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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


Wine Without Pretense: Spice is nice

Want some good news about wine? I thought so. But you are required to take a dose of not-so-good news along with it.

May 02, 2012 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: A toast to spring

It's spring and time to deal with odds and ends from the wine world. Hope you find some of them of interest.

April 03, 2012 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: Must have read that elsewhere

Two words glimmer like a lighthouse to me during February in Northeast Georgia - Florida Keys.

February 10, 2012 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Resolutions for 2012

Happy New Year to y'all!

January 04, 2012 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: Blends are becoming mainstream

With her usual acuity the bride picked up a bottle of wine I had just received, looked over the label and declared, "I think we're seeing a lot more blended red wines than in the past."

December 07, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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


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