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Cava vs. Prosecco

/ Updated on December 25, 2017

Spain versus Italy! Not a soccer match, but often just as heated among sparkling wine aficionados. And the debate continues: So, what’s the difference? There are two main differences: the grapes used, and the fermentation process. Cava is a Spanish … Continue reading

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I Found the Holy Grail

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I traipsed around Europe for six weeks in the summer of 1981. An incurable foodie, I blissfully ate my way through eight countries, including France. All the while totally ignorant that I was passing through the holy grail of wine … Continue reading

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A Wine By Any Other Name

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My mother, Mei Chen, would have been 82 this month. Her name “Mei” (pronounced “May”) means “beautiful” in Chinese. My mother was not much of a drinker, but for the occasional sweet dessert wine or wedding champagne. But she was … Continue reading

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Trending Blends

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As with everything in life it seems, things go in cycles. “Cool” is defined and redefined by trends. Fads come and go. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, people drank Chablis and “pink” Zinfandel, and thought they were the cat’s meow. … Continue reading

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It’s Gonna be a Groot Year

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It is common knowledge (especially if you live in Delaware) that Lewes is the first town in the first state, having been the site of the first European settlement in Delaware, a whaling and trading post that Dutch settlers founded … Continue reading

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Any Port in a Storm? Not So!

/ Updated on October 29, 2018

I remember the time when our daughter, who was 8 years old at the time, requested a taste of port after a holiday meal. After a small sip, she promptly declared, “Oh mommy, this makes my tummy all warm!” Many … Continue reading

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An Oregonian Classic for the Holidays

/ Updated on December 25, 2014

As one of Oregon’s founding wine families, David and Ginny Adelsheim purchased and planted 19 acres on the Chehalem Mountains (pronounced Sha-HAY-lem) in 1971, built a home, raised a family, and in 1978, produced their first commercial wines. Today, they … Continue reading

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A Family Affair

/ Updated on December 5, 2014

You would have to be of a certain vintage to remember the TV show of the same name (1966-1971).  The inimitable Mr. French, played by Sebastian Cabot, was the caretaker/butler for Uncle Bill (Brian Keith), a widowed father of two … Continue reading

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It’s All Greek (and Indian) to Me

/ Updated on December 5, 2014

Until we brought in the Kikones Malagousia, many of our customers had never experienced a Greek wine. Unless you count Ouzo (which I don’t), that powerful anise-flavored drink that is more akin to lighter fluid.  My husband loved his Ouzo … Continue reading

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Demystifying Châteauneuf-du-Pape

/ Updated on June 19, 2017

I’ll admit I was intimidated by this French wine long before I learned how to pronounce it. (“Pape” is pronounced “pop”.) Sounding more like a bed and breakfast you might find in Provençe rather than a classic Rhône-style wine, the … Continue reading

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