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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: 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 ...

The Wine Cellar: Celebrate ‘climats’ of Burgundy with distinctive wines

By Dave Desimone
On July 5, the 1,247 vineyard parcels of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or region, along with the commercial wine center of Beaune and the regional political capital ...

The Wine Cellar: Distinctive French wines can be had affordably

By Dave Desimone
The quantity of French wines exports to the United States remains robust. According to the French Federation of Exporters of Wine and Spirits, America ...

The Wine Cellar: Wines on sale can still be high quality, great value

By Dave Desimone
Have you heard about the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Boards’s “white sale?” No, the Harrisburg bureaucracy has not expanded into household linens in an effort ...

The Wine Cellar: Celebrate your pursuit of happiness with a good wine

By Dave Desimone
Exactly 239 years ago this Saturday, the Declaration of Independence heralded “unalienable” personal rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Each of us ...

The Wine Cellar: Treat yourself to a deal on wines from Bordeaux

By Dave Desimone
Vinexpo 2015, the globe’s largest gathering of wine and spirits professionals, concluded recently in Bordeaux, France. The five-day event witnessed 48,000 visitors from a staggering ...

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