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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

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 Liguria, …

Don’t let the marketers determine which grapes survive

By Dave Desimone
With northern hemisphere grape harvests beginning in earnest, cabernet sauvignon and merlot lead the way as the most widely planted wine grapes. The less-well-known airén, a Spanish grape grown to make brandy, comes in third. Tempranillo, another primarily Spanish red …

Wines for Labor Day dishes recall summer, look ahead to fall

By Dave Desimone
L abor Day has evolved into a convenient way to mark summer’s unofficial end. Use Labor Day as an opportunity to savor summer wines with …

Wine Cellar: Late-August foods require a certain type of wine

By Dave Desimone
With vacations winding down and the kiddos reluctantly starting back to school, the overnight temperatures have turned a bit nippy to remind us of autumn’s …

Spanish wines are a great partner for sausage dishes

By Dave Desimone
D ating to the Roman era, every fall, Iberian Peninsula farmers have made spicy, air-cured pork sausages, today known as chorizo. The family traditions revolve …

The Wine Cellar: It can be rewarding to compare Old World and New World wine blends

By Dave Desimone
In the early 1980s, as California wine producers struggled for global recognition, they hit upon an ingenious approach to compete with established European wines. California …

The Wine Cellar: French, Italian wines complement summery taste of fresh, ripe tomatoes

By Dave Desimone
As July makes its final stride into August, locally grown tomatoes in all their glory move to center stage. These juicy, flavorful gems make for …

It’s worth it to bring your own wines to savor on beach vacation

By Dave Desimone
For summer recreation in Western Pennsylvania, bike trails, fishing streams, swimming holes and softball fields see plenty of activity. But summer family vacations frequently bring …

Simple grill menus require flavorful wine choices

By Dave Desimone
Mid July brings prime season for grilling fish, pork, beef and vegetables alike. The grilling ritual tempts the senses with smoky, spicy aromas while locking in …

For a change of pace, try a wine that will knock your socks off

By Dave Desimone
Bastille Day celebrations on July 14 recall the French Revolution’s symbolic beginning while exalting all things French. Since wine plays a central role, no understanding …

For Independence Day, party like it’s 1776 with wines, spirits

By Dave Desimone
This Friday, remember to celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. No celebration and good, old-fashioned meal would be complete without the responsible enjoyment …

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