» No comments   |   Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 11:34 am

I often point out the challenges grape growers face as they try to bring the best fruit possible to the vintner. I remind readers of the heat, the chill, the mud, the dust, the hail, the gnats, and the pests and birds that like to attack the roots, the leaves, and the grapes. It’s time,  however, to […]

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» No comments   |   Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm

While in a sports bar watching a baseball game recently, my colleague ordered two glasses of “house wine.” The server asked us if we wanted red or white, then explained that the bar had only two “brands” of wine. In my years in Germany, I learned that the owners of most neighborhood or village restaurants […]

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» No comments   |   Friday, July 15, 2016 at 3:17 pm

At dinner in Cremona some time ago, my wife and I had a splendid table facing a medieval cathedral across the piazza, floodlit and multicolored. Our table was at the edge of the piazza so we could get a good look at diners not only in our trattoria but also in most of the other cafes […]

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