Month: March 2012

General Wine

Taking the bland out of Savignon Blanc

The Cloudy Bay label depicts the famous New Zealand mist.” I had my first taste of Sauvignon Blanc in October 2011 on my trip to Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley. The crisp, acidic taste was different and I liked it. But I found the “likability” factor varied from winery to winery. Some were downright bland […]

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Wine, the new Massachusetts Miracle

Just think, there are over 3,800 bonded wineries in the United State and most of them — 1,800 — are in California producing more than 82 percent of the wine consumed from coast to coast. So where does Massachusetts fit in? We’re less than a blip on the radar, but a truly unique and growing […]

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Embrace Greeks Bearing Gifts

Two weeks ago, longtime Lowell resident George Zaharoolis presented me with a bottle of Greek red wine. “I want you to try this,” he said. “Tell me what you think.” Zaharoolis, who co-hosts a Friday radio show on WCAP, knew that I had started writing this blog and wanted my opinion. “George”, I told him, […]

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The Flying Winemaker lands in Lowell

Cameron Hughes, right, with MRT supporters. The dynamic, charming American wine negociant Cameron Hughes made a stop in Lowell Wednesday night, hosting a wine tasting fundraiser for 125 supporters of the Merrimack Repertory Theater. Hughes signed bottles of his signature vintage Cameron Hughes Lot 300 Cabernet Sauvignon. He also delighted oenophiles with his new releases […]

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The Wonderful World of Whites

Time to learn a little about the texture, body, aromas and enjoyment of white wines. Serve them chilled and with delightful foods. It is a shame that some wine drinkers limit themselves to just red wine. That’s like shutting yourself off to half the great vintages now being produced across the globe. In this video, we […]

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Keep it cool and corked

Wine is just like the human body. It was to be kept comfortable and protected from extreme temperatures. if you overheat your body, what’s going to happen? You’ll shut it down. The same is true with wine, weather red, white or a blend. Too much of hot or cold can have a deleterious effect on […]

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Looking for value, bargains

Usually when purchasing wine, you get what you pay for. Yes, a $100 bottle of wine bought at a good wine shop should taste like a $100 bottle of wine. The quality, the complexity and the balance should be superb whether it is a red or white. Still, on my hamburger budget, a $100 bottle […]