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Mauro Molino Barolo, 2000, Piemonte

What makes a Barolo truly great? Or how does one make a great Barolo? Two sides of the same coin in the ongoing debate among the “modernists” and “traditionalists” of Piemonte, …

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Our First Wine Reviews

Some of our first wine reviews. Check out the pricing! Ravenwood 2002 Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley$17.99 in PA ($25 outside PA) PLCB Code 13804A definite must-buy for Zin drinkers. …

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Pieropan 2004 Soave Classico, Veneto.

Thirty or forty years ago, Soave, as was the case with its Tuscan cousin Chianti, suffered the ignominy of becoming a “brand” name, a generic term for mass-produced, easy-drinking Italian white …

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Lagar de Pintos Albarino, 2005

Not that they needed it, but the recent infusion of Mediterranean-themed “small plate” menus on the local dining scene has opened palates to the quality and value of Spanish wines. However, …

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Cusumano 2004 “Benuara”, Sicily

Nero d’Avola has slowly gained credence as THE red grape of Sicily, combined here with Syrah to produce an interesting IGT wine that tones down the sometimes jammy, chewy quality of …

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Niepoort 2001 Vertente, Douro (PR)

The wines of Niepoort exemplify how much potential northern Portugal has, and the Vertente’s seamless integration of native grape varieties with a decidedly New World sensibility is nothing short of magical. …

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Alvear Solera 1927 Pedro Ximenez

This is a serious P.X. for a song–less than $20 for a 350ml bottle. A profound nose of dried apricots and figs leads to a mid-palate of rich, almost haunting notes …

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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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Der Kufs 2005 Spatburgunder QbA

I could spend all day sniffing a glass of this stuff–the nose is a beautiful combination of wild strawberries and rose petals, yet it’s in no way cloyingly perfume-y. The palate, …

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Di Majo Norante 2002 Ramitello

This wine, made from 80% Montepulciano and 20% Aglianico, is not for the faint of heart. The nose is a rich combination of cloves, blackberry, orange peel, and a bit of …

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Sierra de Siles 2003Tempranillo

An interestingly lolly-pop-like purple color that lightens to ruby at the edges is the first indication that this is a lighthearted wine. The nose smells strongly of cloves, and this exotic …

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Finger Lakes

The never-ending quest to find the veritas in vino was the impetus for a recent trip to the Finger Lakes wineries to ascertain the New York state of wine. Maybe it …

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