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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


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


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