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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


Murray: Wine club members in Georgia mainly out of luck

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?

July 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: These white wines will cool you off

Around this time of year in northeast Georgia, I am reminded of one of the tunes from "Porgy and Bess."

June 01, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Weigh risks, benefits before sipping red wine

There are many good reasons to drink wine. But there are some reasons to be cautious.

May 04, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Unique mix of grapes adds to winemaker's allure

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.

April 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


'Big Red' still dominates wine choices

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.

March 02, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Local wines’ value comes from supply and demand

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.

January 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Keeping track of past greats and flops

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.

December 02, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Pair the right wine with your turkey

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.

November 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Have a question? I’m here to help

It is getting cool in Northeast Georgia. Fall is creeping in. And it is getting to be time for cool-weather wines.

October 07, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Frogtown updates idea of Georgia’s sweet wines

This is the second in a series of profiles of Georgia wineries. Subsequent profiles will appear when the writer feels sufficiently motivated to do them ... or when his editor yells at him.

September 02, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: A dinner date with a master chef

It was my first big gig as a wine writer - the Monterey Wine Festival in the early 1980s. And I was late for lunch.

August 19, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Mondavi brother continues history-making tradition

Got a note recently about a wine pioneer named Mondavi who's going to be honored in California later this year.

August 05, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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