Month: September 2014

General Wine

Going local uncorks a wonderful celebration

I’ve enjoyed 23 wedding anniversaries with the Wine Goddess, and most often we’ve planned an elaborate trip to a special place where we can celebrate. For the first five years of our marriage we’d schedule an off-season trip to the same Dennisport seaside hotel on the Cape. The late-September weather was beautiful for sitting on […]

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Sam's picks highlight Saturday wine event

What do the best wine directors drink when they go home from work? Saturday, Sept. 21 you’ll get your chance to find out at the Wine Connextion when Sam Messina reveals his eight favorites during a tasting event at the North Andover store on Main Street. Sam is one of the most knowledgeable wine directors […]

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Five wines that deliver a late-summer kick

Here are wines I’ve sampled recently which represent high quality and values. • 2011 Healdsburg Ranches Sonoma County “Unoaked” Chardonnay, $9.99 — It’s nice to taste the chilled minerality and fresh fruit without big, buttery oakiness, and this wine offers great sipping for this price. Clean grapefruit, apple and pear settle in nicely on the […]

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Like wine, daylilies are worth savoring

It’s a bit sad when the last bloom of the Wine Goddess’s garden of daylilies desiccates like a raisin, surrenders its summer grip from its stem, and returns to the earth from which it sprang. Autumn is here. The life of a lily’s glorious bloom is but one day, hence the name daylily. The plant […]