Tales From The Cellar

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Pinot Noir Picks

Now that we are all hopefully recovered from those hectic holidays, including all those fabulous dinners and wines, it might seem reasonable to maintain a gradual path back to reality. It’s like when...

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Best Wine Buys

In writing my first blog for Beltramo’s, I wanted to discuss a bit about the wine buying philosophies of our Domestic and International Buyers and point out some of the “Best Wine Buys” that I have...

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Countdown to Big Game

As the countdown to Super Bowl 50 begins, it’s time to decide what beer(s) you will be enjoying as you watch the game.  Since there is now a wide diversity of light and dark beers to choose from, it...

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Alternative to Champagne

As much as I love Champagne, and by “love” I mean that I can enjoy it any time anywhere and don’t need any special occasion for it (for example, Sunday is pretty special, isn’t it?), serving Champagne...

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Prosecco – the other Holiday bubbles!

It’s that time of year again when we all start feeling one of two ways, exhilaration for the upcoming festivities and celebrations or total panic that the holidays could sneak up on us so quickly! Whether...

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Red Bordeaux: Beyond Cru Classé

Grand Cru Classé wines represent only 3 % of Bordeaux wine production. What makes up the other 97%?  Let’s look at the entire Bordeaux area first, before exploring any of its regions. Bordeaux is...

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Dessert Wine Pairing

With apples, persimmons and pumpkins largely coming into a season, one inevitably starts to think about all the wonderful desserts that can be made: pumpkin pies, apple pies, apple turnovers, persimmon...

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Thinking Rhone? Here Are Two to Own.

I must say we have tasted a number of great Rhone wines over the last few months, both white and red, and we now have many of them on the shelf. But as good as they all were, there are two in particular...

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Tailgate Pairings

Thank goodness Football Season has started again. Time for tailgating!  I really enjoy preparing fun foods for dining alfresco at a football game. I always try to pick a menu that I can do some prep ahead...

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The 2015 Society of Wine Educators Conference: Part 1

The Society of Wine Educators is a non-profit educational organization, founded in 1974, to advance wine education through professional development and certification (the CWE), which requires passing...