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It’s Here: The Local Grapes Guide

It’s Here: The Local Grapes Guide

Finally, a comprehensive online resource to find wine and grape grower associations, organized by state. The connections you need to buy local grapes. Access it here. As I first reported at examiner.com, the exceedingly popular, perhaps slightly worn catch-phrase “think globally, act locally” urges all of us to take action […]

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Buy Local Grapes, Resources

The Local Grapes Guide

The Local Grapes Guide

We here at Making Abeille feel very strongly about using local grapes. To help you, the winemaker, identify growers in your state, we’ve assembled a Local Grapes Guide. We know you’ll agree that it feels good to support local vineyards. Not to mention, the extreme pride you’ll experience when you […]

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Events

The 2013 Maryland Wine and Grape Industry Meeting

The 2013 Maryland Wine and Grape Industry Meeting

As first reported at examiner.com, the Maryland Grape Growers Association (MGGA), together with the Maryland Wineries Association (MWA), will hold its annual meeting on Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Sheraton Baltimore North. This is a marquee event for Maryland’s grape growers and wineries and promises a wealth of […]

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Wine Drinking

Wine Needs Science, Art, and a Few Heroes

Wine Needs Science, Art, and a Few Heroes

When I was a young man, I got a book on sports heroes of the twentieth century. It allowed me to learn about men and women who had left a lasting mark of achievement, professionalism, and triumph on their chosen sports. People like Ben Hogan in golf, Babe Didrikson in […]

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Wine Drinking

In Defense of the Finger Lakes

In Defense of the Finger Lakes

In its February 2013 edition, Wine Spectator published a feature on the Finger Lakes, praising the “emergent” region for “gaining experience quickly”. This somewhat patronizing characterization may or may not have gone over like gangbusters with upstate New York winemakers, given the fact that the Finger Lakes region has been […]

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Cocktails

A Tailgating Classic

A Tailgating Classic

My husband Robert and I had a weird lunch at Heavy Seas Alehouse yesterday. I ordered a Musket Ball. According to the menu, a Musket Ball is a cocktail made of Bulleit bourbon (regular), Bulleit bourbon (rye), a syrup derived from Heavy Seas Gold Ale, and black walnut bitters. My conversation with the bartender went something like […]

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Trends

God Help Us: Aluminum?

God Help Us: Aluminum?

A few weeks ago, I told you to drink whatever you want. It’s no one’s business but yours. I still think that’s true. You should drink white wine. You should even drink Two-Buck Chuck. It goes without saying, but I also think you should treat yourself to a few bottles […]

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Wine Drinking

The Light Giveth and it Taketh Away

The Light Giveth and it Taketh Away

We really should be posting about how our white wine is doing outside. But our white wine isn’t outside. Because it hasn’t been cold enough yet. Of course it’s the mildest winter on record. I wonder how tartaric acid crystals taste. I’m probably going to find out. In the meantime, let me entertain […]

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A Note About Aging

A Note About Aging

Aging, as it relates to wine, happens at two critical points: during the winemaking process, at my house, and when it’s in the bottle, at your house. Aging, as it relates to me personally, apparently happens on a continuous basis. And I age at my house, your house, and everywhere […]

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Wine Drinking

Open That Bottle Night 2013

Open That Bottle Night 2013

It’s New Year’s Day, and I am sure that many of you have been or will be commemorating with a special bottle of wine or champagne. What better opportunity to crack open something you’ve been saving, than the start of an entirely new year? New Year’s Eve and Day are […]

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