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  • Boy, is it loud in here!

    Greetings from Catawba Island, Ohio! A few weeks back, Nick On Wine was asked to host a private wine tasting for a home owners association here on the island. With the help of my pal, Melissa from Bassett's Wine Department we featured eight different wines that evening, three whites and five...
  • 2005 Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz McLaren Vale

    Greetings from Akron, Ohio! I had a wonderful dinner last night at Flemming's Steak House in Montrose with my friends Matt from Nashville and Sue from Akron. Matt is the guy that introduced me to the Justin "Orphan" and I brought a bottle of the latest 2006 vintage to share. F...
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  • 2005 Buehler Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

    Greetings from Beverly Hills, California! During our weekend visiting Mark and Jackie in California, Diane and I had dinner on Saturday night at Mastro's Steak House in Beverly Hills. Mastro's is one of Mark and Jackie's favorites, right down the street from Spago on Canon. The...
  • Hudson Wine Festival V.I.P. Tasting a big success!!

    Greetings from the Lake Erie Islands! Friday night was the kick off of the Hudson Wine Festival running today (Saturday) and tomorrow July 19th and 20th at First and Main in Downtown Hudson, Ohio. The V.I.P. tasting took place at the Vue Restaurant and benefited the Humane Society of Greater Akr...
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  • Two for Fathers Day and Beyond!

    Greetings from Catawba Island! It's Father's Day and I just received a call from my son Mark who is playing a tour with the USO in Kosevo at Camp Bondsteel. All is well and the troops were in great spirits although it rained just prior to the show. Diane and I had a wonderful ti...
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  • 101 Wines...a Cheap Plug for Gary's Book!

    Greetings from the Lake Erie Islands! A shout out to my pal, Gary Vaynerchuck with the release of his new book this week (May 12, 2008). Gary is the host of Wine Library TV, and is a frequent guest on the Television talk circuit. Always looking to make a buck (and that doesn't make him b...
  • A Few Wines for the Weekend!

    Greetings from Akron, Ohio! Here are a few new wines that you might want to look for in the stores for this coming weekend. All are inexpensive and have a great QPR. (Quality/Price Ratio) 2006 Castle Rock California Cuvee Pinto Noir. In my never ending search for a good Pinot under 20 bucks,...
  • Oh my,,,I'm a Locavore...You might be too!

    Greetings from Catawba Island, Ohio! Every year the New Oxford American Dictionary declares its word of the year. In 2007, it was Locavore. Loosely defined, it's someone who prefers buys their food and wine locally. It came out of the local food movement, which encourages people to develop ...
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  • 2003 Marramiero Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Inferi

    Greetings from Catawba Island, Ohio! Once in a blue moon a wine comes along that knocks your socks off, the 2003 Marramiero Inferi is one of those. This ruby red Montepulciano combines an old world grape variety with modern wine making techniques to produce an intense "Barolo on steroids&qu...
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  • What Type of Wine Consumer are You?

    Greetings from Catawba Island! Constellation Wines US, the worlds largest wine company has been doing research on wine consumers for several years. I ran across an article from Mark Fisher, the wine writer for the Dayton Daily News about a project in 2005. They have continued the research within ...