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  • A Celtic Prince. A French excavation site. A Greek wine jug.  Though seemingly unrelated, this trinity made headlines this past week when INRAP archaeologists working in Lavau, France, unearthed the tomb of an ancient Celtic ruler which contained a mesmerizing Greek wine jug depicting – fittingly enough – Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and Leth... Read More

    From the article Celtic Prince's Grave Reveals Ancient Greek Wine Jug


  • Yesterday (a cold and snowy Saturday) we ventured out to a mall about 15 miles away to purchase some birthday gifts for our almost 2 grandson; the mall closed early due to the worsting snow / sleet conditions and the return home was at 15 to 20 MPH all the way.  Then the shovels came out in force to shovel another 4 inches of snow before the ice... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • The middle of February has long been a time to celebrate love. The ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals to honor fertility and marriage. The fourteenth century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote of love birds choosing their mate on St. Valentine’s Day. During the same period in France, King Charles VI issued a charter directing members of h... Read More

    From the article Wine & Chocolate Pairings (in a Love Emergency)


  • A nice surprise this morning - our daughter-in-law's parents dropped off a few gifts for us.  One gift was a very special bottle - the 2012 Caymus Vineyards 40th anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon in a 1 liter bottle.  It's worth about $65 at Total Wine, but some reviewers found it a little sweet.  Here's the Wine Advocate assessment for it's 96 poi... Read More

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  • My name's Dick and I LOVE wine!I'm still in Seattle, on tablet (don't know how to cut and paste with it), but I can post BC's regulations for interest's sake.  The crappiest wine in BC is actually called Cellared in Canada, but it's typically made entirely of plonk from anywhere but.Christmas gifts I received included a 2001 Bertani Amarone and ... Read More

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  • Hi All,  I hope you all have great Holiday season.I bought some Champagne and other sparkling white wine today and for the first time noticed there is no year indicated on the label. I haven't noticed that before.I am guessing it is only new to me.But I wonder why not all wines indicate the year and what does it mean, if at all.Thanks for your i... Read More

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  • Not too many years ago, I had what is still referred to in my family as the "Christmas of the Rack" -- an entire holiday season where I inexplicably received a ton of very odd wine storage units. There were racks shaped like stars and guitars, racks meant for hanging and stacking, racks so bizarre and forcibly whimsical they could only have been... Read More

    From the article The Best and Worst Wine Gifts


  • My elder daughter was born in 1982. Since the end of the last decade I've been struggling more and more in the effort to give her bottles of good wine from that vintage every year, though still can on more special, less frequent, occasions than just a birthday. So I've switched to other things like hot spring resort and other trips, massage coup... Read More

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  • We are staring down the barrel of the holiday season. For a time of year that should be filled with joy, it can be pretty stressful. Trying to find that perfect gift can be overwhelming, unless of course you have a wine lover on your list. We are so easy to please: books, gadgets, even wines will make us happy. (Although when it comes to specifi... Read More

    From the article The Wine Lover's Ultimate Gift List


  • Even my wine geek pals start to reach out to me around this time of year: “Uh. The office asked that I find something for the boss. We have a budget of $150. He’s lame and never stands up for us in front of the top dogs, but we can’t buy him Wild Turkey. What do we do?”Here’s my list of best wine gifts for those critical players in your life. Re... Read More

    From the article Wines for Holiday Gifting


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