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The Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast are all familiar names to American wine lovers. We rely on these publications to help us sort through the seemingly endless choices when trying to select a bottle of wine. An outstanding score from one of these wine reviewers is a near... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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Am I really writing to tell you about a new line of Italian wines with a pig as a mascot? Well sort of... You see, Pigro is a piglet; yes that's right, a piglet, but no ordinary pig. Pigro is a joint project with renowned winemaker Stefano Moccagatta and importer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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As I get older the seasons seem to fly by faster than ever. I can't believe it's already Labor Day. Growing up I was never a fan of Labor Day. It signaled the end of the carefree summer and the beginning of the rigorous back to school routine. My family... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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You say your friend is really into wine? And his birthday is coming up? Lucky for you--here are the top five wines you should shop for before the big celebration. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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The Piedmont region of Italy is home to some of the best wines on the planet. Barolo, the king of wine, and Barbaresco, the queen, can both be complex, compelling wines that demand attention--more attention than is appropriate for a casual nightly meal. Along with the fact that most Barolo... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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A couple of weeks ago I had a guest ask for help locating a bottle of wine. She couldn't remember the name of the wine or even where it was from, she just knew she liked it and had purchased it in one of our stores. Often times with so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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In the world of business a blue chip is a stock in a corporation with a national reputation for quality, reliability and the ability to operate profitably in good times and bad. Much the same could be said about blue chip wines. They must be of the highest quality regardless... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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Over the years I've had the opportunity to visit some of the most dramatic wine landscapes in the world. The Mosel in Germany and the Douro Valley in Portugal certainly rank up near the top of my list. Not only for their beauty, but also the perilously steep slopes the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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Verona is one of my favorite Italian cities. Walking along streets where ancient Romans, Medieval nobles, Venetian Signori and Napoleon once walked contribute to the rich tapestry of art, architecture and history. In addition Verona is the home of a truly spectacular wine show each year know as VinItaly. According... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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With New Year's and Valentine's Day behind us I guess there is no need to think about buying any sparkling wine for the rest of the year. OK, maybe for the occasional birthday or anniversary but for the most part you're done. If you think anything like myself my answer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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Time flies when you're having fun. Yes it's time again for the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Once again ABC Fine Wine & Spirits is a proud sponsor of this star-studded, four day destination event showcasing the talents of the most renowned wine and spirit producers, chefs... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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In our winter edition of the ABC Wine Journal I wrote about some newly discovered wines you must try in 2014. Soon after the journal was mailed, I began receiving questions about two of the wines that were no where to be found. My apologizes to anyone who came into... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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Looking back at 2013 I've come to the realization that I drank a lot of really good wine last year. It would be impossible to pick my absolute favorite (kind of like picking your favorite child) but without a doubt in my top five would be the 2007 Petra Toscana... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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The Oltrepò Pavese in northwest Italy is probably not on most people's lists of the world's great sparkling wine regions. Admittedly, until I had the opportunity to visit Oltrepò Pavese I thought much the same way. A couple of years ago Brad Lewis and I planned a visit to this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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I love working in our stores during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Bottles of wine disappear from the shelves as fast as we can replace them. All kinds of shoppers from the most experienced connoisseur to the weekend imbiber and finally the once a year visitor all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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I guess it's human nature to take for granted your old friends. I know at times I am guilty of this behavior. I just expect good friends will always be there when I need them. At ABC Fine Wine & Spirits we have sold the wines of Fattoria Poggerino since... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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Over the past year one of my favorite "go-to" wines has been Petra Ebo. I have never had a guest come back and say they didn't enjoy this wine...in fact just the opposite is true. Ebo is just one of a number of spectacular wines that come to us from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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When is the last time you had a really memorable Italian Merlot? I know you are probably thinking "Merlot?" In a country populated with hundreds of indigenous grape varieties and numerous famous wines such as Barolo, Brunello and Chianti Classico just to name a few, why even ask the question... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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Over the years our guests searching for top quality Prosecco have made Collalto Prosecco Superiore DOCG their bubbly of choice. And with good reason. Collalto has been one of the oldest, most influential winemaking estates in this northeastern corner of Italy. Records trace their roots back as far as 958... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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Over the years I have seen hundreds of wine labels come and go from our portfolio. When I refer to "wine labels," I'm usually referring to a wine that doesn't have a history or pedigree behind it. A wine that is sourced from vineyards within a specific area and then... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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I admit it. I'm spoiled when it comes to my wine travels. By spoiled I'm not talking about flying first class or staying in five star hotels. Of course, being pampered never bothers me, but I'm referring to the opportunity afforded me once I get to the vineyard or winemaker... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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Paul Quaglini and Matt Buoncristiani. As my friend and colleague Ken Amendola wrote in his June 11th blog, our in-store wine tastings are the "best deal in town." For wine lovers what could be better than two hours of sampling an endless variety of wine and spirits all for $10?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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Wait! I know what you're probably thinking. I must be really desperate for material to be blogging about another pinot grigio. After all, don't wine lovers scorn the incredible popularity of this bland, inoffensive, uninteresting wine? Well despite what some may think, sales of pinot grigio continue to grow in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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As a self proclaimed lover of Italian wine, I'm the first to admit that some of Italy's wines need a bit of explaining. Vin Santo, or "holy wine," is an amber colored dessert wine produced throughout Tuscany. It is most often made from a blend of Trebbiano Toscana and Malvasia... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops
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Trying to keep up with the ever changing world of Italian wine can make your head spin. I'm a huge fan of Italian wine but trying to properly inform our staff and guests can be a daunting task. Last week I was asked why some Italian wines had a paper... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Brew Hops and Wine Stops