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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: Try these wines with simply elegant dishes a la Pépin

By Dave Desimone
From humble beginnings at his family’s restaurant near Lyon, France, French chef Jacques Pépin has, during his illustrious 50-year career, cooked for heads of state, ...

The Wine Cellar: Late bottled vintages offer affordable port options

By Dave Desimone
Vintage ports represent the magnificent pinnacle of Portuguese wines. But prohibitive costs of nearly $100 per bottle and the need for cellar aging of 20 ...

The Wine Cellar: Wine can enhance, balance the traditional dishes of Passover, Easter

By Dave Desimone
This weekend, the beginning of Passover and Easter coincide. Wine plays an essential role in the religious services of both traditions, but it also can ...

Winegrowers are at the mercy of spring’s delicate beginnings

By Dave Desimone
With spring unfolding in northwestern Italy’s Piemonte region, slumbering vineyards have awakened across Langhe’s breathtakingly beautiful hills. The Langhe subzone around the towns of Asti ...

The Wine Cellar: Family-owned producers provide affordable tastes of the world

By Dave Desimone
It may be in vogue to bash the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for its myriad shortcomings, but remember this: The gods, in their wisdom, have ...

The Wine Cellar: Outstanding Burgundies don’t have to be outside your price range

By Dave Desimone
The professional life of a Burgundy winegrower can be harrowing and uplifting in just one vintage. The 2012 experience illustrates perfectly. “April, May and ...

The Wine Cellar: When looking for value, don’t overlook Côtes-du-Rhône

By Dave Desimone
This week in France, professional wine buyers and journalists from the world over converge for Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône. This massive trade show ...

The Wine Cellar: Vibrant whites give a taste of spring yet to come

By Dave Desimone
“I am reminded of spring by the quality of the air … though the ground, for the most part, is covered with snow. It ...

The Wine Cellar: Southwest France wineries pursue quality over quantity

By Dave Desimone
Value and variety offer touchstones every savvy wine — and spirits — fan should take to heart. Looking to wineries and brandy producers from southwest ...

The Wine Cellar: Don’t overlook these wines for a meal with your sweetie

By Dave Desimone
If you’re dining out on Valentine’s Day, revel in the excitement and bustle of the crowds. If you and your sweetie celebrate by dining ...

The Wine Cellar: Wines of Sicily enjoying well-deserved renaissance

By Dave Desimone
As Old Man Winter tightens his snowy, icy grip, daydreaming about warmer winemaking climes makes perfect sense. Consider Sicily. Ideal grape-growing conditions provide the foundation ...

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