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Summer Into Fall

Stellenbosch winery

We're into that long, satisfying season in downeast Carolina when cold fronts from the northwest try to push into our mass of humidity and mosquitoes.  Some mornings I open the back porch door at dawn and smile at a delicious dry chill in the air.  Other mornings I'm hit in the face with mugginess and the sound of cicadas cranking up the heat of the day.  It's the time when we start thinking about getting in some dry kindling for that first night we want a fire in the stove.  And we start thinking about wines that will go with the cooler weather and heartier foods of the
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Autumn Treats - Hard Cider and Festbier

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The autumn of the year has its pleasures, even down here in coastal Carolina, where the summer seems to go on until Thanksgiving. During my childhood in northern Illinois and northern Ohio, autumn meant apples and apples meant cider.
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A Sheaf of Special Purchases

From time to time our suppliers have inventory clearance sales.  When they do, we pass the savings along to our customers.  Herein a list of five new wines that I've gotten in to both stores and am offering at "Special Purchase Prices."  These are great additions to our list...and great deals for our customers.
 
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Cape Classics and Frenzy

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 We were fortunate last week to have a visit from Zingo Munger, Southeastern Sales Manager for Cape Classics, an importer and distributor of fine South African wines. As Zingo poured samples for Mary and me at the Washington store, he regaled us with tales of the burgeoning South African wine industry. South Africa has a winemaking history dating back to the 16th Century, but in recent times it all fell apart as the world boycotted South African products over their apartheid policies.
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"Embrace your inner pyrate"

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Clipper City Brewery in Baltimore, MD says, "Why be normal when you can be EXTRAARGHdinary?"  Since we've never claimed to be "normal" here at Wine & Words, we're pleased to introduce to brews from Clipper City's "Heavy Seas" portfolio.  These are bold and a little reckless, for the beer drinker who's not afraid of flavor.
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Gruyere

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This extra special delicacy from the Gruyere district of Switzerland is well known as the basic ingredient in fondue. But with its delightfully nutty, spicy, full flavor, it is delicious as a table cheese as well. Upon eating Gruyere, one immediately recognizes the taste of whole milk that is used exclusively in making this grand cheese. We say it is grand because a whole wheel of Gruyere weighs about 80 pounds. In fact, it takes over 100 gallons of milk to make a single wheel of Gruyere!
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French Raclette

French Raclette

The world's most famous melting cheese, Raclette is made in the Alps on both sides of the French-Swiss border. The French version is perhaps a bit softer than Swiss Raclette, but the two taste very similar. Raclette has a semi-soft interior dotted with small holes and a rosy inedible rind. Eaten as a table cheese, Raclette has a smooth, creamy taste that is neither too salty nor sharp. However, our French Raclette tends to have a strong, pungent aroma that is not for the timid.
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Marcona Almonds

Marcona Almonds

Native to Spain alone, yet prized the world over, Marcona Almonds are a true culinary phenomenon. Enjoyed for thousands of years in their homeland, these wonderful almonds are becoming increasingly popular with the nation's top chefs. Unique in shape and texture, Marconas have an unrivaled sweet, delicate flavor. Ours are roasted over wood fire and dusted with sea salt. Marconas pair perfectly with goat cheeses and are ideal in salads.

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