Category Archives: recipes

Why is wine jargon “pretentious” but sports jargon isn’t?

I recently was asked to review a book about wine.  It’s actually a good one, and I’ll be blogging about it soon.  But something on the back cover — which I read after I’d already read through the book and … Continue reading

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Historic preservation through winemaking

I have to admit that I get to see a lot of beautiful places as a wine importer.  People don’t go on reverently about the South of France for nothing, after all.  For most of first vine’s producers in the … Continue reading

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Wine — not ready for prime time anymore?

Have you noticed that we don’t see commercials for wine on TV these days?  Plenty of beer commercials, and even the occasional Arbor Mist ad.  But not wine, at least not that I see in my limited TV watching. Sure, … Continue reading

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Will 2013’s “Perfect Pair” Be Shoes?

One of my favorite means of underlining just how out of touch I am with popular culture is to read the end-of-year “What’s hot and what’s not” predictions.   Looking back on what was supposed to have been hot in the … Continue reading

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Be thankful we’re not Pilgrims and can make this cocktail

There’s a lot of advice out there on what to drink on Thanksgiving.  We of course think you should be drinking wine with your meal.  Thanksgiving food is a tough pairing for a single wine, since the meal is a … Continue reading

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A Wino at the Presidential Debates

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that I don’t talk politics in it.  Sure, I called for a boycott of California wines after the state’s residents passed Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages.  And yes, I have … Continue reading

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If you have to be stuck behind a truck…**

You’ve probably seen lots of photos of the harvest in wine regions throughout the world.  It looks beautiful – those full clusters of grapes, the wine-stained hands of the workers, the greenery of the foliage, and the shadows cast by … Continue reading

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When it comes to tasting wine, the eyes have it

The 5th North American Wine Bloggers’ Conference was held in Portland, Oregon earlier this month.  Three hundred plus drunken attentive bloggers descended on Portland for networking, good wine, and interesting information for wine bloggers, wine drinkers, wine merchants, wine educators, … Continue reading

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Sometimes we just want sparkly things

When you think about wine too much of the time, you get some bizarre ideas.  And if, like me, you work at home in a room right off the kitchen, those bizarre ideas often involve kitchen equipment. Wine + kitchen … 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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