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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2011
Torrontes is Argentina's premier white wine grape, and frugal connoisseurs have latched onto it as one of the wine world's great values. This organic dry wine from the Michel Torino Estate is medium-bodied, clean and fresh. It offers a subtle mix of flavors — herbs, pears, tropical fruit — in which no one dominates. It's a very satisfying wine that is best consumed over the next six months. Wine Find: 2010 Cuma Torrontes From: Cafayate Valley, Argentina Price: $13 Serve with: Lobster, fish
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October 7, 2014
2008 Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva From: Rioja, Spain Price: $20 Serve with: Fine cuts of beef, lamb Finding a well-aged, high-quality red at a reasonable price isn't easy, but the world's most reliable source of wines that meet that description has be Spain's Rioja region. At 6 years old, this well-structured Rioja is a mere adolescent in its own development, but it's beginning to show the complexity that only comes with five or more years in the bottle.
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May 26, 2011
The 19th annual Wine in the Woods festival was held May 21-22 at Symphony Woods at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Beautiful weather helped attract crowds that averaged 20,000 each day, according to organizers from the Howard County Department of Parks and Recreation. Twenty-nine wineries from Maryland took part. Visitors who purchased a $30 wristband could sip as many half-ounce samples as they wished.
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September 30, 2014
From: Lodi, Calif Price: $14 Serve with: Beef short ribs, lamb shanks This full-bodied red wine packs a flavorful punch, even if it isn't the most elegant cabernet in California. It offers a full measure of cassis, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, with hints of chocolate cake and coffee. This is not a wine to serve with rack of lamb or beef filet, but would make a wonderful match with some of the less-exalted cuts of red meat. There's lots of burly charm here at an excellent price.
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By Lisa Airey, thewinekey@aol.com | December 13, 2012
Wine is subjective. It's a matter of personal taste and everybody's tastes are different. This is not just a question of personal preference. It has a lot to do with how we are hard-wired. For example, the average recognition threshold for sugar is 1percent. At 1 percent sugar, half the population will recognize a wine as "sweet" while the other half will either have recognized sweetness below that concentration or need additional sugar to acknowledge its presence. This is why two people drinking the same wine can have markedly different perceptions.
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May 12, 2010
The torrontes grape produces Argentina's finest white wine and some of the best values in dry white wine in the world. The charm about this wine is its in-your-face freshness and fruit. The flavors are intense, penetrating and surprisingly complex — with hints of pear, peach, tropical fruit, minerals, white pepper and spices. This is an absolutely spot-on late spring and summer wine to serve well-chilled and outdoors. Buy a case and drink it all before Labor Day. (Actually, you might have trouble making supplies last until July 4.)
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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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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
At Bay Theatre's Wine and Words production of "Four Weddings and an Elvis," a staged reading by Bay's brilliant team of actors on Sept. 8, the capacity audience discovered that life sometimes imitates art. The "Four Weddings" became five, with the fifth a real-life wedding ceremony in which Bay's co-founder and artistic director, Janet Luby, married longtime love Stephen Strawn in a ceremony on stage. The nuptials came with much applause and best wishes from at least 250 audience and family members in attendance, turning the show into a true wedding party.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
We love a good anniversary. Baltimore is about to host a huge, weeklong celebration for the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Unless they're traveling by frigate, everybody and his brother is going to be passing through Locust Point on the way to Fort McHenry. Also celebrating - Locust Point's own Wine Market Bistro, which is marking its 10th anniversary this month with various promotions and by feting diners with complimentary hors d'ouevres and wine tastings. The restaurant has earned the celebration.
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Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Columbia's Aida Bistro & Wine Bar has been a Howard County favorite since it opened in 2002. Loyal customers have followed the restaurant through several changes, including relocation and the introduction of an innovative - and cool - tap system for serving wines by the glass or carafe. During summer of 2014, owners Joe and Mary Barbera ushered in another set of changes, as former sous-chef Nina Swartz took over as executive chef and the restaurant introduced a new menu offering entrées at a mix of prices.
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September 2, 2014
From: Maule Valley, Chile Price: $16 Serve with: Grilled beef, lamb, goat I often find Chilean red wines to be a bit high on tannin and light on fruit, but this outstanding blend of 60 percent syrah and 40 percent malbec is an exception. It offers bright, syrah-dominated fruit right up front, the kind of flavor that jolts the palate awake. It offers a complex flavor mix including black cherry, raspberry, vanilla and black pepper. The malbec gives it structure, the syrah gives it charm.
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August 26, 2014
From: Monterey, Calif. Price: $20 Serve with: Lobster, roast poultry, salmon This full-bodied white wine is notable for its creamy texture, but behind the silky feel is plenty of backbone. It displays a broad spectrum of flavors - not unlike its pinot gris cousins in Alsace. There's lemon, melon, orange, vanilla, almonds and a melange of spices. This is quite a complete wine suitable for a special dinner. -- Michael Dresser , The Baltimore Sun
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August 19, 2014
From: Cotes du Rhone, France Price: $16 Serve with: Salmon, ham, fried chicken The color may be pink but don't be fooled: This is a wine with some muscle. Produced by one of the greatest winemakers on Earth, this is about as good as rose gets. Its intense, penetrating flavors include hints of cherry, strawberry and rosehips. It's grip on the palate is impressive. If you ever serve rose with red meat, this should be the one. -- Michael Dresser , The Baltimore Sun
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