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The ABC of Biodynamics

There are a just handful of really hot topics in the world of wine right now and one of them concerns an approach to growing grapes that’s known as biodynamics. One way to describe it is as a set of farming practices that takes organic agriculture to another level and adds a metaphysical twist. But what does Continue Reading »

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How Many Kinds of Wine Are There, Anyway?

“What kind of wine is this?” is a question heard frequently in the Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge wine corner. Wine is categorized and merchandised so many different ways today that it’s not surprising that consumers are confused by our attempts to simplify it. One way to answer the question is to just look at how shelves in Continue Reading »

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A Refreshing Mother’s Day Sparkler from the Rheingau

This week we’re featuring one of our new favorite wines made by our friend Johannes Leitz in Germany’s Rheingau region. You may already be familiar with Leitz’s delicious Dragonstone Riesling or his perky Eins Zwei Dry, both bright, refreshing, and easy to love. We’ve recently started carrying Leitz’s lovely Rheingau Spätburgunder Weissherbst Sekt Brut. Simply Continue Reading »

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Wine Made the Oldest Way of All

The hip, cozy watering hole known as Backbar occupies a back room of Journeyman restaurant in Somerville’s Union Square. With its usual team of cocktail jockeys off at a trade event a couple of years ago, then GM Meg Grady-Troia filled the void with a few somms-for-a-day. I was pleased to be asked in. My topic: Continue Reading »

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Vieilles Vignes: Do Old Vines Make Better Wine?

Vieilles vignes is a phrase you frequently see on French wine labels. These are somewhat mysterious words since, though it’s obvious they refer to vines of some advanced age (it literally means old vines), it isn’t immediately clear (a) how old ‘old’ is and (b) why we should care. The conventional wisdom has it that Continue Reading »

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When Red Wine Grapes Go White

Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo, Sangiovese. The names of these grapes inspire images of red hues ranging from autumn auburn to vibrant vermilion; tastes of smoke, berries, cherries, and chocolate; textures ranging from tongue gripping to smooth satin. Yet we owe these sensory impressions largely to the skin of these grapes, and the Continue Reading »