Monthly Archives: February 2011

Chopin and Octagon at Barboursville: Wine and Music Pairing

Everyone talks about wine and food pairing. But what about wine and music pairing? We discovered this entirely new area of inquiry quite by accident yesterday. Luca Paschina, winemaker at Barboursville, invited us to a vertical tasting of the winery’s … Continue reading

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Wines to Warm the Winter Spirit

Sweet wines used to be the most sought after and expensive wines in the world. The framers of the Declaration of Independence toasted their success with Madeira. [According to one report, 54 bottles of Madeira and 22 bottles of Port … Continue reading

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Austria’s Grüner Veltliner: The Best Wines Under $15

Grüner Veltliner is the national grape of Austria and one of the world’s elite white wine grapes. The best examples of Grüner are expensive, but many delicious bottlings can be found at affordable prices. We recently tasted hundreds of Grüners … Continue reading

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Humberto Canale: Railroads, Canals, and Wine in Rio Negro

Wine in the part of Patagonia that is now officially called the Alto Valle del Rio Negro has a fascinating history that culminates in today’s excellent and often elegant Malbec, Pinot Noir and other wines. While the region still has … Continue reading

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