Category Archives: Food and Wine

Allen R. Balik: Looking Beyond Our Comfort Zone

Often when talking about wine with friends who appreciate its pleasures but are not really interested in the backstory or breadth of the subject, I hear comments about “comfort” levels relating to specific favored varietals or brands but not much about the desire to venture into something new. (more…)...
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Understanding What You’re Tasting

Tasting wine can be easy and enjoyable. But understanding what we are tasting, while absorbing the various sensory elements, can be difficult to comprehend given all of the complex underlying interactions taking place. But the big question often arises: “Are all these descriptors necessary just to enjoy the wine?” (more…)...
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Rediscovering Italy, Part 2

Continuing our adventure in Italy’s Veneto region, we boarded our coach with driver Paolo for a three-hour journey to Tuscany and the wonderful Relais & Chateau property Il Borro that would be our home for six days. (more…)...
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