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

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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.
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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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Three GenerationsThree Generations
 
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I'm not fibbing!

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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.
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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

Ingredients:
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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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Risotto

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I love pasta in all its forms, but we’ve been thinking lately that we should eat less wheat (except for James’ great homemade whole wheat bread), so when we’re in an Italian mood, we’ll do like the Italians do and switch from pasta to rice...we’ll make Risotto.
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Reviewing some Italianos

Prosecco

We’ll start this Italian review with a couple of Proseccos. Prosecco is Italy’s answer to France’s Champagne, but unlike that French bubbly, which is fermented in the bottle, Prosecco is produced using the Charmat method, in which the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, making the wine less expensive to produce, as well as featuring the fruit more than the yeast.
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New because I can't help it

Last week I wrote that the acknowledged “sweet spot” for the price of excellent and interesting wines is $15-$25. And I pointed out that we have 40 wines in our “$12 and Under” section. Then I went on to say that I’ve been introducing too many new wines and that my weekly Features would now be reviews of old favorites. Uh...that was then; this is now.
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New & Special from France

Kermit Lynch Wine Seller

Every once in awhile, I get email announcements of special warehouse clearance sales from my various wine distributors. This week I offer some classic French wines from wine negociant Kermit Lynch. There are only a few bottles of each, but if these are your style, you’ll know these are great prices...and you won’t want to miss out.
 
Dupeuble Beaujolais 2010 (Beaujolais, France) - $18.25
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What New?sletter 7.26.12

Wine Guy James McKelvey

The $20 Sweet Spot in Great Wine
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