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Wine without Pretense: Biltmore offers more than a fancy mansion

I dropped in and chatted with the winemakers at America's most-visited winery last month.

November 02, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Napa Valley has a competitor in Georgia

Way back in 1976 a British wine exporter living in Paris decided to shake the trees. His name was Steven Spurrier (no, not the old ball coach) and what he did had a seismic impact on the wine world that reverberates today.

October 05, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: Guide book to Georgia wineries a winner

Thanks, Warren Johnson, for your great little addition to my wine library. Now, readers, you may want to add "Georgia's Wineries & Vineyards: A Wine Lover's Guide," to your bookshelves.

September 07, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: Sampling some wines from around the world

Had enough Georgia summer? Ready to travel somewhere else ... anywhere else?

August 03, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: Wineries can be a tough and dirty business

There's a wry old saying about the business of making wine. Goes like this: Know how to make a small fortune in the wine biz? Start with a large fortune.

July 06, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without pretense: Readers ask about aerators, terms, picnic wine

In last month's column, the second installment taking us around the world seeking signature grapes in countries and regions, I mentioned getting feedback from readers. All three of them called or emailed.

June 01, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: German wines in a French land hold their own

Last month we traipsed around the world looking at trademark or signature grapes and the regions with which they are identified: i.e., Burgundy and pinot noir, and Italy with pinot grigio.

May 04, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: Trotting the globe for some signature grapes

I was telling students in one of my wine appreciation classes at Brenau University about wines from Argentina. Malbec, I told them, is the signature red wine grape of Argentina. Likewise, I declared, that country's trademark white wine grape is torrontes.

April 06, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: Some fussy grapes make for popular blends

OK, did we make it through winter? I know that technically the season still has a couple of weeks to go, but, with any luck, it's over. My lips to God's ears.

March 02, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine: Celebrate February with a few ‘weird whites’

February is the shortest month of the year, but often the most brutal. About mid-month we begin to sniff the vague scents of spring a few weeks away. Then February smacks us with just one more "wintry event."

February 02, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without pretense: It’s cold, but we can still enjoy summer’s fruits

Ah, January. Lovely time of the year ... cold, damp, uncomfortable, never-ending.

January 04, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Great ideas for the wino on your Christmas list

It's holiday time, with Christmas just a little over three weeks away. If you're still trying to come up with a nifty and useful gift for the wino in your life, read on. In addition to actual gifts, I'm suggesting some wine-related events you could attend.

November 30, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Readers ask about aerators, pinot gris and pinot grigio

It's that time again; time to answer some of the questions I've received from readers of this column (I heard from all three recently) and from students in my wine appreciation classes.

November 02, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Bison country reveals a new red table wine

We're baaack! Yes, five and a half weeks, 7,970 miles and 19 states later, the bride and I have re-established our roots in Hall County. It was a great trip and nobody got hurt.

October 05, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


When it comes to wine, opinions vary on oak

Oak or no oak? That is one of the ongoing debates in the wine world.

August 03, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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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


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