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April 2, 2014
2012 Leth Gruner Veltliner From: Wagram, Austria Price: $19 Serve with: Roasted poultry, salmon with cream sauce This is an especially rich, creamy version of this classic Austrian white wine variety. It's basically dry but with a hint of sweetness. Its lush texture is reminiscent of a top-flight Alsace pinot gris, but at a more affordable price. This wine is bursting with flavors of honey, peach, pears, orange, lime and mulling spices. It's a very impressive wine from a producer I haven't seen before.
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March 19, 2014
From: Sicily Price: $9 Serve with: Fish, shellfish, Thai cuisine This is a wonderfully fresh wine, just recently bottled. Inzolia, a white wine grape grown in Sicily, is hardly a household name, but this wine puts 90 percent of pinot grigios to shame. It's a fully dry wine, but it has so much lively fruit there's no severity. There are refreshing hints of lime, lemon, pear, mint and pine. It's a thoroughly enjoyable wine at a very appealing price, perfect for outdoor sipping between now and Labor Day. -- Michael Dresser , The Baltimore Sun
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March 19, 2014
From: Cotes de Gascogne, France Price: $13 Serve with: Bouillabaisse, spicy Asian cuisine This artful blend of 75 percent chenin blanc and 25 percent chardonnay combines the fruit of the former and body of the latter in a fresh, dry white wine. It offers refreshing, lively flavors of lime, pear, apple and minerals. An excellent choice as we move into spring and outdoors quaffing. From Robert Kacher Selections. -- Michael Dresser , The Baltimore Sun
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March 4, 2014
From: Piemonte, Italy Price: $15 Serve with: Pasta dishes, red meats This wine shows the softer side of Barbera, an under-rated red wine that can be hard-edged in youth. It offers complex flavors of black, cherry, spices, smoked meat and vanilla. It's a very smooth red wine that can be drunk with pleasure now. -- Michael Dresser , The Baltimore Sun
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Patrick H. Vogel, former president of Republic National Distributing Co.'s Maryland division, died Feb. 21 of cancer at his home in Louisville, Tenn. He was 62. The son of Herman Lentz "Bunny" Vogel, who was a corporate officer of H.C. Spinks Clay Co., a family-owned business, and Caroline Carothers Vogel, a homemaker, Patrick Herman Vogel was born in Memphis and raised in Paris, Tenn. He attended E.W. Grove High School in Paris, and graduated in 1970 from Henry County High School, also in Paris, where he was an accomplished athlete.
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February 25, 2014
From: Macedonia Price: $10 Serve with: Tuna steak, salmon, roast chicken The is certainly the first wine from the former Yugoslav republic to make its appearance in this space. It's a worthy import at an attractive price for a pinot noir. It's a light to medium-bodied red with good black cherry and raspberry fruit. It's not very complex but there are none of the "off" flavors one often finds with inexpensive pinot noirs. It's comparable to a good regional Bourgogne (Burgundy)
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
The most satisfying dinner isn't always the biggest. Some nights, there's nothing better than a huge glass of wine and a couple small plates. John Liberatore, part of the Liberatore family that owns five eponymous restaurants in the Baltimore area, agrees. Frustrated by the lack of wine and tapas bar options in Baltimore County, Liberatore opened Liquid Lib's last November in a space adjacent to the family's Timonium location. With good food and a festive atmosphere, Liquid Lib's is already a hit with the locals, who seem thrilled to have a new small plates spot in the county.
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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 Catherine Mallette | February 17, 2014
If a pretty, clear-skies day inspires you to embark upon a back-roads weekend day trip with your favorite road companion, consider a jaunt that involves wine and chocolates. Start with a trip to the Harford Vineyard & Winery, and pick up a bottle of Crimson Moon, a dry red that took a 2013 Silver Medal in the Maryland Winemasters Choice awards (may we recommend the Malbec, too?). Then head another 34 miles up to Pennsylvania, and visit Neuchatel Chocolates' factory store in Oxford.
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February 11, 2014
From: Mendocino County, Calif. Price: $20 Serve with: Beefy stews, pasta with tomato It's a bit hard-edged when it's first opened, but this full-bodied red wine quickly opens up to display vibrant flavors of blackberries, wild berries, plums, herbs and chocolate and black pepper. There's a port-like quality to this blockbuster, but it's a fully dry wine. It's pretty gripping. -- Michael Dresser
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