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Wine & Health through the Ages

Wine must be a magical elixir. Otherwise, how can we explain why a restaurant wine list often turns a CEO into a pouting child?  I have seen powerful doctors in bespoke …

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What are Tannins?

What are Tannins?The dictionary isn’t much help. Here is the definition:tan·ninnoun a yellowish or brownish bitter-tasting organic substance present in some galls, barks, and other plant tissues, consisting of derivatives of gallic …

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City Paper: NYE Toasts Uncorked

The story was originally published by the Philadelphia City Paper  on December 27, 2006.  NYE Toasts UncorkedAuthor: Amy Strauss1 Chimay Cinq Cents. Home Sweet Homebrew owner George Hummel recommends toasting with a bottle of …

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Wine Taint in California Pinot Noir

There’s no denying one of Pinot’s wine tasting hallmarks — and the reason many of us love it so — is its discernible funk on the nose.  Barnyard stank, dung, smokey …

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Top Wine Buys

For a full list of wine recommendations, check out our wine review page. Ravenswood Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel, Sonoma ValleyA definite must-buy for Zin drinkers. Dense and full-bodied, the wine uncorks …

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Chateau D’Alzon 1949 Saint Emilion

The story behind this bottle is intriguing.  Discovered in a basement in Philadelphia recently, it was part of a cache of French wines that had been cellared and apparently forgotten about …

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Of Bubbles and Guilt

As the holidays recede ever further into the distance, and as the Thanksgiving-to-New Years need to dull, the pain of all that happy-happy family time subsides, Champagne and other sparklers begin …

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Is Burgundy Worthwhile?

Wine educators constantly find themselves in a neutral zone defined by advocating too strongly for certain wines while damning others with less than faint praise. Or, in my case, of practicing …

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Who’s the Wine Snob Anyway?

Sure, we’ve all seen them.  Turning their noses up at what they perceive to be merely average or inferior wines, the so-called wine snob is as much of a fixture in …

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Wine Gift Recommendations

These wines will make great gifts and will be enjoyable by a wide range of wine enthusiasts.You can find these wines using the Wine Finder. If you live near Philly, a …

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A Cellaring Primer

With all the talk of the 2005 vintage in Bordeaux, this is probably a good time to discuss a few strategies for collecting wine. Because the truth of the matter is …

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