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Spring Is Here! Now, What Wine Should I Drink?

Spring is upon us and this means more activity, whether it’s time on the water and beach, sidewalk shopping, dining al fresco, or digging in the yard and getting that never ending “to do list” whittled down. With winter coming to an end I tend to shift my pallet to lighter, more crisp wines. Seeing…

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 Getting the best quality wine in an unclear market

North Georgia Vineyards

After 25 years of working in the wine industry, you’d think that I would pretty much know and have heard everything. You would be wrong. One of the things that I love about wine is that there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t learn something new. Which brings me to the point…

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Celebrate with Bubbles

Bubbles are typically what we celebrate with at New Year’s. Some people celebrate with them for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Some other people celebrate days that end with the letter “Y” with bubbles. I probably fall somewhere in the middle of all that. If I am starting an evening, or outing, with someone…

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Dahlonega Plateau AVA – What does this mean?

Dahlonega Plateau AVA – What does it mean The Dahlonega Plateau AVA was created on November 22, 2016 by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). This is great, but what does it mean? I mean, an AVA, so what? Well, I plan to explain it as briefly as possible. I’ll discuss what…

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Frogtown Cellars – ’11 Audacity – Wine Review

Frogtown

Tasting Frogtown Wine – date 2/3/2018 For our third wine on our wine flight I chose something from another benchmark North Georgia winery. Frogtown Cellars is the most awarded winery in the country located outside of California. They and Wolf Mountain are part of the Georgia Fine Wine Alliance. Their wines are almost always “Grown,…

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Wolf Mountain – Coupage III – Wine Review

Wolf Mountain

Wolf Mountain Wine Tasting – date 2/3/2018 This Wolf Mountain wine was the second wine on our Saturday wine tasting of North Georgia wines. I chose this to taste and review because it was a Bordeaux style blend. Bordeaux is one of my favorite regions and the wines from there have some very distinct characteristics.…

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The Cottage – 2014 Viognier Reserve – Wine Review

The Cottage

The Cottage Wine Tasting – date 2/3/2018 So today was a Saturday, and while I thought about taking the wine shuttle up to the North Georgia wineries, (like Frogtown, Chateau Elan, Three Sisters, Montaluce, The Cottage and/or Wolf Mountain,) I opted to have a few friends over and taste some wine at my house, so…

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