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Summer in Suds

By | July 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm | 1,342 comments

By Rick Riozza A true thing can be said about wine lovers: they tend to appreciate a lot of other good things. Quite often there’s nothing more appealing that enjoying an ice cold beer on a hot summer’s day. During CV Weekly’s 1st Summer Mixer held at Charli...

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By | June 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm | 644 comments

Summer’s Take on Sauvignon Blanc by Rick Riozza If I’m dreaming about the “wines of summer”, the quintessential summer white, Sauvignon Blanc plays a heavy role. But it is a light wine that tends to be very fresh and crisp with juicy fruit flavors. With naturally high...

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It’s Grilled Salmon Season for Wine!

By | June 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm | 610 comments

by Rick Riozza Although we desert dwellers are well in to the season already, it’s officially summertime, and what so many of the food columns, restaurant & food markets ads, and knowledgeable backyard grillers are alerting us to is the current catch of the season:...

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By | June 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm | 1,249 comments

The Pleasures of Food & Wine Pairing    by Rick Riozza   Benjamin Franklin said, “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”   Clearly, wine’s principle role is to give pleasure, and that role is best played out on the...

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By | June 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm | 2,566 comments

VINO VOICE     Restaurant Wine Roundup   by Rick Riozza   It’s nice to be back hitting all the food and wine bar scenes that are going on.   We’re in the final days of Restaurant Week 2012 where we’ve been dining at all the famous...

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VIVA VINO L.A. : DOING ITALIA

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm | 1,672 comments

by Rick Riozza Blew in from Manhattan Beach (BOAC), didn’t get to bed last night. Just came back from covering Viva Vivo LA, the largest Italian wine festival held on the West Coast. From seminars to tastings to dinners, an exceptional array of Italian wines were enjoyed...

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By | May 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm | 1,204 comments

Italian Wine Bathing in the Desert by Rick Riozza Wow! With a title like that, count me in immediately! And literally—I was! In a wine bath! YES!!.... Of course I’m writing about The Well Luxury Spa at Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells, where for the price of a really...

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By | May 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm | 864 comments

Hanging Out at the Wine Bar by Rick Riozza It was really unexpected; I recently wrote that no one can tell you what wine you prefer. You’d think I’d take my own advice. My last couple of wine columns invited the readership to join in on a wine tasting at some...

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THE FUN ART OF WINE TASTING

By | May 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm | 1,749 comments

by Rick Riozza Welcome back my friends to the wine that never ends; we’re so glad you could attend—come inside, come inside. Yeah—we’re talking about enjoying some wonderful light refreshing Chardonnay at your local wine bar, per my last article’s invite to...

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The Charms of Chardonnay

By | April 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm | 1,598 comments

by Rick Riozza The Charms of Chardonnay  Now to you ABC—Anything But Chardonnay—wine fans of the last decade, the news is great.  You may again be pleasantly comforted to enjoy the cool and satisfying charms of Chardonnay.   Yeah—we know, Chardonnay,...

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By | April 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm | No comments

Wine  vs. The Desert Heat   The fun story of how Madeira wine came to be is when the Portuguese sailors, a few hundred years ago, filled the wooden casks of wine from the Madeira Islands and shipped them to ports in India and China. The only route to take was to go...

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Those Festive Wine Tasting Parties

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:30 am | 414 comments

Those Festive Wine Tasting Parties    by Rick Riozza   Wine is the most festive drink ever known to man.  Even if the only wine in the world was simply a Champagne, it would still get top honors far and away from anything else.  Anyway—there’s really no need...

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Meet me at LQ’s – the Wine Shop

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:06 am | 414 comments

  Meet me at LQ’s—the Wine Shop   When my copy of The Desert Sun’s April monthly magazine, Desert Magazine, arrived in my Sunday newspaper, I was looking forward to their annual “Best of the Desert” issue where for about 19 years now they have been...

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