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A First Course in Wine: From Grape to Glass. Copyright 2013; Race Point Publishers, NY. 224 pages. Forward by Mario Batali.

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Wines for (the alarmingly low level of) CHOCOLATE!!!

There is a yawning deficit of chocolate, so go out and get yours today.

The combination of wine and food has been providing happiness and nutrition for many years. While less championed than other foods for its compatibility, chocolate is in it’s own category when it comes to pairing with wine. Chocolate comes in […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2009, Sicily

Sicily is Italy’s largest region and has approximately three hundred fifty thousand acres of land under vine, more than any other region in Italy. Following the unification of Italy in the 1946, co-ops and large scale industrial factories dominated

Gulfi's 2009 Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG; a blend of Nero d'Avola and Frappato

the wine-making […]

A Taste of Sicily: Two Brothers, One Island, and Some Torn-up Roads

Some parts of the world remain untouched by the accelerating hand of technology. When discovered by the infrequent traveler, these places offer hints of what the world once was: quiet, serene, and somewhat untamed. Thus was the scene in Sambuca di

Klaus and a bottle of 'Il Gran Bastardo' after a typical Sicilian lunch […]