Beyond Riesling: Travels in Southern Germany’s Wine Country

Rotenberg Village near Stuttgart
Rotenberg Village near Stuttgart


A Toast to Wine and Food in Southern Germany

by John and Sandra Nowlan


When people think German wine, they think Riesling. But the sun-soaked hillsides of central Germany produce an astonishing variety of grapes that are carefully turned into flavorful wines. And while German staples like Riesling (the easiest to find in American stores) are plentiful, we discovered several lesser-known, quality wines with a fresh, fruity acidity that could very well become hits on the other side of the Atlantic, too.

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The Audacity of Hops – Book Review

The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution

By Tom Acitelli

(Chicago Review Press, 2013)

The Audacity of Hops by Tom Acitelli


Craft beer has come incredibly far in just a few decades. As Tom Acitelli describes it in The Audacity of Hops, the history of craft brewing in America is nothing short of revolutionary! From just under 100 U.S. breweries in 1980, there are now nearly 3,000. This explosive growth unfolded largely as a consumer reaction against the mass production of bland beer by big breweries.

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Shannon Ridge 2011 “Terre Vermielle” Vineyard Barbera – Wine of the Week Review

Shannon Ridge 2011 "Terre Vermielle" Vineyard Barbera
Shannon Ridge 2011 “Terre Vermielle” Vineyard Barbera


Price: $30

Rating: 13.5/20

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Virage Vineyards 2013 Dry Rosé of Cabernet Franc – Wine of the Week Review

Virage Vineyards 2013 Dry Rosé of Cabernet Franc
Virage Vineyards 2013 Dry Rosé of Cabernet Franc


Price: $26

Rating: 14/20

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Terra d’Oro 2013 Chenin Blanc & Viognier – Wine of the Week Review

Terra d'Oro 2013 Chenin Blanc & Viognier
Terra d’Oro 2013 Chenin Blanc & Viognier


Price: $16

Rating: 13.5/20

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