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Turner Wines at Great Prices


Our friend Tim Turner of Turner Wine Imports is making room for new wines that are coming into his Morrisville warehouse, and he has offered me some deals I couldn’t refuse. Chef Yvonne and I brought the wines back to Washington earlier this week, and we’re going to pass the savings on to you this weekend. These are wines we’ve had before, so if you’re a fan, make sure to take advantage of these extraordinary prices. The sale prices won’t last past this weekend...and many of the wines will be gone before Saturday.

Early Sale and Newbies in Time for the Season


This week I’m receiving my first delivery of some Holiday Pre-Sale items, and I’m passing the savings on to you. That’s right, it’s time to think about the wonderful wines you’ll be serving at your feasts and parties or gifting to your loved ones. We’ll start with two that are old standbys for feasts and fiestas:

Saint Hilaire Brut (Limoux, France) Regular Price $17.85/ Feature Price $15.17

Moving right along...

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There's no real theme for this week's Featured Wines, except that we're moving into the late summer/early autumn season here and leaning toward wines that go with hearty feasts and longer nights.

Cavicchioli Sparkling Wine (Modena, Italy) Regular Price $15.55/ Feature Price $13.22

Odds 'n Ends - And Great New Spanish Reds

I’m calling this Featured Tasting “Odds ‘n Ends” because there’s no unifying theme...just great wines at great prices that I want you to try. My real purpose this week is to introduce the new read on.

Venturini Baldini Reggiano Lambrusco Rosso Amabile (Reggio, Italy) Regular Price $12.20/ Feature Price $10.37

New...& sort of New

Fontanavecchia Taburno Falanghina del Sanno (Campania, Italy) Regular Price $15.95/ Feature Price $13.56

We start with one that’s “sort of new.” We Featured it at the beginning of the summer, because of its incredible mineral crispness. It’s time to do it again, because a wine like this is great anytime...but also because I’m bringing back its “sort of new” red sibling of Aglianico (see below), and they should really be bookends.

Back to (Wine) School - "Grapes & Styles"


This week is the first in my series of classes, Lovin’ the Grape: A Course in Wine Appreciation. The class is full, but I’m going to offer everyone a chance to sample some of the wines we’ll be using as course examples. The first class covers basic wine styles and six major grapes, so in this week’s Feature tasting, I’ll have a Chardonnay, a Sauvignon Blanc, a Riesling, a Merlot, a Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon. These will be rounded out with the additional styles of: rosé, sparkling wine, and fortified wine.

Wine Guy Proud Grampa

If you followed the link to this page, it means that you don't mind boastful pictures of newborn family members. The pictures follow my boast: she's beautiful, perfect, and probably smart. I'm her Grampa and proud of it. Welcome, Sophie, to the family!
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I'm not fibbing!


A “fib” is a small lie, and I’m not doing that. But what my headline refers to is Atrial Fibrillation, a heart rhythm disease that affects over 5 million people in the U.S....including The Wine Guy. I just had an episode that was stopped by electrical cardioversion done by Dr. David Frazier and the brilliant folks at the East Carolina Heart Institute.

Flatbread Pizza with Chorizo, Spinach and Gorgonzola

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Looking for some sort of South American dish to sample with our review of South American wines, I found Fainá, a spicy chickpea flatbread that is hugely popular in Argentina and Uruguay. They often serve it “a caballo,” that is, with something “on horseback” - a topping. That reminded me of the flatbread pizzas we used to make at Back Bay Cafe. So here, in honor of the horseback-loving Argentines, is:

Flatbread Pizza with Chorizo, Spinach and Gorgonzola


South American Review

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On both sides of the Andes, the winemakers of Chile and Argentina are trying to bring a range of wines, from inexpensive jug fillers to extraordinary wines that put the region on the map. We've seen South American wines come and go at Wine & Words, as the competition heats up for the international wine dollar. This week we'll review some of our Chilean and Argentine wines.

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