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    "With the country practicing social distancing, sheltering in place and traveling a lot less, we thought it would be kind of cool to explore the world in 8 wines from Europe to South America; Australia to Japan. No masks required. We picked wines slightly off the beaten path that...
    When I first met Andrea Cornwell (formerly Hoover), I couldn’t help but smile. Her bubbly personality had me that first second. We talked wine and yoga and so much more. “I believe one day I’d like to own my own yoga studio” she says of one of her dreams....
    A Wine Anthology; Digging into Wine By Lisa Gmur, CSW "Wright joined the Merryvale team last year and is a perfect fit as winemaker for the historic St. Helena winery according to Proprietor Rene Schlatter." The Sonoran Desert stretches from La Paz in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico up through the very...
    Eddie Merlot’s is an upscale contemporary American steakhouse and it is all about prime aged beef and okay, seafood too. As you may or may not know, Eddie Merlot is not an actual person. The name came from a wine suggestion during Eddie Merlot’s founder Bill Humphries’ company board meeting dinner....
    This new segment in The Mark Wine News explores how seafood restaurants are tasked to find the best wines that pair with seafood that keeps all their customers blissful, even those that only drink red. We’ve all heard the old adage that white wine goes with fish and red wine...
    SALUTI! A TOAST TO FREIXENET MIONETTO USA By Lisa Gmur, CSW When Freixenet USA and Mionetto USA joined together a little more than a year ago, the newly coined company, Freixenet Mionetto USA, became a force to reckon with. A subsidiary of Henkell Freixenet (the world’s leading producer of sparkling wines), Freixenet...
    Brian Loughnane, Corporate Director of Food & Beverage, grew up in Galway, Ireland. “My dad was a butcher and farmer and operated our family shop, which celebrated 80 years in business last year. It was opened by my grandfather in 1939 and is currently run by my older brother,”...
      Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar was founded in 1998 by restaurateurs Paul Fleming and Bill Allen. The first Fleming’s opened in Newport Beach, California. Besides the very finest aged USDA Prime beef, their focus was on offering an exceptional selection of wines. That continues today. Fleming’s has been a leader...
    There were not a lot of vineyards in Steven Urberg’s backyard, not even by a long shot. Gloria Ferrer’s winemaker grew up in Detroit, Michigan. “I know, it’s not what usually comes to mind as the mecca for wine/winemaking,” says Urberg. “My introduction to wine and winemaking was early on...
    When Rick Hauck and Joe Saccone saw a defunct restaurant building on Coventry Road in Cleveland back in the 80s, they had an idea - remodel the building and open a steakhouse. With no extra money to advertise, they relied on word of mouth, and it worked. In 1988,...