Wine & Dine

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Featured Wine Grape: Alsace Pinot Gris

TRIMBACH PINOT GRIS RESERVE 2002, RIBEAUVILLE, ALSACE, France, $16 We had a guest to stay the other weekend. He wouldn’t profess himself a wine expert, but he’s no neophyte either:...
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Being Veggie in Ski Country…

Last Sunday, on the chair lift, one of the men in my ski group asked me something I’ve heard too many damn times before: “What do you vegetarians eat when...
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Why I Stay Home On Weekend Nights

Over the weekend I read a column by Matt Kramer in the Wine Spectator whereby he insists one should purchase at least four bottles of a good wine and open...
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Southern Rhône Round-Up

A SOUTHERN RHÔNE ROUND-UP BY VINTAGE AND VILLAGE, A JOURNEY THROUGH A STEADILY DEPLETING CELLAR DOMAINE DE LA MAVETTE GIGONDAS 1995, DOMAINE LES GOUBERTS GIGONDAS 1997 Though it’s a popular...
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Bexhill: The New Brighton?

Well, that might be stretching things a little, but with the recent £8 million restoration of its Modernist crown jewel, the De La Warr Pavilion, that formerly most dormant of...
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An Ideal Meal

It’s not often that eating out lives up to all one’s expectations and hopes, but a meal at South London’s hidden jewel RSJ last week was something close to perfection....
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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: A month’s worth of wine

SAINTSBURY 2004 ‘GARNET’ CARNEROS PINOT NOIR, CALIFORNIA, USA I was a little down on the 2003 vintage of this wine when tasting it at the Total Wine Bar in Brooklyn...
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In Defence of Australian Wine

Aussie wine gets a bum rap from many aficionados, and for relatively good reason. Five large companies produce 75% of the country’s wine, encouraging an increasing trend towards the lowest-common...
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