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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


Murray: Summer's heat calls for a wine that's sweet

Yep, it's summer. If you don't believe the thermometer and the humidity indicator, just check your personal sweat factor.

July 09, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Family farm grows love of fine wine

This is the first 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.

June 03, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Bet you never knew this about your wine

Here's an unsurprising fact: California is the leading wine-producing state in the nation. What is surprising, however, is that 90 percent of American wine comes from the Golden State.

May 06, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Rieslings are good for sippin', too

I'm a riesling fan! The white wine grape known alternatively as Johannisberg riesling and white riesling is adored by most hard-core winos - even those who wax rhapsodic over nothing but big, strong, hearty red wines.

March 31, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: If wine smells off, most likely it is

It was supposed to be just a good-quality, mid-range sangiovese - a red wine from Tuscany - served at a popular pizzeria in South Hall.

March 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Lambrusco wine comes in quality varieties

I'm back. I hope somebody noticed I took a month off in January. Lots of "stuff" going on in December - including a visit from a brand new grandbaby - so I gave myself a brief hiatus for the start of the new year.

February 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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