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Ever felt awkward when ordering wine at a restaurant? Ever walked into a wine store and had no idea where to begin, what to buy or how much to pay?

Ever looked at a European wine label and wondered what’s in there? Then Wine-Flair.com is just for you. It’s all about wine education and appreciation, written in plain language.

A Wonderfully-Improved Alba Vineyard in New Jersey

I’d been to Alba Vineyard & Winery years ago, and walked away unimpressed.  There was a distinct lack of friendliness in the tasting room, and the wine I liked most at the time was a sparkling wine that Alba didn’t actually produce, just private labeled. Alba is a fairly new

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Last Bottle Wines: A Mixed Bag (or Mixed Case)

I’ve been a very steady customer of Last Bottle Wines (LBW), an interesting and fun wine sale and delivery service. The way it works is simple – you subscribe, and they send you emails–daily–with an offer of a specific wine that is supposedly at a moderate- to deep discount. You set up

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New Jersey Wineries: Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes, NJ

Jersey is actually home to some very good wines, but unfortunately doesn’t really enjoy that reputation among wine aficionados, at least as far as I can tell.  Having volunteered there in the past during crush, and knowing Unionville Vineyards’ winemaker Cam Stark, I went back this past Sunday to Ringoes,

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Jersey Restaurants: INC in New Brunswick, NJ

You’d think it would be easy to get a good whiskey sour in any decent restaurant. After all, it’s a pretty simple and very classic drink, right? Well, I’ve had more watery sours in the last year than I can count, from Chicago to New York and several places in

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Jersey Restaurants: Hotoke Restaurant–Hot or OK?

I dined at Hotoke in New Brunswick on Friday night for the first time since at least 2011. I’d remembered the place fondly, and it was wildly popular at the time, so I was anticipating a fabulous meal. Sadly, not so much. Laura and I started out with cocktails—she with

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Jersey Restaurants: Chez Catherine in Westfield

This tiny place in Westfield, adjacent to a highway-type franchise hotel, bills itself as “one of the best French restaurants in New Jersey.” That is nonsense. It’s got to be the best French restaurant in New Jersey. And one of the best of any kind. I had lunch here years

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What’s in a Wine Word?

 The world of wine has a lot of terms, and an awful lot of them aren’t too familiar even among frequent wine drinkers. Some are downright silly.  Some are helpful. But in any event, I’ve built a pretty extensive wine glossary to help you unravel the mystery…and to find it, go

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The #PA Liquor Control Board starts rationing “selected” booze including certain #Champagne, #Bourbon, #Tequila, #Whisky, and #Cognac citing supply chain. Didn’t know booze had computer chips. https://6abc-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/6abc.com/amp/pennsylvania-liquor-control-board-two-bottles-per-day-purchase-limit-supply-chain-rationed-booze/11026739/

The Sustainable #Wine Roundtable (SWR)says its stakeholder members will define #sustainable wine in detail and develop a global sustainability standard. Let's hope it's more than talk: https://swroundtable.org/

This says #California is having a drama-free #wine grape harvest. But it’s really only about #Napa, #sonoma and northern CA. Typical. They’re great… but there’s a lot more. https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2021/09/california-finally-gets-a-normal-vintage

Controversy as residents of #Conegliano and #Valdobbiadene protest land-grabs, pesticides use and more to dramatically increase #Prosecco production: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/10/prosecco-protesters-rise-up-against-ruthless-expansion-of-italian-winemakers

l love #Champagne and @Moet, but this act with #RogerFederer is absurd. "This...was one of the most authentic moments I have ever experienced...I sensed the true passion of the people of Moët & Chandon." As opposed to inauthentic? The other #Champagne producers have no passion?

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