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.
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."
Ah, January. Lovely time of the year ... cold, damp, uncomfortable, never-ending. In other words, January plants that big, dark cloud overhead and never lets up. Unless you live in the southern hemisphere - and I don't mean Valdosta. In South America, it's summer. Georgia winemakers are wandering through bare, shivering vineyards, pruning and planning. But in places such as Argentina and Chile, winemakers are watching grapes ripen and build up sugars. Harvest begins in ...
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.
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.
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.
Oak or no oak? That is one of the ongoing debates in the wine world.
Time to clean out the old mail bag. I welcome questions from readers; drop me a note c/o The Times, or e-mail me (the address is at the end of this column). I do respond to each one when I receive it, but hoard them for a column just like this one. Question: I know Georgia changed its laws regarding buying wine from out of state, but I've been told by an online wine club I belong to that they still are not able to sell wine directly to Georgia residents. What's the story here?
Around this time of year in northeast Georgia, I am reminded of one of the tunes from "Porgy and Bess."
There are many good reasons to drink wine. But there are some reasons to be cautious. I gave this issue some thought recently when I read a warning about dangerous fungal toxins discovered in wine. Don't start pouring your Bordeaux down the sink; it's nowhere near as bad as it sounds. More in a bit. Numerous scientific studies over the past few decades have pointed to health benefits from consuming moderate and responsible amounts of ...
David Harris knows his way around a vineyard. He should; for many years the fruit from his Blackstock Vineyards was highly prized by winemakers throughout northeast Georgia, who bought Blackstock grapes to make wines that would bear their labels.
The sun was heading for the horizon one afternoon recently; it was going on 5 p.m. I glanced at the bird feeder, stuck on a pole about 2 feet from our screened-in back deck.
Howdy, and Happy New Year! It's quite likely that by the time you read this, my bride and I will be tanning our elderly bodies in the sunshine of the Florida Keys. About this time of year, we genuinely miss South Florida, where we lived for 15 years. This year, we ain't missin' it, we're enjoyin' it.
As the Christmas holiday approaches - and I battle mightily against the Grinch influence - I have retreated to my cellar book. Actually, I have tried to burrow into my cellar book until, say, Jan. 2, but there are certain physical limitations.
Don't look now but Halloween's over your shoulder and the next big family holiday bash is Thanksgiving. And, of course, the burning question of the day is not whether President Barack Obama should have been given the Nobel Peace Prize or if the Army Corps of Engineers will try to turn Lake Lanier back into Death Valley East.
Want a Ferrari for Christmas? You can have one. It's easy.
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