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By Michael Dresser | November 3, 2004
Bridges "Sara's Little Taxi," California Red Table Wine ($14). This nonvintage, medium- to full-bodied blend from Ashly Vineyard is more than just a whimsical name and label. It's a lush, smooth and meaty wine with ripe blackberry, blueberry, plum, earth and chocolate flavors. Serve it with red meat or pasta. There's no need to age it.
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February 18, 2014
From: California Price: $5 Serve: Pizza, pasta, chili, hamburgers Yes, Gallo Hearty Burgundy. You got a problem with that? This iconic wine, which led Gallo's move away from sweet fortified wines and into the realm of table wine, is celebrating its 50 t h anniversary. For as long as I can remember it's been a superb value. In 1972, "Time" put the wine on its cover and called it the best wine value in the United States. Not much has changed. It offers generous fruit, vinified dry, and a soft texture.
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By Michael Dresser | April 24, 1996
Wine of the week 1994 Reds, California Red Table Wine ($9)This inexpensive blend of several red grapes is a pleasantly chunky wine with overtones of blackberry and blueberry. No, it's not complex, but its high quality for the money reflects the commitment of its producer, Laurel Glen Vineyards, one of California's finest wineries.Pub Date: 4/24/96@
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May 7, 2012
From: Elqui Valley, Chile Price: $13 Serve with: Seafood, salads Find it at: i.m. Wine, 8180 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton, and other local wine shops Pedro Ximenez is a white wine grape varietal best known for its role in producing dessert wines in Spain's sherry region and in Australia. But this version from Chile shows it can also produce a compelling dry white table wine. The 2010 Falernia Pedro Ximenez Reserva shows a bright range of flavors: mint and other herbs, lime, grapefruit, pear and minerals.
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By Michael Dresser | March 13, 1996
1995 Hop Kiln's A Thousand Flowers, Russian River Valley White Table Wine ($9)There's a lot to be said for a truly frivolous white wine. Nothing complex or demanding here -- just springtime in a glass. It's a crisp, exuberant dry wine with so much peachy fruit it seems sweet. The blend is gewurztraminer, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling, if anybody cares. Bravo to Hop Kiln for having the good sense to rush this wine to market while it's fresh. Oh, that California's chenin blanc producers would do likewise.
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By Michael Dresser | September 21, 1997
1994 Monte Antico Red Tuscan Table Wine ($10).This finely crafted Italian red goes far beyond its modest legal designation to equal the finest examples of Rosso di Montalcino. Made from the classic Tuscan grape sangiovese, the Monte Antico displays amazing complexity for its price range. It's a medium- to full-bodied wine with expressive flavors of black cherry, herbs, tropical spices and smoked meat. This is a wine that begs to be served with grilled food. It has the structure to last a couple of years but will never be better than now. A terrific selection by importer Neil Empson.
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February 18, 2014
From: California Price: $5 Serve: Pizza, pasta, chili, hamburgers Yes, Gallo Hearty Burgundy. You got a problem with that? This iconic wine, which led Gallo's move away from sweet fortified wines and into the realm of table wine, is celebrating its 50 t h anniversary. For as long as I can remember it's been a superb value. In 1972, "Time" put the wine on its cover and called it the best wine value in the United States. Not much has changed. It offers generous fruit, vinified dry, and a soft texture.
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May 7, 2012
From: Elqui Valley, Chile Price: $13 Serve with: Seafood, salads Find it at: i.m. Wine, 8180 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton, and other local wine shops Pedro Ximenez is a white wine grape varietal best known for its role in producing dessert wines in Spain's sherry region and in Australia. But this version from Chile shows it can also produce a compelling dry white table wine. The 2010 Falernia Pedro Ximenez Reserva shows a bright range of flavors: mint and other herbs, lime, grapefruit, pear and minerals.
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By Michael Dresser | May 10, 1992
The following wines, all reds, are listed in rough order of preference.1990 Ridge Mataro, Evangelo Vineyard ($18). An exceptional, concentrated wine with awesome structure and aging potential. Bandol style and California muscle.1988 R. H. Phillips EXP Mourvedre, California ($13.99, 375 milliliters). The packaging is eye-catching but pretentious, a long bottle with ultra-thick glass that is both unstable on the table and misleading to the eye, since it looks as if it contains much more wine than it does.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2011
From : California Pice : $14 Serve with : Red meat, pasta This imaginitive California blend delivers excellent value at an attractive price. It's a medium-bodied red wiith gripping flavors of blackberry, blueberry and herbs — not complex but very satisyfing. It's not meant for extended cellaring so the use of a screwcap shows wisdom on the part of the winery.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
The Wine Market has elevated sous chef Andrew Weinzirl to the position of executive chef, the restaurant's owner, Chris Spann, announced Oct. 14. Weinzirl takes over from Chris Becker, who left to join the Bagby Group. "I wanted to find a chef that understood my culinary philosophy but who also had his own approach to food," said Spann, who added that Weinzirl had been running the kitchen for a month before his promotion. After graduating from Baltimore International College, Weinzirl put in time at Linwoods , Dogwood and the Chameleon , with a sojourn in between at the James Beard Award-winning Highlands Grill in Birmingham, Ala. On Weinzirl's first menu: a house-made short rib hot dog with apple kimchi; a pine nut and pinot noir risotto with wild mushrooms and Parmesan sage broth; and a pan-roasted Creekstone Farms bistro steak with potato-kohlrabi gratin.
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By Bob Allen | July 15, 2011
Ray Brasfield, owner of Cygnus Wine Cellars in Manchester, describes the Chancellor red wine grape as an old French-American hybrid that been grown in the eastern United States since the 1960s. "It has kind of come and gone as a popular grape, although at one time it was the most widely planted red grape in France," Brasfield said. "But there really isn't much of it planted in Maryland," he added. Though Chancellor's popularity has ebbed and flowed, Brasfield hit a fresh note with it when he used it for one of his most recent vintages of sparkling wine Cygnus's Royele Rose' de Noir Brut Rose, released in December, was hand-made exclusively from first pressings of Chancellorsville grapes, grown just up the road from Manchester, at Quail Vineyard, in the rolling hills of northeasternCarroll County.
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By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 17, 2010
Green will be everywhere today - on shirts, on faces, and yes, in beer. Though the parade might be over, there are still plenty of St. Patrick's Day events happening today and this weekend. Here are five Irish-themed options, including a "green" wine tasting and a Celtic concert starring our very own governor. Slainte ! Pub crawling for charity Four South Baltimore bars - Don't Know Tavern, The Rowan Tree, Taps and No Idea Tavern - team up to raise money for a neighborhood elementary school.
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By Michael Dresser | May 25, 2005
2004 Folie a Deux "Menage a Trois" California White Table Wine ($12). This blend of chardonnay, chenin blanc and moscato is not for people who want to pontificate over the complexities of deep, profound wine. It's just a fruity, lively, off-dry wine that makes for ideal springtime and summertime quaffing - preferably outdoors. It offers fresh flavors of peaches, honey, herbs, melon, cherries, hazelnut and sweet peas. Try it with spicy shrimp hot off the grill, or just use it as the wine with which to greet guests.
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