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Petite Sirah-Small Grape, Big Personality

September 21st, 2015 by Alan A. Barone

SharePetite Sirah is not about finesse, it’s about intensity. This grape is still grown in France; Australia has a few vines, as well as Argentina, Chile, Washington State and Oregon. The prime growing location for Petite Sirah is California. It is grown throughout the Golden State, favoring the warmer regions. In France’s Rhone Valley the [...]

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Friuli’s Summer Whites

June 23rd, 2015 by Alan A. Barone

ShareIn the northeastern corner of Italy, you are able to experience the bright coastal towns of the Adriatic, along with grasslands, pastures, rolling hills and finally the grand framework of the Alps all in a day’s drive. Welcome to Friuli. This seldom-explored wine area is officially known as: Friuli-Venezia-Giulia (Free-oo-lee Veh-netz-ee-ah Gwee-yee-ah). Let’s explore a [...]

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Springing Into Sauvignon Blanc

April 29th, 2015 by Alan A. Barone

ShareIn recent years, the green-skinned grape Sauvignon Blanc has been widely planted throughout various regions of the globe. From its humble beginnings in southwest France, it has been classically featured in Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre and Touraine in the Lorie Valley and Graves, Entre-Deux-Mers and Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux, to new world offerings in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, [...]

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Your Holiday Game

December 8th, 2014 by Alan A. Barone

ShareOnce again, it is the time for our seasonal Festival of Game menu featured every year in the month of December at The Griswold Inn. This is the perfect opportunity to try a variety of game offerings, as well as to taste some well-matched wines with one ultimate objective in mind: to elevate your dining [...]

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Winning Zins

October 22nd, 2014 by Alan A. Barone

SharePrimarily grown in California, although grown sparsely in other areas of the world with limited success, the Zinfandel grape is an original that linked closely to America’s wine heritage. Indeed, Zinfandel does love the sun. It tends to do best in cool-to-moderate regions with long hours of sunshine. There are several parts of California that [...]

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Central Coast Reds

August 21st, 2014 by Alan A. Barone

Share   It is true that almost 15 percent of California’s wine grapes are planted (about 100,000 acres) in the Central Coast, but a number of wine consumers still do not recognize the geography of this 250 mile long wine region. It has always been associated with good value and large production wines, even though there [...]

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Bountiful Barbera

January 31st, 2014 by Alan A. Barone

ShareNative to the Piemonte region in Italy, Barbera was transported to much of the new world by Italian immigrants that planted the grape in California, along with Australia and Argentina. The Piemonte may be famous for Barolo and Barbaresco, but the residents of this foot of the mountain district in Northwestern Italy choose Barbera for [...]

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Mendoza’s Malbec

October 29th, 2013 by Alan A. Barone

ShareEven though Argentina has been growing wine grapes for over 400 years, it has been only the past twenty years that the country has made its mark in the world’s wine industry and it has done so with the unlikely yet celebrated grape: Malbec.  In fact, Argentina is now the fifth-largest wine-producing country in the [...]

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Bordeaux’s Warm Weather Whites

June 11th, 2013 by Alan A. Barone

Share     Dry white Bordeaux wine may be relatively unknown to the average American palate and certainly underappreciated in the wine world, particularly because Bordeaux has been built on a footing of red wine.  Even the famous sweet whites like Sauternes or Barsac receive much more attention than most dry whites from Bordeaux.  They [...]

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Redefining American Merlot

March 8th, 2013 by Alan A. Barone

ShareThe Merlot grape is one of the five varieties of Bordeaux and may be traced back to the first century in France. Even though Cabernet Sauvignon is the regarded the premier grape of Bordeaux, it is actually second for total acreage.  Merlot is often the primary grape in blends due to its ability to ripen [...]

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