Month: April 2012

General Wine

A Night of Grape Success in Lowell

Thursday’s night’s wine tasting benefit for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank proved to be a grape success. Several hundred people came out to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium and tasted wines from California, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand and New Hampshire – that’s right, New Hampshire. Food stations surrounded the outer edges of the Auditorium […]

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Mastering the basics of wine with Dennis Meadows

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJQ-ZLjJT3Q] Dennis Meadows is the assistant wine purchaser at Ricardo’s Trattoria in Lowell. He’s also been managing the spacious bar for eight years. I met with Dennis on Tuesday to learn the techniques of properly opening a wine bottle, how to pour a glass of wine, and the best way to store an opened […]

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More Summer Wine Patio Pleasers

Monday (April 16) was Patriots Day in Massachusetts and the Wine Novice celebrated by sampling four “anytime wines” at Stadium Plaza Wine & Spirits store on Route 38 on the Lowell-Tewksbury line. Steve Maciejewski is the owner and has been operating the store next to Market Basket for 26 years, quite a strong run for […]

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What an Easter feast

What wines did you pair up with your Easter food feast? Sunday in Providence, at Mama Campanini’s, is a day when the senses, after 40 days and 40 nights of Lent, are revived in great celebration. The food aromas are rich and dramatic. We drank a small taste of  pink Banfi Rose` on arrival. It […]

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Summer wines are on the way!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_nqfXF2j28] Spending several hours with Dickie Rourke is like an adventure to Vintner’s Valley. The “Wine Wizard” (as I affectionately call Mr. Rourke) is now stocking his shelves with light- and medium-bodied summer wines. It’s a turnover I look forward too, sipping cool white wine on the patio or down in the backyard pergola […]

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Winemaker takes a calculated Zocker (Gamble)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-YX7wYLiB8] I’ve never met a real live global winemaking star but if they are all like Christian Roguenant, the world would be a far better place. Hailed as a “winemaking genius” by reputable wine publications, the fact that Roguenant was willing to share his secrets with a Wine Novice like me, and make me […]