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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.

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 Organic Contessa

It’s always great fun to meet with a winemaker.  And it’s especially fun when the winemaker is a woman—in a somewhat-still male dominated field—and when she’s also an owner of an estate that goes back well more than a thousand years.  And she’s a Contessa! So I was very much looking forward to a

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Eye On Iberia!

I recently had the pleasure of tasting a bunch of Spanish wines, courtesy of Wines from Spain USA.  More Americans are drinking Spanish wine these days as far as I can tell just from what I’m served in friends’ houses, what I see on wine store shelves, and what people

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Just realized that @OpenTable erased 6,700 points of mine back in April, for no reason. They make #frequentflyer programs look generous. And the App is down right now. #unhappycustomer #fail #PutMyPointsBack

Resolving the @Airbus and @Boeing dispute over commercial #airliner subsidies is good for #EU #wine exporters and US retailers and importers: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/17/1007493979/wine-industry-benefits-from-resolution-of-the-airbus-boeing-trade-dispute

Someone asked about a #winery to visit in #Stellenbosch? Try @MulderboschV and its #CabernetOfRose! https://mulderbosch.co.za/portfolio-items/cabernet-sauvignon-rose/

Dr. Kenechukwu Mezue: "There is a benefit for #cardiovascular disease when #drinking moderately." #wine #hearthealth #stressrelief https://www.winespectator.com/articles/is-that-glass-of-wine-good-for-your-mind-and-heart

Not keen on feeding your #dog #kibble or gross wet food? Check out my review of @thefarmersdog meal delivery service! https://njpetblog.org/index.php/2021/06/16/review-of-the-farmers-dog-food-first-look/

The guys who sang #Red, red #wine release a...red wine! And it's #vegan! #UB40 https://vegnews.com/2021/5/ub40-red-wine

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