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By the Glass: O'Lillo

By the Glass: O'Lillo

In full disclosure, I have a bias toward Italian wine. As one local chef noted, “It’s like wine was meant to be,” and this simple statement is perfect for this 2015 Toscana from Baracchi, O’Lillo.This Italian blend of 25 percent merlot, 25 percent ca...

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By the Glass

By the Glass

Have you ever wanted a nice supple cabernet that didn’t leave your mouth dry? Ever wished for an old vine zinfandel that was less heavy? How about a Syrah less chewy? Or maybe a Petite Syrah with structure?Believe it or not, all of those wishes arriv...

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By the Glass: Atticus pinot noir

By the Glass: Atticus pinot noir

The noble grape, pinot noir, has become the romantic notion of wine for many. In the now famous movie, “Sideways,” pinot noir made such a splash that sales skyrocketed while the hated grape in the movie, merlot, perished.Because of the popularity of ...

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By the Glass

By the Glass

During the cooler days of spring, a nice bourbon or rye can offer some warmth, but to add some smoothness to what some may consider a little on the edgy side, there is the venerable Manhattan cocktail. While some cocktail manuals may have as many as ...

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Peachy Canyon Zinfandel

Peachy Canyon Zinfandel

It’s blustery outside as I sit and write about a summery sounding wine, Peachy Canyon.In the Symons Wine Cellar in Petoskey, people have been shopping for that perfect holiday wine everyone may enjoy. The nouveau Beaujolais have come and gone. The we...

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By the Glass

By the Glass

As I write this, fall is upon us, and winter will be blooming at print, while in the Symons General Store Wine Cellar, wonderfully warm cabs will await.Recently, on a trip to Washington, D.C., Christine and I were lucky enough to enjoy a bottle of Re...

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By the Glass

By the Glass

By Tom Renkes In a lingering desire to continue our discussion of scotch, I offer up Glenmorangie. This Highland single-malt emanates from the quaint sandstone town of Tain. In fact, the label is proud to proselytize: “Perfected by the 16 men of Tain...

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By the Glass

By the Glass

If you wrestle with white wines, always remember there’s a Chablis somewhere that will put you to rest. With a twist on the Chardonnay grape, there’s a clean distinctive nose and palate appeal most will enjoy.  The Chablis appellation in France (regi...

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T-Vine, 2014

T-Vine, 2014

With Etta James singing through the speakers overhead, a piece of Gruyere cheese and a quiet moment in Symons Wine Cellar, it was time to sip T-Vine, a 2014 proprietary red meritage from Hallowed Ground in Napa, Calif.The content from undisclosed vin...

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By the Glass

By the Glass

In this new feature for HomeLife, I introduce to you the common language of wine and spirits. Common language, you ask? Yes. So much has been written, and continues to be written, about our love of wine, scotches, bourbons and anything else alcohol, ...

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