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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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The Sun-Drenched Southern Rhone

October 9th, 2012 by Alan A. Barone

Share Because we have chosen to begin our Autumn Wine Series in October with the wines from the Southern Rhone (we will have the perfect food to pair with them, as well),  I thought it would be particularly  noteworthy to discuss this scenic wine region of France.  Since the Middle Ages when the pope gave the order to [...]

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Summer: A Time to Blush

June 27th, 2012 by Alan A. Barone

ShareIt’s a warm summer evening in New England, after a sticky, sunny, near stifling day. Your mind begins to focus on a simple dinner, perhaps a salad or something simple on the grill. OK, first let’s take care of your wine choice:  something simple, light, cool and refreshing, perhaps low in alcohol, or even a [...]

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Aromatic Whites from Alsace

April 3rd, 2012 by Alan A. Barone

ShareUnlike the rest of France, the vast majority of wines in Alsace are white wines (they do produce a small amount of Pinot Noir). Despite their world wide appeal, most wines of Alsace are consumed mainly in France.  The four primary varietals of the nine permitted are also the only varieties that are allowed to [...]

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