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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: Importer’s efforts bring French artisan wines to U.S.

By Dave Desimone
Many American importers of French wines offer quality portfolios with good value. Louis Dressner Selections, Hand Picked Selections, Kysela Père et Fils, Martine’sWines, Neal ...

The Wine Cellar: Balance Memorial Day celebrations with fitting wines

By Dave Desimone
Today, we call it Memorial Day. Some still recall it as Decoration Day. Either way, Americans now agree the last Monday in May marks ...

The Wine Cellar: For last of cool weather, try Loire Valley whites

By Dave Desimone
In the far, eastern reaches of France’s Loire River Valley, two appellations, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, produce the globe’s most intriguing sauvignon blanc white wines. Their ...

The Wine Cellar: Wines made by women offer Mother’s Day inspiration

By Dave Desimone
Conventional wisdom says take Mom to brunch and give her flowers on Mother’s Day. But, why not also treat Mom to a bottle of ...

The Wine Cellar: Marathon runners, watchers can enjoy wine pre-race

By Dave Desimone 9:00 p.m.
Down in Louisville, the first weekend in May means just one thing — the Kentucky Derby horse race. But here in the ’Burgh, this weekend ...

The Wine Cellar: Return of al fresco dining means it’s time for rosés

By Dave Desimone
Let’s see. Forsythia, daffodils and magnolias blooming fragrantly in full color: check. Sunny afternoons followed by mild nights with lingering daylight: check again. Last, ...

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 ...

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