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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: 2 decades in the making, these fortified wines will brighten the holidays

By Dave Desimone
With holiday gift-giving front and center, gimmicky wine gifts abound. Avoid them like the plague. They might be good for a laugh, but then they’ll ...

The Wine Cellar: Wine, cheese pairings bring pleasure to gatherings

By Dave Desimone
With holiday parties and gatherings fast approaching, the eternal question burns brightly: Which comes first — wine or cheese? Fret not. Either way works perfectly well ...

The Wine Cellar: A tradition of unique grapes add flavor to South West vintages

By Dave Desimone
N ever heard of négrette, fer servadou, duras and gros manseng , let alone prunelart, ondenc and loin de ...

France’s South West provides much for wine lovers to discover

By Dave Desimone
O n the crowded contemporary wine stage, the international spotlight rarely shines on France’s South West. Emerging consumer trends could, however, give the region’s wines ...

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 9:09 p.m.
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 ...

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