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Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Tour in a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

By Darin Pemberton and Holly L. Smith Ten days before the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Tour, Duane asked if I would attend in his stead. I agreed and that simple agreement lead to a fundamental change in my views of Michigan wines. I am getting ahead of myself. As the event drew closer, the good […]

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Review: 2011 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc

South Africa is world renown for its quality Chenin Blanc and this little gem from Mulderbosch proves to bolster that reputation. For well under $15, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one – let’s get into it. Residual Sugar 4.3 g/l Total Extract 22.4 g/l pH 3.38 Alcohol 13.92 % Total Acid 5.6 […]

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2014 Mazda CX-5: Impressions

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Review: 2010 Smasne Cellars Ancient Rocks red wine

Winery website: Robert Smasne has made a name for himself in the Northwest for producing wines that show good character, varietal integrity and body. This 2010 “Ancient Stones” blend is no different. A Rhone-style blend, it is a wine that can easily tame everything from a pot-roast to lamb shank to wild game. A good-drinking […]

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Review: A pair of Matua Wines from New Zealand

Winery website: Matua is a wine brand that hails from New Zealand and its mission is to deliver affordable, tasty vino from the best fruit it can get. With its first bottling in 1974, it’s been around the “block a few times” and has a loyal following of wine lovers. These two, affordable offerings have […]

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Review: Three Paul Mas Wines

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: Most wine lovers know of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone but France’s Languedoc region hasn’t been too high on the radar for many. Located in the southeast portion of the country, it grows some fabulous grapes under the Languedoc AOC body there. If you enjoy old-world-style wines at new-world prices, then […]

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Review: 2011 Kennedy Shaw Riesling

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: For winemaker, Jean Claude Beck, making old-world style wine is in his DNA. Born in the Alsace region of France, Jean’s obvious influence of the area he grew up in comes to life in this Riesling. Easily, one of the best, if not the best Riesling’s I’ve had from Washington […]

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