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New Adventures on the Wine Route

The first book I read when I was thinking of becoming a wine importer was Kermit Lynch’s Adventures on the Wine Route.  And I think if you asked most people in the wine business, they’d tell you it was an early … Continue reading

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10th Anniversary Musings, Part 1

Happy Winoversary to us!  First Vine officially started selling wine 10 years ago, almost to the day.   Our first shipment arrived on May 14, 2007.  Seven wines from four producers, all in the southern Rhône valley.  I wrote a post … Continue reading

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Out in the wine industry

Wednesday, October 11, was the 28th annual National Coming Out Day.   As I was reading NCOD posts on Facebook, it occurred to me that I don’t know very many other LGBT people in the wine business, or who write about … Continue reading

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May 30th is #LanguedocDay!

Looking at the date on this post, I see it has been a long time since I last blogged. Lots of reasons for the delay: work-related, personal, and procrastinational (not a word, but it should be). I have a few … Continue reading

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The government shutdown affects wine importers. Who knew?

Each day for more than a week, I’ve been reading about how the federal government shutdown has affected people and businesses.  I didn’t think I’d have something to write about First Vine, though. Now I’m not furloughed and (I hope) … Continue reading

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Can a little wine knowledge make you open to celebrity manipulation?

Did you hear that Emilio Estevez recently became a winery owner? It probably comes as no surprise that his foray into wine hasn’t generated as much attention as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s.  Think about the movies they’re known for.  … Continue reading

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Late with a new post, like the 2013 harvest

Sorry for the sparse blogging this past month.  I could give you the usual excuses — vacations, holidays, end-of-summer mental confusion, etc.  Instead, I’m going to say that the hiatus was in solidarity with our wine producers in the Southern … Continue reading

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Fig Cake for Early Fall

We are lucky here in the mid-Atlantic area to have an abundance of backyard fig trees with figs that are ripening up about now.  As you probably know they all come at one time, so if you’re anything like us, you’re … Continue reading

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Introducing bricks and mortar, even though they’re not ours

We’re proud to announce that you can now buy 15 different wines imported by First Vine at DCanter, Washington DC’s newest wine store!  DCanter is located at 545 8th St. SE, on Barrack’s Row. Shocking, right?  We’ve sold wine to … Continue reading

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A Cool Idea for Leftover Pasta

Usually when we have pasta left over we’ll make a baked pasta dish by layering the cooked pasta in a baking dish with marinara sauce, cottage or ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and whatever cooked vegetables or meat we have on hand.  … Continue reading

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