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Chronic Cellars Labels…I Mean Wines

Chronic Cellars winesOf course the main reason I wanted to try these Chronic Cellars wines is their labels. (See what I mean?)
Oh, and I wanted to see what was going on in Paso Robles, wine-wise…yeah, sure, that’s right.
Well, we had a good time sampling the wines, and I can’t say they’re spectacular, but they’re fun. I passed the remainders on to my neighbor Steve, and he and his girlfriend ended up ordering in and having an impromptu Date Night on a weekday.
We all thought the wines went better with food than without. Especially the “Dead Nuts” zinfandel-based red blend, which was the most well structured and

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The (Frozen) Bulleit Mint Julep

Hollis BulleitEvery year I try making a Mint Julep around the time of the Kentucky Derby. And every year I realize, again, that I don’t like them. This year I went out for a Mint Julep, invited to meet Hollis Bulleit at a party she was giving for the occasion, on the patio at Boston’s Intercontinental Hotel . Normally a lovely space overlooking the Bay, on this early May afternoon it had a real Arctic wind coming in off the ocean.

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The Beginning of April…in Spanish Wine

20150424_123308A Junior year abroad turned into a love affair with a Spaniard then changed course and morphed into a love of Spanish wines. And all these years later, we’re standing in my kitchen sipping the first of April Cullom’s own wine label, the 2013 Casa Abril Coupage. It starts with aromas of violets and grasses, hits the palate with restrained dark fruit and departs leaving an impression of nice

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