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    Off the vine: Learn, dine at Forks & Corks

    While watching the BCS National Championship Game, with Florida State and Auburn Universities battling it out, I couldn't help but think of another upcoming university setting -- Forks & Corks University. An event where a number of the top wineries in the world will showcase their exceptional wines...


    Wine ideas for New Year's Day

    With Jan. 1 comes those dreaded New Year's resolutions that most make, but few ever complete. Keeping that in mind, I offer an old Irish toast to all -- "As we start the New Year, Let's get down on our knees, to thank God we're on our feet."


    Off the Vine: Let's toast to Champagne

    While many people think that Champagne and June weddings are made for each other, I beg to differ since my niece is getting married between Christmas and New Year's Eve, so what a perfect occasion for touting Champagne -- a wedding, Christmas dinner, and ringing in the new year.


    Speaking Volumes: Shedding light on Mondavi's new venture

    While most people know that Robert Mondavi was a pioneer in marketing Napa Valley, Calif., to the world, he also assisted in bringing many innovative winemaking techniques to the region. Now, in a new venture, you can purchase Robert Mondavi Private Selection X Woodzee Sierra sunglasses that are...


    Wine cooler is on wish list

    All I want for Christmas this year is a wine storage refrigerator that holds at least 100 bottles, and it would be really nice if it came full of good wine.


    Give thanks for great wine

    As a child, there was something special about going to Grandma's house on Thanksgiving. I loved how all those wonderful aromas from the various foods being cooked would slowly waft past my nose as I walked through her front door.


    Wolfgang Puck Wines raises the bar

    Jim Rawe's wine column. This week: Wolfgang Puck Wines.


    Wines around the world offer history lesson

    In vino veratis is a well-traveled Latin saying that translates to "in wine there is truth." Although this phrase originated during the Roman times because public officials believed that if they drank wine during meetings it would be easier to discern if someone was untruthful -- today I would say...


    Sarasota Food & Wine Fest set for Saturday

    The 12th annual Suncoast Food & Wine Fest is set for this Saturday at Lakewood Ranch


    Winemakers combine strengths produce perfection

    Can you imagine what the leading quality Port producers -- Cockburn's, Dow's and Graham's -- have in common with Bordeaux's iconic Chateau Cos d'Estournel? The Symington family that owns these three Port houses and Bruno Prats, whose family owned Chateau Cos d'Estournel from 1917 until Bruno sold...

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