The Making of a Wine Lover: That First Glass

I remember the night I tasted my first good wine. My future husband Andrew and I had just graduated from university and were enjoying our “wealth” relative to our student days. We dined out a lot and our favorite place was a small Italian restaurant around the corner from our apartment. The first time we went there, the owner, a tall, burly man with fierce dark eyes, asked us if we’d like to try the Brunello. We thought at first it was a regional dish, but it turned out to be a red wine from central Italy. We were relieved […]

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What are Your Earliest Memories of Drinking Wine?

Continued from Part 1 of The Making of a Wine Lover When we finally got up to leave, we realized that the restaurant was empty. We said good night to the owner and he slapped Andrew on the back as if he were choking on a bread stick. That was the first of many happy evenings there and we drank that Brunello for a year. A pilot light had been ignited inside me; over time it would grow into the flames of full-blown passion. Today, I joke that I started drinking seriously when I met Andrew. However, my earliest experiences […]

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Dessert Island Wine and Other Celebration Bottles

Award winning journalist go-to person for food and wine lovers and author of Red, White and Drunk All Over What are you up to in 10 minutes, 10 months and 10 years from now? 10 minutes – drinking pinot noir. 10 months – drinking pinot noir. 10 years – can you guess. Who inspires/inspired you? My mother for her patience and Dorothy Parker for her alcoholic tolerance. Who do you want to inspire? Those who love wine and words. What do you love about yourself? My Teflon liver. What would you change about yourself? My one-track mind. What is your […]

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A Great Wine Book with History, Education and Some Great Laughs all Over – Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

Red, White, and Drunk All Over is written by one of my favorite wine people Natalie MacLean.  I don’t have that much time to read these days, but did get a chance to read this book over the summer and good thing because Natalie just came out with another book Unquenchable which I can’t wait to crack open. “Red, White and Drunk All Over” takes you throughout the wine world in a girlfriend kind of way.  Natalie takes you to famous renown places like Romanee-Conti, takes you to a day in the life of a liquor store owner, a sommelier […]

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