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Picnic Vino

A no-nonsense approach to summer wine.

By Francis Fecteau
POSTED // Jun 24,2009 - Having recently read good advice from another wine geek in this column about picnic and barbecue wines, I thought I'd contribute my 2 cents' worth to the topic of summer sipping ...

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The Chard Facts

How to avoid bad Chardonnay

By Francis Fecteau
POSTED // Jun 17,2009 - I love Chardonnay. There, I said it. It's out in the open. Chardonnay gets a bad rap from novice and expert alike. There are more styles and expressions of it than GlaxoSmithKline has pills...

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Inside Baseball

Getting the scoop on how to read your local wine store

By Francis Fecteau
POSTED // May 27,2009 - Wine consumers are suckers. As a wine broker, some of the things I do are deliberately aimed at your weaknesses...

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Party Time

Tips on conducting an in-home wine tasting and curbing inflated egos.

By Francis Fecteau
POSTED // May 13,2009 - Wine-Know-It-Alls are curious creatures, designed to bring down every convivial moment at the pull of a cork...

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Springtime Sipping

Light Plus Lower Alcohol = Refreshment

By Francis Fecteau
POSTED // Apr 15,2009 - I’d spent the evening sipping white Burgundy from a paper cup, patting a horse on the nose and watching the sky slowly turn blue, bluer, bluer still, into night and then stars ...

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Que Syrah?

A primer on Syrah, Petite Syrah and Shiraz.

By Francis Fecteau
POSTED // Apr 1,2009 - It’s a wine business insider’s joke: “What’s the difference between gonorrhea and Syrah?” Answer: “You can get rid of gonorrhea.” Ba-dum-bum!

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A-Lists

Great wine lists aren’t about size; sometimes haiku matters.

By Francis Fecteau
POSTED // Mar 25,2009 - Size doesn't matter. Not with wine lists. All a great wine list need do is rouse my curiosity and encourage my thirst. But, just as with Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, who couldn't define what constituted obscenity...

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Value for the Soul

Rules wine imbibers live by.

By Francis Fecteau
POSTED // Mar 4,2009 - The cure for a fearful populace is generosity—with ourselves and with others—and, I say, let it begin with our palates.

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Bitter Sweet

By Francis Fecteau
POSTED // Feb 13,2009 - I am a wine-mad Lear wandering on the heath, spitting my rage and disdain at the insistent Valentine theme of chocolateand-wine pairings that beats me about the face and neck, as it always does this time of year. I Google wine and chocolate and 43,600,000 results pop up in 0.
 
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