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Dave DeSimone is a member of the American Wine Society. He can be heard daily on KQV Radio with the Wine Cellar reports. His Wine Cellar column appears Wednesdays in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Dave DeSimone can be reached via e-mail

The Wine Cellar: French, Italian wines complement summery taste of fresh, ripe tomatoes

By Dave Desimone
As July makes its final stride into August, locally grown tomatoes in all their glory move to center stage. These juicy, flavorful gems make for …

It’s worth it to bring your own wines to savor on beach vacation

By Dave Desimone
For summer recreation in Western Pennsylvania, bike trails, fishing streams, swimming holes and softball fields see plenty of activity. But summer family vacations frequently bring …

Simple grill menus require flavorful wine choices

By Dave Desimone
Mid July brings prime season for grilling fish, pork, beef and vegetables alike. The grilling ritual tempts the senses with smoky, spicy aromas while locking in …

For a change of pace, try a wine that will knock your socks off

By Dave Desimone
Bastille Day celebrations on July 14 recall the French Revolution’s symbolic beginning while exalting all things French. Since wine plays a central role, no understanding …

For Independence Day, party like it’s 1776 with wines, spirits

By Dave Desimone
This Friday, remember to celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. No celebration and good, old-fashioned meal would be complete without the responsible enjoyment …

Pair whites with frugal, flavorful beans ’n’ greens

By Dave Desimone
Every Mediterranean cuisine features a variation on greens and beans — and for good reasons. By simply combining inexpensive, fresh ingredients with a crusty bread …

Cheer on World Cup competitors with eclectic drink choices

By Dave Desimone
World Cup mania has descended as the planet’s best football teams vie for the sport’s ultimate championship in Brazil. OK, so we call it soccer in the United States. Whatever the name, there’s something special about a sport where the …

Raise a (quality) glass to a spirited Father’s Day celebration

By Dave Desimone
Want to make Dad happy this Father’s Day? Spend time with him while enjoying a tasty cocktail. Great cocktails begin with a bottle of fine …

Sauvignon blanc’s big flavor is great balance to grilled fish steaks

By Dave Desimone
Balmy June breezes and lingering daylight create the perfect opportunity to grill firm, meaty fish for pleasing evening meals. Drinking sauvignon blanc white wines enhances …

Malbec is an easy choice for a variety of situations

By Dave Desimone
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, increasingly wine-thirsty American consumers sought out easy-drinking reds with names equally easy to pronounce. Merlot first surged ahead, …

Loire Valley reds and whites won’t leave diners blue

By Dave Desimone
Breaking out the grill on Memorial Day to mark the start of summer cooking season naturally turns thoughts to pairing wines with favorite grilled foods. …

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