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As a wine writer, I am frequently asked, “How long can I hold a wine before drinking?”

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We have seasonal celebrations over the next 75 days: Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. Traditional wine lovers enjoy Champagne or sparkling wine with their family and friends on these occasions.

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Over the past 25 years, I have grown to appreciate the ever-improving quality in Chilean and Argentinian wines. Don Maximiano Errazuriz, considered by some the father of Chilean wine, established the oldest winery in Chile’s Aconcagua Valley, just west of Mount Aconcagua. Other notable winer…

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The first death from coronavirus in Georgia occurred in March 2020 with a 67-year-old gentleman. Through Aug. 10, Georgia experienced 219,025 confirmed cases with 4,229 deaths, and, collectively, Dawson and Pickens counties experienced 768 cases with eight deaths. In Georgia, the age groups …

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Early American wine history is best captured in the two-volume “A History of Wine in America” by Thomas Pinney, published in 1989. Pinney reminds us Leif Ericson, while sailing in 1001 A.D. from Greenland to Newfoundland, observed grapes—or perhaps cranberry plants. After Christopher Columbu…

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July—whether from your garden, a farmers’ market or the grocery store, it’s time to enjoy the tomato harvest. Every spring, tender shoots are placed in soil, watered, staked and protected from the elements and voracious rabbits, so we might chow down on these tasty fruits of the vine come mi…

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It seems to me that production of detective stories on so large a scale, and by writers whose immediate reward is small and whose need of critical praise is almost nil, would not be possible at all if the job took any talent.
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 The lifeblood of any publishing year is novelty, in all its forms. The endless parade of books on bookstore display tables all calls out to prospective buyers with the same call: new, new, new! The newest novels, the newest histories, the newest biographies taking advantage of the newest so…
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There are some books I am a little reluctant to review. I struggle to overcome that reluctance because dark things happen in our world, and we gain nothing by hiding them—or hiding from them. In truth, we lose because by hiding them, we let then grow and fester.
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Despite the blazing heat and choking humidity outside, despite the classic dog-days-of-summer feeling of being trapped all day and all night under a soggy, heated blanket, the weeks are slowly filing in, and the autumn book-season is slowly drawing nearer. The season typically brings an incr…
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I was in law enforcement for over twelve years. Many things, like the high incarceration rate of black males, have disturbed me about our criminal justice system. But when it came to police brutality, I believed in the “few rotten apples” theory. I understand the pressures police face from a…
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(Family Features) Aging may be inevitable, but with advancement in research and technology, there are plenty of ways you can slow, or even rev… Read more