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August 13, 2014
From: California Price: $12 Serve with: Grilled beef or lamb; pasta This is a great red wine value highlighting one of California's most underappreciated grapes: petite sirah. This intensely fruity, full-bodied wine gives the impression of sweetness without actual sugar. That's a good thing. For a relatively inexpensive wine, it offers a complex mix of flavors: coffee, chocolate, blackberry, blueberry. Petite sirahs can be rough when young but this has smoothed out nicely at three years.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2014
All day Tuesday, they came to the Grand Cru wine bar with swollen red eyes, hugging one another and trying to make sense of the loss of a good friend and boss. They lifted a glass and reminisced about Nelson Carey, the genial and worldly publican of Belvedere Square, whose Grand Cru has been a popular destination for a decade. Mr. Carey, whose European-style wine bar and patisserie was more than a home away from home for an eclectic and devoted band of regulars, died early Tuesday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2014
2012 The Seventy Five Wine Co. "The Sum" From: California Price: $20 This excellent red blend of cabernet sauvignon, syrah and petite sirah from Tuck Beckstoffer Wines delivers far more complexity than its price tag would lead you to believe. This is a sophisticated, concentrated wine with ample flavors of black cherry, blueberry, coffee and chocolate. It is quite accessible now but has the backbone to age well for at least a decade.  -- Michael Dresser , The Baltimore Sun
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
New advances in wine technology are great news for people who thrive on variety and experimentation. With more Baltimore-area restaurants adopting an array of advanced wine-dispensing systems - from kegs to devices that allow wine to be poured without removing the cork - it's easier than ever to imbibe without committing to a single bottle. These new systems have a cool factor that makes wine geeks go nuts. But the technology is for more than just show. Implementing these systems translates into more options for customers, cost savings for restaurant owners and environmental benefits for everyone.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2014
From: Venezie, Italy Price: $20/3 liter Serve with: Crabs, lobster, salmon This is a superb addition to American consumers' selection of boxed wines - a format that increasingly deserves respect. This dry white wine is a surprisingly full-bodied blend of 80 percent of the little-known Italian variety garganega and the ubiquitous pinot grigio. The garganega must be the key because this wine has more character than most pinot grigios, with its intense nuttiness, creamy texture and hints of pear and minerals.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2014
From: Rissian River Valley, Calif. Price: $20 Serve with: Grilled salmon, fried chicken, crabs If you associate pink wines with sweetness, this wine could come as a surprise. It's a classic dry rose, bordering on severe but very stylish and crisp. It's a perfect wine to serve well-chilled on a summer evening on the deck or patio. It offers lively flavors of cherry, strawberry and rosehips and a distinct mineral character. Its elevated 14.5 percent alcohol is well-masked by the fruit but could creep up on the unwary because one glass will lead to a desire for a second, etc. -- Michael Dresser , The Baltimore Sun
TRAVEL
The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
It's another busy summer-like weekend in Ocean City highlighted by the return of a more robust and exciting air show. Art's Alive. Art's Alive offers its annual Fine Art Show at Northside Park, June 14-15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with more than 100 artists displaying and selling their works. There's also live music, food and art activities for kids. Free. Info: ococean.com/events/arts-alive Maryland State Firemen's Association conference. Maryland State Firemen's Association comes to Ocean City for its annual conference June 15-18.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2014
From: North Coast, California Price: $15 Serve with: Steaks on the grill, leg of lamb With Father's Day coming up, what better choice than a bold, well-price cabernet sauvignon made as a tribute to the winemaker's father? Josh Cellars is named for Joseph Carr's dad, who bore that nickname. This full-bodied but smoothly textured wine delivers moderately complex flavors of black currant, black cherry, chocolate and spices. It's fully drinkable now but could age for at least five years.
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