lately as to the availability of cellaring equipment and or building one. Building one is not as hard as it might seem, and you just might have the equipment required at your home. I found a room in the house (closet, pantry etc.) that I could spare (a friend cut… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Veal Chops with Garlic Thyme Sauce

I am what you would call a “foodie”. Don’t bother looking it up in Webster’s, because it won’t be there. I can give you a brief def­inition of this word coined by food critics, writers, photographers and chefs: “A foodie is a person who considers food not only vital to his body, but to his… read more »

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Import Selection: Fondation, 1991. Barton & Guestier

The venerable French wine-shipping firm of Barton & Guesti­er (B&G) was founded by Thomas Barton in 1725, hence the proud name of this selection. Barton, of English/Irish heritage, having tak­en on a French partner, Daniel Guestier, was notably instrumental in developing the British Isles’ seemingly unquenchable thirst for Bordeaux wines. The massive market he helped… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Pinot Noir, 1988. Paraiso Springs

Paraiso Hot Springs are situat­ed in the Santa Lucia foothills, 40 minutes south of Salinas in North­ern California’s Monterey County. While establishing the Soledad Mission, Franciscan padres used the springs’ curative waters for healing purposes. The monks also planted early vineyards there. Two hundred years later (1973), current owner Richard Smith planted mod­ern vineyards, eleven… read more »

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This Matter of the Color of Wine

Your first introduction to a wine is through the sense of sight. The appearance and color of a wine tells you, or warns you, about what’s coming. The first question we ask: “Is it clear?” Cloudy wines are undesirable. These wines could have several different problems; leftover sugar combining with yeast for a secondary fermentation,… read more »

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