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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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Philadelphia Inquirer: Former LCB chief comes out in favor of privatizing State Stores

The man who once had the greatest say over what alcohol Pennsylvanians could drink has thrown his support behind the effort to take that control away from government and end the State Store system.

Jonathan Newman, the former chairman of the Liquor Control Board, said Tuesday that “the stars are perfectly aligned” to privatize the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania – an endeavor that has failed under three previous governors. “This is the year change is going to happen,” Newman said during a news conference at the Wine School of Philadelphia.

Newman joined House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) and State Rep. Tom Killion (R., Delaware), the sponsors of the bill to privatize the LCB’s wholesale and retail operations.

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Wine in a box

The story was originally published by the Philadelphia Inquirer on August 25, 2008.  The article is reprinted solely for educational purposes.  It is intended to offer insight into the history of …

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Jet Wine Bar

When I met Jill Weber, she was an archaeologist with a taste for wines from impossible places. Her palate followed her work: into the ancient vineyards of Syria and Turkey, through the ancient …

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Buzz Kill

A drug aimed at alcoholism is one step closer to hitting your corner pharmacy. Nalmefene apparently obliterates the pleasure of drinking booze by targeting -and blocking- specific receptors in the brain .  In a …

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Bacio Divino 2006 Pazzo, Napa

I was surprised when I saw this on the wine shelves. Ialways have a bottle of two in my cellar, and I always pay around$30 a bottle… gladly. A Sangiovese that …

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Torres 2005 Nerola, Barcelona

I could use a few years of age, as this is drinking extremely backward right now. However, within an hour, this wine opens up to reveal a balloon of rich fruit …

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Blind Tasting Wine

Blind tasting wine can be more challenging than a 1950s quiz show but also more fun. For many wine enthusiasts, it’s a humbling and educational experience.The Challenge of Blind TastingProfessionals regularly …

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Albarino Season!

With the warm weather upon us and the season of root veggies and all things braised blissfully put away for another year, this time has come to break out those bottles …

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Nita 2007 Priorat

I actually find the price of this wine both insulting and incredibly exciting—sort of like when I met Chevy Chase. Someone at the PLCB must share my love of Priorat and …

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