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Wine Without Pretense: Reintroducing the flavors from Italian vineyards

In spite of the legend, it is unlikely Roman Emperor Nero actually fiddled while the city of Rome burned. But he might have been drinking wine.

November 05, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Celebrate the season with a serious Champagne

Mark Oct. 24 on your calendar or your Apple Watch, or whatever. That's International Champagne Day! So says Champagne Bureau USA.

October 01, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: White County wine country is really jumping!

On a late July road trip sponsored by the White County Chamber of Commerce and hosted by genial Chamber President Cindy Bailey, a group of rowdy food, wine and travel scribes climbed the hills and wandered the valleys of a truly lovely part of North Georgia.

September 03, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: It’s grill time; devour red meats with red wine

Gentlemen, masochists that we are, we struggle out into the North Georgia summer heat and humidity to battle with that masculine dragon - the grill.

August 13, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: High-quality winemaker develops affordable drinks

Two issues rarely intertwine in the same sentence: Highly rated winemakers and sensibly priced wines.

August 06, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Seeking perfect wine to serve with salmon

Wow, it's good to hear from folks who read this column. I do appreciate the emails with questions about wines. And I want to deal with a quartet of them in today's edition.

July 02, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Adding oxygen to young red wines can boost taste

"Do aerators really work?" is a question I hear frequently.

June 04, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without pretense: Light white wine tastes linger on tip of tongue

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz.

May 07, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Transforming from city girl to wine grower’s wife

Martha Ezzard wears many hats. She's been a lawyer, journalist, state legislator and most likely a few other things.

April 02, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Reminder of a good Hungarian red win

You always can learn something new from The Times. I did in January. And that led to some fond memories from my past and conversations with folks with a real history in this town.

March 05, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: To drink or not to drink old bottle of wine?

Time to address some queries I've received from readers during the past few months. I do answer all questions personally and ask permission to use them in this column. If you have a question about wine, check the end of this column to see how to get it to me.

February 05, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Enjoy a taste of Spain with a Verdejo from Rueda

Ever heard of Verdejo? How about Rueda?

January 01, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Buy yourself a Ferrari

Want a Ferrari for Christmas? You can have one. It's easy.

December 04, 2013 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Georgia wineries have come a long way

In last month's column, I answered a question from a reader about a Northeast Georgia winery that recently passed away. In writing that response, I was reminded of the degree to which I have come to be a fan and supporter of Georgia wines.

November 06, 2013 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without pretense: Finding the budget-friendly zinfandel for visitors

The bride and I have been like Willie Nelson the past few months ... on the road again. Lots of traveling, lots of visits and we've come home with a greater appreciation for this wonderful land of ours.

October 02, 2013 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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