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Do you read any wine blogs other than this one? If so, chances are at one point or another you’ve found yourself over at Vinography, one of the longest-running, best-regarded wine resources out there. If not, may the great deity Dionysus have mercy on your wretched, wretched soul – and you should head over to Vinography now, because it’s incredibly pertinent to what I’m about to say. You see, Alder Yarrow, the site’s founder and principal writer, […]

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Mad for Madeira12/06/11

 

Like most Americans, I harbor a deep fascination with pirates. There’s a certain, undeniable allure about the pirate’s life, full of briny ocean air, fresh scurvy, and all the rum you can drink (provided you’re able to steal at least as much rum as you can drink from passing vessels). Of course, these days it’s not so easy to become a pirate. The aspiring plunderer of the modern age is left with but two real options: move […]

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Due to the raging success of my Pinot Soiree, which shattered my original estimates with a total of two non-me participants, it wasn’t long before another request to set up a tasting came my way. And with spring more or less having arrived, I felt this would be a great opportunity to broaden my own palate a little and taste some seasonally-appropriate rosé wines. If you’ve read my last entry, you’d know that I don’t typically drink […]

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Portugal is one of those countries that nobody’s quite sure exists. Some say that it’s in Spain, or next to Spain; others that it fled to Brazil in a strategic bid to buy time; and still others that it sank beneath the sea many thousands of years ago, never again to be uncovered. But setting that particular ontological question aside, there is definitely such a thing as Portugese wine, and today I’m going to be talking about […]

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