Category Archives: Champagne

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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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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First Vine Wine Topics

Back before we started blogging, first vine was sending weekly e-mails with a recipe and a wine pairing.  And occasionally a discussion of a particular wine topic.  The more informational e-mails are now here on the blog as First Vine … 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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Go Soak Your Nuts

Why your walnuts, of course, what on earth did you think I meant? Did you ever eat a handful of walnuts or a few tablespoons of peanut butter then wonder why you feel like you just choked down a brick?  … Continue reading

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Party Like It’s 1968

Originating in Switzerland, as a way to use up hardened ends of cheese and day old bread, cheese fondue is a classic peasant dish.   For whatever reason it became wildly popular here throughout the 60’s and 70’s and was the star … Continue reading

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Happy Champagne Day, Everyone!

What?  You didn’t know that Thursday, October 28, 2010, is Champagne Day?  Me neither.  The first I heard about it was a press release dated October 25 from the Champagne Bureau, which is the U.S. arm of the French trade … Continue reading

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