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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: Winemakers say healthy soil produces tasty vintages

By Dave Desimone
Just outside the picture-postcard village of Turckheim in Alsace, France, winegrower Olivier Humbrecht tramps through the rows of his hillside Clos Jebsal vineyard. His observant ...

The Wine Cellar: German winemakers aim for elegant, food-friendly wines

By Dave Desimone
On a drizzly September night in the German wine village of  Oppenheim, hilltop cathedral bells gently toll each quarter-hour above narrow cobblestone streets descending toward ...

The Wine Celler: Harvest fests, including wines, are tradition around the world

By Dave Desimone
Harvest marks a nerve-racking, yet exciting and exuberant, occasion in winegrowing regions. Growers generally fret over the possibilities of rain and the quality of the ...

The Wine Cellar: Garnacha Day celebrates a taste of Spanish wines

By Dave Desimone
Winegrowers have long prized garnacha — or grenache as it known in France — as the keystone grape for flavorful, food-friendly red blends. But in ...

The Wine Cellar: Enjoy tales by Balzac with wines from his home area

By Dave Desimone
Famed French author Honoré de Balzac typically wrote in obsessive marathon sessions throughout night and day. Yet, he always found time to indulge his gargantuan ...

The Wine Cellar: Wines for Labor Day feasts show rewards of hard work

By Dave Desimone
When choosing wines for your Labor Day weekend cookout, consider the natural beauties of vineyard landscapes where grape harvests proceed daily. The following wines evoke ...

The Wine Cellar: Hotter, dryer summers create challenges for winegrowers

By Dave Desimone
As politicians and polemicists bloviate about the effects of human activities on global warming, vineyards in Burgundy and California’s Dry Creek Valley offer testimony on ...

The Wine Cellar: Aperitifs add enjoyment to the cocktail hour

By Dave Desimone
Nothing beats the thirst-quenching fun of enjoying chilled aperitif cocktails on a hot August evening. A fresh glass before dinner enlivens the conversation and sets ...

Try dry rosé wines for late summer al fresco dining

By Dave Desimone
As August slides inexorably toward September, make time to enjoy two summertime essentials — al fresco dining and dry rosé wines. On a bright, ...

The Wine Cellar: ‘ABC’ approach to wine selection yields gems on August eves

By Dave Desimone
Refreshingly fruity and crisp white wines provide the perfect antidote to parched palates on hot August evenings. Always have several well-chilled bottles at the ready ...

The Wine Cellar: True, red zins an all-American choice for grilling season

By Dave Desimone
In the middle of summer grilling season, remember the distinctly American “go to” choice — true, red zinfandels. The variety’s captivating aromas and intriguing juiciness ...

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