Category Archives: recipes

When it comes to wine, no one likes it hot

As I’ve said before, I’m a science geek, and I really love it when I get to read scientific studies about wine.  For that reason, I always enjoy reading The Academic Wino, a blog that examines wine studies and summarizes … Continue reading

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Sustaining our wine, Part One

Before you get lost in the weeds of this very long blog post, a few points: 1)      This is the first of two parts on sustainability and winemaking.  In this post, I’m looking at sustainability in general, and how organizations … Continue reading

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First Vine News Roundup

It has been a while since I wrote with news about First Vine and our wines.  So this week I have a few items to share. In This Case, You Can Judge a Wine by its Label When I think … Continue reading

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Once the novelty wears off, what’s in the bottle?

As a wine importer and retailer, I get a lot of pitches for different wines.  Mostly, the come-ons talk about the grapes, the winemakers’ family and winemaking history and the winery settings, then secondarily about the soil conditions, and the … Continue reading

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In Season/On Special: Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Although they always look elaborate and showy, one of the easiest entrees to prepare is some type of roast – be it beef, lamb or pork.  Right now, Safeway has pork tenderloin on special for $3.99/pound (which will save you … 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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We don’t always believe it, but one person can make a difference

Before the holidays I wrote a post about our trip to France with my Dad to visit the village where he lived during part of the war.  Many of you have written that I left you hanging about what happened … Continue reading

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Ma in Ispagna son già…tre!**

Back in March I told you about attending the Spanish food and wine trade show in Valladolid and raved about the food there.  I promised I’d talk about some of the wines I’d tasted, thinking I’d get the wines I … Continue reading

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Occasional Cookbook Review — The Well-Seasoned Kitchen

Lauren DeSantis, host and producer of Capital Cooking, asked Tom to review cookbooks and books about food for her site.  Here’s the first one.  The book, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen, by mother and daughter Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper is … Continue reading

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Shh! This ine-way is iodynamic-bay…

[A word of warning — this is a long, dense blog post.  But have no fear, there’s still a recipe at the end!  Also, this post was the subject of a Wine Beserkers discussion forum, and the questions from readers … Continue reading

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