Thanks Dad!

I got to spend some quality time with my 86 year-old father this past weekend. Unfortunately, it was at the funeral of his 78 year-old little brother. My siblings and I took Dad to Duluth and helped him up and down the stairs of the church. Along with my father, other...

Cooperative Success!!!

 In my French wine travels, I have visited many family owned operations as well as quite a few cooperative wineries. The French wine industry includes 619 cooperatives with 85,000 grower members that employ almost 18,000 people. Cooperative wine production represents...

Austerity? How About Affordable Luxury?!

The wine world is full of surprises. Good wines can transform and elevate a meal. Wine can bring folks together or help us unwind and relax. I love that every day I can learn things about regions, styles, varietals and people too. When Austerity wines were presented...

Happy Memorial Weekend!

As we all are getting ready to have a (hopefully) fun and delicious holiday weekend let’s take time to remember all those who paid the ultimate price so we can enjoy our way of life. Charlie Tsegoletos’ parents are of Greek and Italian origin, so it was inevitable he...

Great Pours for Pizza

Now that it is officially grilling season, my Webers are working almost daily. I’ve been doing the usual steaks, chicken, pork and burgers of various meats, but I want to start making pizzas on the grill. I know many of you have already mastered the art of pizza...

Wines for a Fabulous Fishing Opener

Recently I was informed by my two teenage daughters that they are now pescatarians. I must admit their news might have been more troublesome but I’ll have to adjust and deal with it. As it turns out, the timing could not have been better since I’ll be fishing the next...
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