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NEWS AND REVIEWS ON WINE, FOOD, BOOKS...AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM

 


 

Mary's Last (Wine) Stand

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It has been three and a half years since we hired Mary Mehlich away from her position as our Sales Rep for The Country Vintner and had her start as Manager of Wine & Words...& Gourmet. She has been a great addition. I’ve come to rely on her not only as an employee, but as a collaborator and, indeed, as a friend. It seems fitting that, in her last weekend as “the wine gal” in Washington, we let her take the lead. So she is introducing four new (for us) wines in Washington. She deserves to take a bow to a round of hearty applause.
 
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Italian Review

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Last week I said we were going to review our various wine regions for our Features in September. Some of you caught onto the fact that this “review” is also a bit of inventory clearance prior to our closing Back Bay Cafe and consolidating things in Washington. No matter. You still get some great buys on some great wines, so be sure to get them while they last.
 
Nino Franco “Rustico” Prosecco Superiore (Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy) - Regular Price $21.95/ Feature Price $18.66
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Be careful about honey

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It's hard to keep up with the food safety issues that keep flooding in. Here's another one...this time about honey - Honey Laundering: tainted and counterfeit Chinese honey floods into the U.S.
This is another reason to buy locally sourced foods.  We carry local wildflower honey from Bil-Mar in Pantego, NC.  So support your good health while supporting our local hard-working bees and hard-working beekeepers. 

South African Review

Stellenbosch winery

It’s time we revisited some of our wine regions, so during the month of September, I’ll pick a different country or area each week and Feature the wines of that region.
 
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End of an Era

Yvonne and James, Proprietors

Below is the text of an email I sent to our customer list on 8/30/11:
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"Fix the Economy" Features

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All summer I’ve been talking about the miserable weather and the worse economy and about how everyone always talks about these things but no one ever does anything about them. Then with our “Wines that Can’t be Beat to Beat the Heat” we tried to help with the weather. Now, I’ll show you how Wine & Words helps with the economy by Featuring a selection of very good wines at nicely economical prices.
 
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Wines that Can't Be Beat to Beat the Heat

Valle de Uco, Argentina

Just as we’re getting into the Dog Days of lying low with our tongues hanging out, we get word some of our favorite summertime refreshers that we’ve had some trouble stocking have once more become available. Now, I’m not suggesting that after a drippy morning of yard chores, you come into the house and pull out a tumbler of chilled Sauvignon Blanc. Water will do very well for your bodily hydration needs.
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Charles & Charles Redux...& a Tangent

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I first introduced Charles Smith and his Washington State wines in February 2010 with this disclaimer:
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Great Americans - Pacific Rim and Tobin James

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We continue our consideration of American wines this month with two wineries that have become reliable customer favorites year after year.
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Some New Americans

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It is fitting that in July of every year, a month that begins with the celebration of our country’s Independence, we Feature wines of America. This year, all during the month of July, all American-made wines will be 15% Off (except the ones that already live in our “$12.00 and Under” section). I’ll be writing about American winemaking and Featuring various American wine regions and styles later in the month, but I wanted to start with a few new ones.
 
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