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Jan. 12, 2022

Pinot Gris Showdown: Alsace Vs. Willamette Valley

Chip and Lainie drink some delicious Pinot Gris from Alsace, France and Willamette Valley, Oregon. Both prove to be unexpected e…

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Dec. 9, 2021

Last Minute Bottles: Drugstore and Supermarket Wines

It happens to all of us: We don't want to attend a holiday party empty-handed and the only wine vendors close by are drugstores a…

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Dec. 9, 2021

Chardonnay: Napa Vs. Burgundy

Chip and Lainie check out two stellar examples of Chardonnay: One from Burgundy, the other from Napa Valley. Joseph Drouhin Meurs…

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Nov. 3, 2021

Cabernet Sauvignon: USA Vs. Australia

Chip and Lainie try out some fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon wines: Daou 2019 from Paso Robles and "Sister's Run" 2019 from Australia.

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Oct. 6, 2021

Two Chablis for Two

Chablis is both misunderstood and misappropriated: Fortunately, the real stuff is absolutely delicious. Chip and Lainie enjoy two…

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Sept. 20, 2021

Three Not-So-Little Pigatos

Lainie and Chip take a deep dive into one of Lainie's favorite grapes: Pigato. They sample three wines, all Pigatos, from Azienda…

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Aug. 28, 2021

Three Rieslings are Not a Crowd

Chip and Lainie rejoice in a trifecta of Rieslings, domestic and international. Weingut Beurer - Riesling Trocken 2020, Ovum "Off…

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Aug. 22, 2021

Hot Days, Cold Wines: What to Drink When the Temperature Climbs

Hot, sticky weather can be a dilemma for wine lovers, but Chip and Lainie have some ideas up their sleeves. They try an old stand…

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Aug. 5, 2021

Fun Summer Fizz: Old Westminster Piquette

Chip and Lainie check out something new: Not exactly a wine, this Skin Contact Piquette from Old Westminster in Maryland is a fun…

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July 18, 2021

Thank You Very Much, Field Recordings

Chip and Lainie love Field Recordings wines and were thrilled to be able to review Domo Arigato, a skin contact wine made from Pi…

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July 4, 2021

Southern Syrahs: Hand of God & Mollydooker

Chip and Lainie take a deep dive into Syrah, sampling Hand of God from Argentina and Mollydooker's "The Boxer" from Australia. As…

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June 23, 2021

French Vs. South African Chenin Blanc + a Tribute to Anthony Bourdain

Chip and Lainie discuss Chenin Blanc with Chip sharing two of his favorite wines made from this grape: Domaine Le Peu de La Morie…

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June 8, 2021

Italy's Scarce Summer Wines

It's getting hot out there and we are all about light, refreshing wines from Italy. Sadly, this week's wines from Cascina Feipu D…

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June 1, 2021

Cool Label, Better Wine: 2019 Kerner by Matic Wines

Poor Kerner. It's a fantastic grape that doesn't get much attention. On one hand, this is sad, as it deserves more respect. On th…

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May 24, 2021

Vanguard of the Zin Revolution

The Russian Revolution was all about Red Vs. White (armies), which is analogous to how Zinfandel is understood and consumed here …

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May 14, 2021

Everything Is Coming up Rosés

Chip and Lainie are once again joined by their friend Tom for a lively wine discussion. The topic this week is one near and dear …

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May 7, 2021

Dueling Darkness: Pinot Noir from France and Willamette Valley

Pinot Noir is a tricky grape and wines made from it can easily go wrong. Yet, they can also be incredibly delicious when done wel…

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April 26, 2021

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Ordering Wine Online

Chip and Lainie discuss the perils, pitfalls, and pleasures of purchasing wine online. Blog post with links to companies mention…

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April 19, 2021

The Trouble with Terroir: Two vines, two wines

Terroir is a French word that means the natural environment in which grapes are grown. Some people believe terroir can make or br…

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April 12, 2021

California Chardonnay Finds Redemption: Paul Hobbs Russian River

Dilemma: It's time to review a Chardonnay and Chip is terrified of Lainie's reaction to a Chard from California. Celebrated winem…

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April 9, 2021

A Night (Owl) to Remember: Stolpman Vineyards "Para Maria"

This week, we opted to head back to the states and enjoy this HUGE Syrah, Petite Verdot blend from Santa Barbara. Lainie experien…

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April 9, 2021

The Hills are Alive With the Taste of Grüner Veltliner

Chip and Lainie have been on a Grüner Veltliner kick lately and this one from Nigl really hit the spot.

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April 1, 2021

Tears of Joy: A Most Unusual Red Wine

Lacrima means "tear" in Italian, and we were close to weeping with joy over this fun, aromatic wine made from an Italian grape th…

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March 24, 2021

This Nero Doesn't Fiddle Around

Chip and Lainie sip St. Daniel Pinot Nero (Blauburgunder) Riserva 2016 and are wonderfully surprised!

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