Category Archives: Champagne Bernard Mante

The other champagne grapes

Here’s a pop quiz for fellow wine geeks. Champagne (that is, the real stuff from France) is allowed to contain which grape varietals?  I’ll give you a hint: there are more than three of them.  What are “the other” champagne … Continue reading

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In Champagne, 100 years can disappear in an instant

There are all sorts of ways that wine links to history, not least its status as one of the world’s oldest beverages. Really old wine could be considered history in a bottle, but as I mentioned a couple of months … Continue reading

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Sorry, internet age: Maryland’s just not that into you

While it’s legal for people over 21 to drink alcohol, we all know that your ability to buy it depends on where you live.  And when you live in a metro region that includes three jurisdictions (plus county-specific regulations), you … Continue reading

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You won’t feel hung over having a whole bottle of champagne this Valentine’s Day

There are a lot of conflicting thoughts out there about Valentine’s Day.  Couples in relatively new relationships wonder how big a deal they should make about it, longstanding couples may decide to skip the chocolates and roses (although I’d never … Continue reading

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In Vino Veritas, but Does that Truth Equal Beauty?

Although one of the purposes of this blog is to showcase First Vine, our wine business, we didn’t call the blog First Vine, but named it Vine Art.   We liked the name not only because we think there is an … Continue reading

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How First Vine Beats the Heat

Dang, it’s hot. The weather is supposed to break tonight, but you may not last that long without something tall, cool and refreshing.  So, quickly – run to Harris Teeter right now, pick up a watermelon and stick it in … Continue reading

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In Season/On Special: Vidalia Onions

Forget cherry blossoms, tulips, easter bunnies and all the other hackneyed harbingers of Spring.  For me, spring means one thing and one thing only. It’s onion season!  $10 will buy you 10 pounds of sweet Vidalia onions at Safeway this week!  … Continue reading

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Bursting the bubble — at least the seltzer bubble, anyway

A few weeks ago, I read an article about blood alcohol levels in Wine Review Online by Dr. Michael Apstein.  He’s a gastroenterologist practicing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at … Continue reading

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Closure wars, culture wars

As we’re all painfully aware, it’s the style these days for politicians to demonize their opponents, especially when they have nothing much to say themselves. Really, though, the only thing new is the choice of words.  When I worked for … Continue reading

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Sorry, but you still have to exercise

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I think that wine is understudied.  It has been part of human culture for millennia as beverage, currency, and medicine.   But we don’t see many studies of its health … Continue reading

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