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    December 22, 2010

    Six Bubblies to Put the Sparkle in Your New Year's Eve Celebration

    ​There's nothing that washes away the taste of the old year and sharpens your appetite for the year to come than sparkling wine. Though true champagne comes only from the Champagne region of France, excellent bubbly is produced all over the world, much of it surprisingly affordable. Which is a goo ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    November 23, 2010

    Ritz-Carlton and Via Luna Host Napa Wine Tasting

    ​Decoding wine speak can often be a puzzling experience. But drinking a wine that's actually called Puzzle? That's some crazy, self-referential smack right there. Puzzle, from acclaimed Napa winery Newton Vineyards, will be one of the five wines on display at next Thursday's (December 2) Newton Wi ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Thanksgiving Wines: Six Under $12

    ​You really want something to be thankful for?  Be thankful you don't have to pick one wine to go with everything in the traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner. Something that pairs with 18 dishes from mashed potatoes to sweet potatoes to Brussels sprouts to pumpkin pie... it's enough to give ev ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival at Gulfstream Park

    ​On the fourth Thursday in November, we celebrate one of our most important national holidays, Thanksgiving. On the third Thursday in November, France celebrates too. But instead of busting out the turkey and cranberries, the French break out barrels and bottles for "Beaujolais Day." It's the cele ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Interview With Paul Castronovo: Paul & Young Ron Radio Star Now a Wine Guru Too

    Paul Castronovo at his vineyard in Italy.​Radio personality Paul Castronovo has a new baby -- a wine label from his own Italian vineyard producing the wine varietal Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Castronovo's gut-busting radio program, The Paul and Young Ron Morning Show, may have brought you much-need ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Greek Festival in Fort Lauderdale This Weekend

    Loukoumades, Greek-styled donuts.   Has the economy got you so strapped for cash that you skipped your trip to the Mediterranean? There, you imagined strolling around the streets of Athens, grubbing on street food like souvlaki, meat on a stick with veggies rolled in a pita and slathered ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Boca Raton Wine and Food Festival Arrives Sunday

    Cue dramatic music: Don't try to run. Don't try to hide. The Boca Raton Wine and Food Festival WILL find you. And when it does, it will rock your mother-lovin' world. Ahem... sorry about that. We were just watching this dramatically scored promo video for the Boca Raton Wine and Food Festival, com ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Q&A With Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch in Fort Lauderdale

    You TubeLampasone's motto: "Always drink the good stuff first." ​Andrew Lampasone is the proprietor of Wine Watch -- a boutique wine shop in Fort Lauderdale with a selection of more than 3,000 wines.  On September 16, Lampasone will partner with New Times for the second year in a row to prese ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Five Wines for Hurricane Season

    ​Despite numerous predictions of death, destruction and days of no cable TV, so far this hurricane season we've gotten off pretty easy.  Well, that looks like it's about to change. You don't need to be a professional doomsayer or a WSVN panic-monger. . . I mean, meteorologist, to peek at the ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Sommelier 2.0 -- Naples, Fl., Restaurant Using IPad as Their Wine List

    Diners can search databases of 500-plus bottle list several ways to match wine with meals and avoid intimidation of sommelier.

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    July 1, 2010

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck: Oak Grove 2009 Reserve Viognier

    ​If you're boning up on your ABCs--Anything But Chardonnay--you might want to add the letter "V" to your lesson plan. That would be "V" for "Viognier."  It's a grape that offers a lot of what Chardonnay lovers love: ripe tropical and stone fruit, big and bold flavors, rich and creamy mouthfee ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Wine and Cheese Tastings at Whole Foods (Some Free!)

    ​Man does not live by barbecue and beer alone, even in the summer. Sometimes he needs wine and cheese.  Man -- that would be you, bunky -- is therefore in luck, as over the next several weeks, five local Whole Foods Markets will be pouring their top ten summer wines, each paired to a differen ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck: Antinori Campogrande 2008 Orvieto

    Say "Italian white wine" and almost everyone will say "Pinot Grigio."  Blech.  ​Most Pinot Grigio, Italian or otherwise, is to wine what Bud Lite is to beer--watery, tasteless, insipid stuff made for people whose palates cringe at the thought of anything with, you know, flavor. So, inste ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck: Pine Ridge 2008 Chenin Blanc-Viognier

    ​"The best" is one of those designations fraught with peril as well as slightly ridiculous. Is LeBron James "better" than Dwyane Wade, Picasso "better" than Joan Miro, John Coltrane "better" than Charlie Parker? I don't want to have to make those calls.  So I won't say Pine Ridge's perpetuall ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck: Five Rivers 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

    ​In California, when it comes to red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon is king.  Unfortunately, when it comes to California red wines that are decent values, Cabernet Sauvignon is also a bitch.  Not the 2007 Five Rivers, though. For less than ten bucks, you get a wine that can pimp-slap more expe ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010
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    March 12, 2010

    Via Luna Debuts at the Ritz

    ​There's a new moon rising at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale and it's called Via Luna.  The unpretentious, moderately priced Italian grill takes the place of the Ritz's ritzier Cero, which struggled to find an audience despite generally positive word of mouth. Via Luna will host its officia ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Walla Walla Wineries Dinner at Cafe Boulud

    ​Cafe Boulud is hosting a wine pairing with two Walla Walla, Washington, wineries this Thursday at 7 p.m.Amavi Cellars and Pepper Bridge Winery will showcase their output alongside chefs Zach Bell and Matthew Petersen's cuisine. The four-course meal will run $85, not including tax and gratuity. Re ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck

    ​   Oops, I did it again.  Well, sort of. Several days back I was so jazzed about finding a California Cabernet Sauvignon that didn't bite my grapes I went out and found another one. And this one's even better.  It carries one of the most storied names in California winemaking, ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Restaurant News: Bellini's Opens on Federal, Pollo Tropical Lends a Hand, Jackson Tasting in Oakland Park

    •    The coal-fired pizza craze continues to be hotter than a. . . coal-fired oven. The latest example is Bellini's Coal-Fired Pizza, now dishing up those crisp-crusted pies on North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. The menu goes beyond the usual pizzeria suspects with dishes lik ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck

    ​Here's a blast from the past. Back in the 1980s, when I was living in Northern California wine country, Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon was the cork dorks' go-to red for every-day drinking. The second label of expensive-even-then Caymus, it offered its parents' high-toned pedigree at a price we ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Wine Spectator Releases Top 100 in Time for the Holidays

    ​Walking through Total Wine in Boca Raton last night, I felt like Homer Simpson in the Land of Chocolate. I simply didn't have enough hands to grab everything I wanted. And then I came across this: Wine Spectator's Top 100 Releases of 2009. For a reasonable $5.95 a copy, this glossy, perfect-bound ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck: Kamiak Windust White

    ​A little of this, a little of that, and sometimes you get a damned good little wine.   That's the deal at Washington's Kamiak winery, where they blended a bit of Chardonnay, a rasher of Sauvignon Blanc, and a dash of late-harvest Sauvignon Blanc and came up with Windust White, a pleasan ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck

    ​If there's anything suckier than cheap sparkling wine it probably ought to be illegal.  You've probably had your share, whether the ubiquitous black bottle or the fruit-infused swill that makes Kool-Aid taste like Chateau d'Yquem or any of the legion of insipid imitators lurking on supermark ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck

    ​When Piero Antinori produced the first Tignanello in the 1971, it was a real kick in the ass to rule- and tradition-bound Tuscan winemakers, most of whom had long been make Chianti in accordance with government regulation. At first 100 percent Sangiovese, later blended with varying amounts of Cab ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck

    ​Three of the iconic white wine grapes in France's Goats Do Roam region are Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. Uh, actually, that would be Cotes du Rhone, but to a South African vintner with a sense of humor (and an apparent affection for mondegreens), it would be a cool thing to tweak the st ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    L'Hermitage Pairs Organic Veggies and Wine

    If you're not a subscriber to our weekly Café Bites dining newsletter for Broward and Palm Beach counties, here's a taste of what you missed this week. Click here to subscribe.Photo by Flickr user Mia Elliott​Organic. It's not just for vegetables any more. It's for wine too, and put both of them ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck

    ​ No wine gets a blanc stare faster than Chenin Blanc. It may be the white wine grape of France's Loire Valley, but in these parts, you see it about as often as snow drifts on Ocean Drive. It had a few minutes of fame in the 1960s and 1970s and showed up in more than its share of cheap white wine ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck

    ​As part of his continuing campaign to free wine drinkers from the shackles of chardonnay, Clean Plate Charlie presents. . . torrontes.   WTF?   TF, not to put too fine a point on it, is the biggest white wine grape in (and the only indigenous grape to) Argentina. If you've nev ... More >>

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    September 21, 2009

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck

    ​Pinot noir that actually tastes like pinot noir is becoming about as rare as brain cells at a birthers' convention, as winemakers pimp out this most perfect of all varietals with gobs of fruit and cords of oak and enough alcohol to stir into a martini.  Cheap pinot noir that actually tastes ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck

    ​The story of Robert Mondavi is as depressing as it is inspirational. Probably no single person did more to put California on the world wine map, not only as a vintner who produced wines that rivaled some of the best of Europe but as an evangelist of New World wines, an industry power who used his ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck: South America's Mighty Malbec

    ​Every wine-producing region has its iconic wine. The Napa Valley has Cabernet Sauvignon; France, Bordeaux; Italy, Chianti; Spain, Rioja; Australia, Shiraz; Chile, Carménère. And Argentina has malbec.   Like its South American cousin, malbec is one of the "noble grapes" of Bordeaux (al ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    This Week in Boozing/Dining Events

    ​Summer is here, and apparently that means its time to get loaded on wine, scotch, and beer pairings. Check out these events taking place over the next week, and bring an extra liver, if you can.• Himmarshee Bar & Grille is teaming up with B.R. Cohn Winery for a four course wine dinner ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009
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    August 3, 2009

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck: The Underdog Sauvignon Blanc

    Photo by Bill Citara​Sauvignon Blanc is forever the underdog, settling for whatever flickers of limelight its better-known Chardonnay partner might cast aside.  But Sauvignon Blanc actually has much to offer. For one, it's almost always cheaper than Chardonnay, which can demand premium prices ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Charlie's Guide to Speaking Wine, or, How to Bullshit Wine Drinkers

    ​The world of wine speaks a language all its own. Urdu, mostly. With a soupcon of bullshit and a faint whiff of pretension.  So in keeping with Clean Plate Charlie's commitment to calling a spade a goddamned shovel, he presents this modest glossary of wine terms for your amusement, edificatio ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck: Good, Cheap Pinot

    Photo by Flickr user chickeninthewoodsCheap pinot noir is a moron. Cheap, good pinot noir is an oxymoron.     Pinot noir, you see, is the Sarah Palin of grapes -- flighty, erratic, unpredictable, hard to handle -- though unlike the nitwit from Wasilla, the result can be anything ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Wine Guy: Pairing with Pizza

    John LinnSven Vogtland is the Advanced Sommelier at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, and a 13-year veteran of the craft who has recommended bottles in the sunny Virgin Islands and in far-away Vietnam. In this column, Vogtland will discuss the latest trends in wine, from what bottles and regions are ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009
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    February 19, 2009
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    October 27, 2008
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    September 25, 2008
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    September 22, 2008
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    August 29, 2008
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    August 12, 2008
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    June 12, 2008

    In With the Old, Out With the New

    Café Chardonnay holds steady in boom and bust

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    November 12, 2007
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    January 3, 2007
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