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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: To satisfy a crowd at Thanksgiving, offer different wines

By Dave Desimone
Traditional Thanksgiving dinner provides one of the year’s most enjoyable but daunting meals. Contrasting aromas and flavors in traditional dishes combine with a diversity of ...

The Wine Cellar: Spain’s Rioja region wines pair well with Thanksgiving meals

By Dave Desimone
In today’s bustling world, purchasing wine for immediate consumption has become the norm. Most consumers have neither the patience nor the cellar to age wines. ...

The Wine Cellar: Not far away, New York’s Johnson Estate Winery offers great wines

By Dave Desimone
When wine drinkers daydream of fall harvest, colorful leaves and fermenting grape aromas naturally spring to mind. The reveries might transport us to Northern California, ...

The Wine Cellar: Values in Bordeaux wines worth seeking out

By Dave Desimone
For sheer variety, quality and value on a grand scale, France’s vast Bordeaux wine-growing region leads the way. Thousands of producers offer terrific selections across ...

The Wine Cellar: Chairman’s Selections highlight Italian wine values

By Dave Desimone
With vested parties embroiled in relentless polemics over privatizing retail wine and spirits sales, one point remains consistently clear amid the annoying din. The PLCB ...

The Wine Cellar: Washington state syrahs have distinct personalities

By Dave Desimone
In France’s northern Rhône Valley, the red-skinned syrah grape has long made a spiritual home on rocky, terraced vineyards overlooking the river that gives the ...

The Wine Cellar: German river valley creates right climate for reisling

By Dave Desimone
October’s bright, but shortening, days and nippy evenings transform vineyard landscapes across Europe and North America into brilliant displays of color. Grape leaves from Burgundy ...

‘Lesser’ wines from master growers are a good value

By Dave Desimone
With September drawn to a close, so, too, the harvest in Burgundy has run its course. As the saying goes, “September makes the vintage.” Winegrowers ...

The Wine Cellar: Ham and cheese — and wine— best less processed

By Dave Desimone
Ham and cheese. This humble combination recalls countless uninspired sandwiches, standard in lunch bags across America. Flavorless ham with unremarkable texture and pale, pink ...

Wines of Languedoc-Roussillon provide quality for price

By Dave Desimone
In France, the best compliment a wine can receive is bon rapport qualité / prix — good quality for the price. As often ...

Liguria, Italy’s ‘Riviera,’ exports outstanding wines

By Dave Desimone
Among Italy’s mind-boggling array, iconic wines such as chianti, Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello di Montalcino reign supreme in American consumer awareness. Terrific wines from ...

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