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    An Outstanding Cabernet Under $20

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    Excellent California Cabernet under $20 can be a hard thing to find. Sometime you catch a sale on a really good Napa or Sonoma bottling, but that is the exception. If you look elsewhere, either Central Coast, Mendocino or Lake you can find some pretty good juice at reasonable prices. Here is an example from

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    Lunch in Albany, NY at Provence Restaurant

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    With Alex firmly ensconced in his graduate program in Cooperstown, NY, we find ourselves passing through Albany, NY quite frequently, and usually around lunch time. This past trip we stopped at Provence, which is located in the Stuyvesant Plaza, right on Rt 20, or Western Avenue locally. As you might expect this is a French

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    Joe’s Wine Making Adventure: Installment 6 – Time to Oak!

    Where we started!

    To read the previous installment in Joe’s Wine Making Adventure – Clarifying Times, click here.

    *This is a rewrite of the original post due to a data corruption incident – ugh*

    Well with this installment we’re pretty much caught up with Joe and the wine making process. It’s now time to wait a few months

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    Visit to Old North State Winery in Mount Airy, NC

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    *This is a re-post as the original was lost due to a data corruption error. So much to worry about.*

    For some unexplained reason, Cheri has always wanted to visit Mount Airy on one of our trips to Winston-Salem. It’s the home town of Andy Griffith, and inspired the town in the Andy Griffith Show,

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    Joe’s Wine Making Adventure – Installment 5: Clarifying Times

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    To read the previous installment in Joe’s Wine Making Adventure – The Fire Breathing Dragon, click here.

    With the balancing act hopefully in hand, and the juice settled down again, it was now time to hit the home stretch. Most people like clear wine. These days there is a big push for organic, biodynamic, unfiltered,

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    Dining Review of Cedric’s Tavern at the Biltmore Estate

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    Here’s the last of our restaurant reviews from last month’s trip to The Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, NC. You can read about the winery at Biltmore here, and the overall trip review here. All of the restaurants are on the estate proper, so they are an integral part of the trip and a big factor

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    One Outstanding Ribera del Duero

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    We recently picked up a few half bottles of the 2006 Finca Villacreces. This property is right next to Vega Sicilia in Ribera del Duero, and used to provide fruit to them. Vega Sicilia is probably the leading estate of the region and home to the iconic Unico, a Tempranillo and Cabernet blend that is

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    Joe’s Wine Making Adventure – Installment 4: The Fire Breathing Dragon!

    To read the previous installment in Joe’s Wine Making Adventure click here.

    It’s been a while since we added to the continuing saga of Joe’s journey toward good homemade wine. That’s not to say he hasn’t been busy over the last six months, because he has. It’s just been that he hasn’t had time to

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    A 2003 Bordeaux That is Still Going Strong

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    We only have a few 2003 Bordeaux bottles left, as they have been showing well but also mature, and several have actually been a bit past peak. There’s not much worse in your cellar than a bottle, and a good bottle at that, which you let go a little too long. Actually letting one go

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    Dinner in The Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate

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    On our night at the Biltmore Estate Cheri and I decided to have dinner in the Dining Room, the restaurant on the lower level of the inn. It looked very nice, and the menu was pretty attractive as well. They suggest gentlemen wear jackets to dinner, so we expected a more formal approach to the

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