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By TOM MARQUARDT and PATRICK DARR There once was a time when only a handful of states produced respectable wines. Now, wine is made in all but a couple of states – and a lot of it is respectable. Although improved winemaking has enabled amateur winemakers to overcome weather obstacles, the opportunities have expanded because […]

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By TOM MARQUARDT and PATRICK DARR What is a great wine? Good question, right? But it isn’t one with a simple answer or an answer any more simple than defining truth. Great wine to us may not be a great wine to you. So when a critic slaps a “great” on a wine that cost […]

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By TOM MARQUARDT and PATRICK DARR A few weeks ago we wrote about inexpensive pinot noirs. Today, we offer readers more pinot noirs but at a higher price.  Not everyone can afford these wines, but they are worthy of consideration for a special dinner or as a gift for a special friend. Generally, the higher […]

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By TOM MARQUARDT and PATRICK DARR Just like the Byrds’ song of the 1960s “Turn! Turn! Turn!” there is a season for everything. This philosophical meandering was brought home at a recent tasting of 2000 red Bordeaux shared with good friends and our wives. It was actually a reprise of a tasting several years ago […]

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By TOM MARQUARDT and PATRICK DARR  Just like the Byrds’ song of the 1960s “Turn! Turn! Turn!” there is a season for everything. This philosophical meandering was brought home at a recent tasting of 2000 red Bordeaux shared with good friends and our wives. It was actually a reprise of a tasting several years ago […]

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By TOM MARQUARDT and PATRICK DARR There have been made times when we stood atop a rocky mountain overlooking a verdant vineyard and wondered aloud what inspired a grape grower to choose such a rugged terrain for his crop. Boulders had to be moved, packed ground dynamited and tractor equipment destroyed to get a crop […]

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By TOM MARQUARDT and PATRICK DARR Valentine’s Day prompts more people to buy greeting cards than any other holiday except Christmas. But gone are the days when in the 1840s Esther Holland, called the “Mother of Valentines,” used lace and ribbons to handcraft the first mass-produced Valentine greetings in America. Today’s cheap greeting cards couldn’t […]

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By TOM MARQUARDT and PATRICK DARR You can never get enough Italian wine, we say. There is so much diversity in the Italian wine market — prosecco, barolo, chianti, brunello and more — that it seems impossible to have tried all of the 350 varieties grown there. To taste all of them every year would […]

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By TOM MARQUARDT and PATRICK DARR For Pat 2014 marks 45 years since a part-time job in college marked the beginning of his exploration of the alcoholic beverage industry. The wine, spirits, and beer landscape has changed drastically since 1969 with an amazing evolution that today offers consumers an incredible variety of alcoholic beverages, ranging […]

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By TOM MARQUARDT and PATRICK DARR My, my, how malbec has changed. Once an obscure grape relegated to playing a cameo role in Bordeaux, malbec has been all but abandoned there because it is susceptible to frost and mildew. However, its thin skin is not a problem in the much drier Mendoza region of Argentina. […]

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