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Paper Palates

Wine is a wonderful thing. And taste is a highly subjective thing. These two tenets are what make selling wine fun: there are no finites and virtually every wine made …

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SHERRY, SHERRRRRRY BABY

Sherry is truly one of the world’s noble wines. It has been produced in some form for millennia. Its place in humankind’s history and the colonization of the ‘New World’ …

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‘Preserving’ your profits Eliminating waste on wines-by-the-glass increases profits and allows appealing diversity to your wine program

Having a diverse selection of types, styles and price-points of wines by the glass is a particular draw for a growing number of restaurants. Not just high check-average places, but …

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Biodynamic wines – Although it means different things to different vignerons, the emphasis is on…Dynamic!

If you are serious about serious wine, then you are at least a little bit informed about ‘Biodynamic wines’. BD wines are those produced following the agricultural and philosophical dictums …

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Michigan is a Red State (as are the other 49 states it seems)…

Of course, lots of red wines (and whites for that matter) are a blend of several grape types; Bordeaux and Chianti are two notorious examples of multi-varietal wines. But even …

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If you love ‘Grower Champagnes’, we’re going to have to Burst Your Bubble

The Wine Geek was in one of his FAVORITE Michigan restaurants recently and during a casual conversation with the owner/manager/wine buyer, the owner stated “we are going to start offering …

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The Wines of Chile (shaking up the wine world)

Wow. Timing is everything. We had planned on doing this feature on the fabulous, valuerich wines of Chile and just before going to print—bang! The strongest earthquake in recorded history …

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SAY “YES” TO MICHIGAN!

Yes, we do sell Michigan wines, and we’re pretty sure that 90% of those reading this do as well, so what’s the appeal you ask? A few reasons: Due to …

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No Wood – No Good? “OAK-ALTS”

No, that’s not a new breakfast cereal or a dietary supplement, it’s the terminology used by and ever-growing number of winemakers around the globe when referring to what is more …

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Don’t Blush if You Like Rosé

My, how the world changes. There are likely many reading this whose first ‘real’ wine (i.e. not Boone’s Farm or Riunite) was a White Zinfandel. Of course, that “gateway drug” …

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