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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: Talented French winemakers assemble tasty blends

By Dave Desimone
Assemblage, the art of blending wines made from individual grape varieties into harmoniously balanced finished wines, plays a central role in several prominent French wine ...

The Wine Cellar: Easy-drinking wines pair well with holiday feasts

By Dave Desimone
Avoid hassles in picking wines for Thanksgiving by following a few simple tips. Shop early, and stock a wide selection of wines to complement every ...

The Wine Cellar: Artisinal foods of Alsace pair well with region’s wines

By Dave Desimone
Mention Alsace in France and invariably you’ll hear: “One eats and drinks very well in Alsace.” It’s true. Tucked away near France’s northeastern border, the ...

The Wine Cellar: Loire River Valley producers look to reclaim wine heritage

By Dave Desimone
Don’t feel bad if Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie and Montlouis-sur-Loire do not readily come to mind as food-friendly French wine values. Dubious winegrowing practices rampant ...

The Wine Cellar: Apple season brings fermented, distilled treats

By Dave Desimone
October’s bounty of freshly picked local apples readily suggests plenty of fun. You can bob for Honeycrisp apples with the kids at a Halloween ...

The Wine Cellar: Court battles over, Anjou winegrower gets back to business

By Dave Desimone
Loire Valley winegrower Olivier Cousin cultivates only 30 acres of vines, miniscule by commercial standards. Yet, over the past 20 years, his provocative civil disobedience ...

The Wine Cellar: Domaine’s quest for wines with ‘identity’ will continue

By Dave Desimone
This past June, Christophe Delorme, the passionate, highly accomplished winegrower from France’s southern Rhône, abruptly passed away at age 52. To the end, his focus ...

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 ...

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