How Deep Is Your (Red Wine) Love?

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They say that true love builds over time and that the strongest relationships are those that are steeped in the ups and downs of life. In many ways, red wine is the true love of the  wine world. While it is true that a large percentage of the greatest table wines are white  wines, it is red wine that always outlives and outlasts the lighter styles.

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[This article was written by Benjamin Spencer, AmericanWineWriter, and published by Eligible Magazine. Follow this link to read the full article.]

A Snapshot of Wine

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Photo courtesy of Eligible Magazine

I like to think of each wine as a photograph; an organic system frozen in time like a camera captures two young lovers holding hands for the first time. One hand is art. The other is science. You could have one without the other, but where’s the romance in that? And what comes after that primary embrace? How does something simple grow to be complex and rewarding? It’s easy to overlook the elements of a routine – in relationships and in wine – but this is truly where the magic is found.

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[This article was written by Benjamin Spencer, AmericanWineWriter, and published by Eligible Magazine. Follow this link to read the full article.]

The Engaged Winelover

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[This article was written by Benjamin Spencer, AmericanWineWriter, and published by Eligible Magazine. Follow this link to read the full article.]

Dialogue is important. In love, as in politics, what is said can lead to war or peace. Wine certainly doesn’t fall into the category of combat, but the point is the same if you consider that we are all seeking a particular level of serenity when engaging wine. Being honest about our strengths and weaknesses when we are in that buying moment can make the difference between an assault on your palate or a triumph of gastronomy.

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The Magic of a Great Vintage

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[This article was written by Benjamin Spencer, AmericanWineWriter, and published by Eligible Magazine. Follow this link to read the full article.]

Relationships are a lot like wine. There are times to grow and gather, work and wait, and most certainly there are moments of ecstasy. Once in a while all the potential possibilities converge and it seems nothing imaginable could be more magical. These are the times we remember most, the unforgettable years that act as beacons for our daily efforts and affections.

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The Corrected Coffee

Caffè CorrettoI love coffee. It’s one of my favorite daily pleasures, especially upon waking in the morning and after an afternoon nap – the rich aroma of roasted beans grinding, the dark bitter liquid frothing in the percolator. It’s mouthwatering. The only thing that ever makes it better is the correction.

The caffe corretto is generally accepted as an Italian specialty. However, fortified coffee drinks have a long international tradition that goes far beyond the colloquial “spiking” of your coffee. Through the centuries coffee drinks featuring some form of local distilled spirit have provided soldiers, sailors, farmers, and urbanites energy and courage to face war, long sea voyages, the elements, and another day at the office.

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Follow Your Nose To Pleasure

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[This article is written by Benjamin Spencer, AmericanWineWriter, and published by Eligible Magazine. Follow this link to the full article]

There is no human sense more closely tied to seduction than our sense of smell. We can be roused by the way something looks or tastes or feels or sounds, but if that olfactory magic is not there, if what I’m smelling doesn’t somehow scintillate my frontal lobe – where aromas are perceived by the brain – I’m onto the next thing. This is as true about wine as it is a potential mate.

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Moschofilero, Football, and Friends in Nemea

20140615-073632-27392108.jpgI arrived in Greece a few hours ago. In the last few hours, I have traveled from Athens to the Peloponnese, had an incredible lunch, and a walk through a vineyard. Now I’m watching the World Cup, trying two white wines before we kick off the #NemeaWineTour2014 in the morning. Both wines are made from the Moschofilero grape … something I have never tried before.

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