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Wine Suggestions for the Holiday Season

Wine Suggestions for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, and you will likely host and attend parties and gatherings. As these events approach, you will find yourself faced with a decision about what wine to buy for such occasions. A nice bottle of wine can be a conversation starter as it brings people together. However, what wines do you serve when you want it to go well with a variety of foods. You want the wines you serve to impress at a price that will break your budget. (If you will be giving wine as a gift, check out my "Gifting Wine” column, December 2013, as the entire column speaks to gifting wine.) 

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John B. Donovan

A Time for Thanksgiving

A Time for Thanksgiving

You can do all the research you want, but no one really knows what the Pilgrims drank with their first Thanksgiving meal. There are theories out there that it may have been beer, a few suggest wine, but when you assemble the facts, the strong bet would be on apple cider, likely hard apple cider. That was the year 1621 and we have many more choices available to us today as we plan our own celebrations of thanks.

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John B. Donovan

French-Inspired Nouveau Wine Tradition Celebrates Thirtieth Year in Galena

French-Inspired Nouveau Wine Tradition Celebrates Thirtieth Year in Galena

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!” Simply translated, “Wine lovers: get ready, get set, go!” The third Thursday of November marks the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau and the opportunity to be among the first to sample the new, shortly fermented wine, previewing the current year’s fall harvest.

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A Little Piece of Paradise

A Little Piece of Paradise

A little over a year ago, Paradise Distillery turned on its still and began producing spirits in the City of Dubuque for the first time in 140 years. The dreamer behind this exploit is Dr. Joe Berger, OB-GYN, practicing at Medical Associates West Campus. Dr. Berger had been home-brewing beer for the last 25 years. When a friend commented that he made the best beer around, he was asked if he thought he could do the same with spirits. Joe was pretty sure that he could.

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John Moran

Wine is History in a Bottle

Wine is History in a Bottle

When enjoying a glass of wine, have you ever pondered its origins? Sure, you consider the color, what aromas you pick up when you swirl the wine, what the wine feels like on your palate, and where it was made. But have you thought about what it is you are really drinking? Every time you take a sip from your glass, you experience a plant that has its origins in the ancient Middle East.

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John B. Donovan

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