Category Archives: Cave la Romaine

Shake your way to less bitterness?

Last week I was catching up on some past episodes of Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s “The Splendid Table.” In one of them, Kasper interviewed Paul Breslin, Professor of Experimental Psychology at Rutgers University. He’s an expert on taste perception, and Kasper … Continue reading

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Resolution-ary news

“OMFG: Science Says a Glass of Red Wine May Be Equivalent to an Hour at the Gym,” read a post on the American Wine Consumers Coalition (AWCC) Facebook page. It was referring to an article by Ashley Fern that appeared … Continue reading

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Are big food and wine flavors ruining our palates?

A few weeks ago, I listened to an interview that “The Splendid Table’s” Lynne Rosetto Kasper did with Kate Krader, restaurant editor of Food and Wine magazine. Krader had written an article wondering if the trend toward really big flavors … Continue reading

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Our wine is better than your water

[Update: I learned today that while my translation is literally correct, the photo to the left is actually a very clever play on words. First, the “water” is real bottled water that’s produced in Sainte Cécile les Vignes, which is … Continue reading

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Vacation Rental Kitchen Surprises

Cooking on vacation can be a challenge. Even if the place has a nice kitchen, you’re not necessarily going to have the staples you have at home. If you’re lucky, the owners spend time there and cook a lot themselves, … Continue reading

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Let us give thanks for rosés this November 28th

Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings family and friends together.  Everyone tries to put differences aside and think of the things for which he or she is grateful and bask in good company. Those differences don’t have to be political … Continue reading

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The government shutdown affects wine importers. Who knew?

Each day for more than a week, I’ve been reading about how the federal government shutdown has affected people and businesses.  I didn’t think I’d have something to write about First Vine, though. Now I’m not furloughed and (I hope) … Continue reading

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Which came first, the wine or the sewage sludge?

People ask me if my background as a chemical engineer helps me in the wine business, and in general it does.  There’s a lot of chemistry involved in making wine, and fermentation on a large-winery scale is definitely a subset … Continue reading

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Do-it-yourself wine tasting where bicycles grow on trees

It’s Tour de France time again!  On Sunday, July 14, the racers departed from Givors, just south of Lyon, and ended the 15th Stage at the top of Mont Ventoux in the Vaucluse, riding 242.5 km.  Monday was a rest … Continue reading

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Wine Heaven – on The Hill

Tom is the managing partner of First Vine; he runs the day to day operations and selects all of our fabulous wines. I’m involved more on an “as needed” basis; I’m a Washington DC Realtor in my other life. The … Continue reading

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