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Wine Without Pretense: Wine suggestions for end of summer, football season

Summer's winding down. Time to catch up with some odds and ends floating around the world of wine.

September 04, 2013 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without pretense: Discount-priced wines not always a bargain

We all love a bargain. Admit it; your head swivels on spotting a BOGO sign.

August 07, 2013 | Randall Murray | Columnists


France, Germany influence formation of Alsace wine

Where can you go to enjoy French wines with a German accent?

July 03, 2013 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Escape back to ancient times of winemaking

Those who find the subject of wine fascinating are advised to grab a book I just finished. No, not my copy; buy one of your own. It truly is one of the best offerings on the subject I have encountered in 30-plus years.

June 05, 2013 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Taste test a German wine

If you are a typical American wine drinker, chances are very good your first choice in wines is not from Germany.

May 01, 2013 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Relax, there’s a tool for that

My son-in-law and my oldest grandson drive me nuts (they argue that for me it's a short walk). They must have the latest electronic gadgets - iPads, iPhones, iPods, Nooks, Kindles, smart phones, smarter phones ... stuff I've never heard of, and never will understand.

April 03, 2013 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Know your bubbly

"Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it."

March 06, 2013 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: 3 swell choices of pink

Quick question: What color do you generally associate with February?

February 06, 2013 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Sweet relief from the winter chill

Follow me on this. It's winter. That means it's cold out there. When you're cold, what do you want? You want something hearty, something filling, something warming... whether on your plate or in your glass.

January 02, 2013 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Pinot noir and label confusion

Came back from our North Sea cruise in mid-September to find some questions from readers on my email. Since I had written my October column in advance of the trip, I've had to wait until this month to address them.

December 05, 2012 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Serve up a boxed beverage with your holiday dinner

Wine in a box for Thanksgiving? Forgive the pun, but wine not?

November 14, 2012 | Randall Murray | Life top stories


Wine Without Pretense: Sampling a big, bold red wine

When wine drinkers chat about the great red wine grapes from Italy, two names leap to the top of the list - the robust Nebbiolo of the Piedmont region, and the bright and fruity Sangiovese from Tuscany.

October 03, 2012 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: All the wines I've loved before

This is the geezer column I thought I never would write.

August 01, 2012 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Petite sirah is a big favorite

Petite sirah is anything but petite. This resurgent dry red table wine, often referred to as "a winemaker's wine," is climbing the popularity charts in this country, chasing such competitors as merlot, malbec and cabernet sauvignon for favor among American winos.

July 04, 2012 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Eastern Europe’s wines better after iron curtain fell

One of the bennies of being a wine writer and educator is that I get to travel the world in search of good wines. Unfortunately that global trip means going to local wine shops for vicarious visits.

June 06, 2012 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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Wine Without Pretense: Drinking in the memory of my first taste of wine

I had an "aha" moment recently. I pinpointed the precise moment I began to listen to the siren call of wine, and it predates my previous landmark by a few years.

December 03, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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