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By Michael Dresser | October 8, 2008
2007 Evil Cabernet Sauvignon From: Southeast Australia Price: $12 Serve with: Red meat, pasta This medium-bodied, nonvintage red wine is a blend of seven red-wine varietals - from the well-known cabernet sauvignon to the less-well-known carignane. (Its white counterpart is a comparably charming and identically priced seven-grape melange.) The red wine is well-balanced, fruity, ready to drink now - with flavors of blackberry, black pepper, cherry, vanilla and smoked meat. It finishes with good acidity and finds a good middle ground between simplicity and snootiness.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
When Nick Schauman was a toddler, his grandfather, Larry Hunton, taught him how to eat raw oysters. Hunton let his grandson tag along on trips to Lexington Market, where the duo would sit at the raw bar (Schauman sat on top of it) and slurp down oysters "faster than the man could shuck them. " Back then, ordering a dozen oysters simply meant asking for "oysters. " Forty years later, at oyster bars and fishmongers across the region, "boutique" oysters harvested from oyster farms - many of them local - are the norm.
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By Bill Daley and Bill Daley,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | April 4, 2007
Word that red wine is good for you has been around ever since 60 Minutes famously aired a report on "The French Paradox" in 1991. The CBS television newsmagazine examined the question: How could the French eat all that fatty, egg- and cream-rich food and not suffer the kind of heart disease we Americans do? Regular consumption of red wine was part of the answer, the show declared. Red wine sales shot up dramatically. Ever since, scientific studies have emerged linking consumption of red wine with good health and aging.
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By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| February 25, 2014
Tony Foreman of Foreman Wolf will help transform Everyman Theatre into an "Italian festival" of food and wine on April 5 for a fundraising event for the theater. Organizers invite guests to "wander the rooms of our new home to find crudo paired with festive sparking wines, grilled meats and pastas alongside the bold flavors of red wine, Italian pastries, silent and live auctions of food, wine and travel and more!" There will be music from Baltimore's Bosley along with fencing, cabaret, comedy and dancing.
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By Lisa Airey | September 22, 2011
September meals still hold summer's warmth. Lighter dishes in the form of fish and shellfish continue to find their way onto the table, yet nights are cool and beg for red wine.  Red wine with fish? It can be done, and successfully too. It just takes knowing your elements and how to combine them, alchemy fashion. Tannins in red wine often react with fish oil to produce a bitter, metallic, copper penny taste on the palate. The fish ends up tasting quite fishy and the wine turns into liquid aluminum foil.
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December 3, 2013
2010 Wolfgang Puck Red Wine Blend From: California Price: $15 Serve with: Beef roast, leg of lamb Celebrity-named wines don't always live up to their star-studded labels, but this red wine from the famous chef can only bolster his reputation. It's a full-bodied blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel that delivers not only powerful flavor but abundant value. It offers ripe flavors of blackberry and black cherry fruit, with hints of earthiness, chocolate and herbs.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2011
This skillfully crafted blend of eight red grape varieties — most of the heavy hitters of the Rhone plus cabernet, sangiovese and zinfandel — provides great value. It's a medium- to full-bodied wine with the appealing flavors of wild berries, blueberry and chocolate. Complex? Nah. But very appealing and easy to drink. From: California Price: $10 Serve with: Hamburgers, pasta, pizza
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By Michael Dresser | May 3, 1995
Honest, palatable red wines for $5 are not common these days. This Portuguese wine will never excite the upper crust, but it's a fine summer red wine for washing down burgers by the RTC barbecue grill. Don't take it too seroiusly and it will reward you.
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By Theresa Barry and Theresa Barry,Bloomberg News Service | December 1, 2006
Red wine surrendered a clue to its health benefits in a study suggesting Madiran, a traditional French wine, may be brimming with one of the more valuable ingredients for protecting the heart. Scientists found the most potent form of polyphenols, which help reduce the risk of artery damage, in Madiran, and lesser amounts in other wines from southwestern France and Italy's Sardinian province of Nuoro. People in those regions also tend to live longer than those in surrounding areas, according to the study, in yesterday's issue of the journal Nature.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER and MICHAEL DRESSER,SUN REPORTER | November 2, 2005
There's a racy, wild-berry nuance to this wine that lifts it out of the ranks of the ordinary. An imaginative blend of merlot, sangiovese, zinfandel and grenache, it delivers vibrant flavors of black cherry and spices. It's a medium- to full-bodied wine that is well-suited for immediate consumption. SERVE WITH // grilled steak or lamb, pasta or pizza
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February 4, 2014
2011 Newman's Own Cabernet Sauvignon From: California Price: $10 Serve with: Red meat, pasta, pizza This red wine from the company founded by the late, great actor Paul Newman is a terrific value. No, it's not the most complex cabernet to ever come out of California, but it holds its own with many that fetch twice its price. It's a medium- to full-bodied wine with up-front, accessible flavors of black cherry and vanilla. It could be even better in a year or two, but it's mighty easy drinking right now. -- Michael Dresser
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December 3, 2013
2010 Wolfgang Puck Red Wine Blend From: California Price: $15 Serve with: Beef roast, leg of lamb Celebrity-named wines don't always live up to their star-studded labels, but this red wine from the famous chef can only bolster his reputation. It's a full-bodied blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel that delivers not only powerful flavor but abundant value. It offers ripe flavors of blackberry and black cherry fruit, with hints of earthiness, chocolate and herbs.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
In The Baltimore Sun's my ongoing devotion to any and everything "Downton Abbey," I present to you the new Downton Abbey Wine Collection. Carson, start pouring. According to a press release (memo to all people: please continue sending me all releases related to "Downton"), the collection is available today in anticipation of the Season 4 premiere stateside in January. The Downton Abbey Wine Collection "features two enticing blends from the Bordeaux region of France: a 'Blanc' white wine and a 'Claret' red wine.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
  Dinner in a suburban Italian restaurant is rarely worth a one-hour wait. But it is when it comes to Facci, the first restaurant in Ellicott City 's new Turf Valley shopping center. The restaurant, which opened in September, is named after owner Gino Palma's wife, Pilar; Facci is his pet name for her. Palma's concept is straightforward: high-quality Italian food (Palma hails from Naples), professional service and a sophisticated but comfortable atmosphere. On these, Facci delivers.
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July 23, 2013
From: California Price: $18 Serve with: Hearty stews, pasta dishes, pizza This is a big charming bear of a red wine from Geyser Peak - burly but with a gentle soul. It's positively loaded with fruit, and it fully achieves the trick of seeming sweet without being sweet. There are lush flavors of blackberry, herbs and chocolate and a smooth texture that begs to be drunk - now!. -- Michael Dresser
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June 11, 2013
From: Rioja, Spain Price: $13 Serve with: Grilled red meat, pasta dishes Spain's magnificent Rioja region continues to produce some of the world's finest values in red wine, and this gem imported by Kysela Pere & Fils is a splendid example. It's smooth, ripe and complex far beyond its price tag. While medium-bodied and accessible now, these well-made Rioja's have great aging potential, and this wine could be even better in five to 10 years. It offers vibrant flavors of vanilla, black cherry, Asian spices and Mediterranean herbs.
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August 23, 2006
A blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah, this California red wine is a hearty mouthful with good balance and concentration. It displays intense flavors of black cherry, blackberry, smoked meat, black pepper and earth. While accessible now, it should age well for five or six years - with no fear of cork contamination because it comes with a screw cap. The alcohol level is a heady 14.5 percent, but it hardly shows on the palate. Serve with beef stew, lamb, lasagna. Michael Dresser EVENTS Summer patio parties on the pier -- McCormick & Schmick's, 711 Eastern Ave., features live music and food and drink specials from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow.
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May 8, 2013
From: California Price: $9 Serve with: Hamburgers, pizza, simple stuff This red wine from the budget Rosso & Bianco (red and white) line from the winery founded by director Francis Ford Coppola is simply a good value. Billed as "a wine for everyday life," it lives up to that promise. It's not complex or elegant, but drinking a wine like this every day would not be a bad life to live. It's simple, fruity, medium- to full-bodied and offers winning black cherry and herbal flavors.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
"Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. " - Pope John Paul XXIII Nelson Carey, the genial publican at Belvedere Square's Grand Cru wine bar, is naturally filled with interesting and offbeat wine, beer and booze trivia, which on occasion he dispenses to interested listeners. The other day, while talking to several regulars about Pope Francis, he uncorked the fact that Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the great, robust red from France's Rhone Valley region, has direct papal ties.
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