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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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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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Farmer’s Markets & A Fresh Fruit Dessert for Summer

When you send out a weekly communication that includes a recipe year after year, as Tom and I have done, at a certain point you worry about running out of recipes.  So we have no qualms about hitting anyone and everyone up … Continue reading

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This year, pass the stories around with the crescent rolls…

It’s the time of year when we think about our families.  So I hope you’ll indulge me with this blog post about my family.  More specifically, my father, and the trip that Cy and I took with him to southwestern … Continue reading

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From old-time farming to biodynamic certification

About a year ago I predicted that 2011 would be a year when we’d hear a lot about sustainable and biodynamic wines. Well, I was right, at least as far as first vine is concerned.  One of our producers got … 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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Go Bananas

Demerara sugar is a type of unrefined sugar with a large light amber grain. Crystallized from the initial pressing of sugar cane (as opposed to sugar beets), the minimal processing gives demerara sugar a unique flavor and crunchy texture.  Because … 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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