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Wine in an Italian Style

June 25th, 2024

This past week marked the last wine tasting in a series of 7 tasting events in 8 weeks, and man what a time it’s been. We’ve tried wine from Oregon to Spain, rosé from all over, and saké from Japan back to wine from the Italian peninsula. The selection of Italian wines that we tasted…

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Saké: Now with More Rice!

June 22nd, 2024

This past week we had Chris Johnson from World Sake Imports in to present a selection of saké from his company’s portfolio, a fine lineup of the stuff in my opinion. Afterwards, longtime reader and frequent saké enthusiast Jeb noted that I hadn’t written a column on sake, and I thought, well that can’t be…

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

June 11th, 2024

A while back, regular reader and wine enthusiast Bill asked me about buttery Chardonnay. How, why, and what’s the deal? Aside from the base material (grapes) in the grand scheme of what a wine tastes like, yeasts, bacterias, and oak are some of the primary contributors to flavor. In the mid-twentieth century when the pinnacle…

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Wine of the Week- Monte Volpe Vermentino

June 11th, 2024

Graziano Family Monte Volpe Vermentino 2021 Special Price $12.99 Greg Graziano’s family has been farming grapes in Mendocino County, CA since the late 1890s. A few years back, he wowed us with his winemaking finesse here at State Line and many of us became solid and loyal fans since. Vermentino is a light-skinned grape variety…

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Have We Really Not Talked About This? Food Pairing Part 2

June 4th, 2024

After last week’s column, long time wine sales rep, and regular reader, Rob (who’s been calling on the store since the ‘90s) asked me why I decided to write about wine and food pairing. It was a busy Wednesday morning and I was distracted and the only answer that I could think of was that…

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