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What's really causing that red wine headache

That great glass of cabernet sauvignon can sometimes come with a price — a headache. Setting aside those who suffer routinely from migraines or someone who tied one too many on the night before, even people not normally prone to headaches can sometimes feel the effect after a simple glass or two...

  • Enjoy wine and art at annual Sykesville festival [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

    Come down to main street in Sykesville on Sunday, May 1, from 12 to 5 p.m., for the sixth Annual Fine Art and Wine Festival. This year's events will feature live art demos, plenty of food vendors, live music and samples from regional wineries. There is no charge for this event, however, there will...

  • Wine, etc.: Big Basin Vineyards making world-class wines

    Wine, etc.: Big Basin Vineyards making world-class wines

    Carved out of a sea of second growth redwoods dating from the 1800s, Big Basin Vineyards is an anomaly in the Santa Cruz mountains south of San Francisco. The Santa Cruz Mountains are most commonly known for growing cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel and chardonnay. Since planting their vineyards in...

  • Taste a sunny spring day in Italy's white wines

    Taste a sunny spring day in Italy's white wines

    In France and in the U.S. one usually takes the measure of a white wine by talking about its intensity, concentration, length. The longer the wine, the more focused the flavors, the greater the magnitude, the profundity — the greater the greatness. But Italian white wines rarely follow these rules....

  • Wine, etc.: Greek vinsantos are a wonderful tradition

    Wine, etc.: Greek vinsantos are a wonderful tradition

    The wine world is rife with tradition. Take champagne, for instance. Napoleon made a point to pass through Champagne for a glass of bubbly before each military campaign. Then, the Romans dropped a crust of bread in champagne to mask unpleasant flavors, which spawned the modern tradition of "toasting"...

  • Wine blends: Why you should drink them, and 10 affordable bottles

    Wine blends: Why you should drink them, and 10 affordable bottles

    People love purity. They trust it; they think of it as "better" or even "the best." Proclaiming something to be 100 percent this or that is a tactic used by brands to convey quality. We are conditioned to assume as much because we have been taught from a young age to be suspicious of fillers and...

  • Wine, etc.: Flinty? Plum? Decoding wine words

    Wine, etc.: Flinty? Plum? Decoding wine words

    An exasperated French winemaker recently recently said, "Give me three words to describe a wine. Just three. Anything more is (nonsense)." He makes a good point. In the decades that we've been writing this column, we have probably exhausted all of the terms commonly used to describe a wine. We're...

  • Contract winemaking helps Maryland vintners break into the business

    Contract winemaking helps Maryland vintners break into the business

    Joan Cartier and Robert Thompson spent several years selling the grapes grown on their Frederick County farm to Old Westminster Winery. But when they saw the award-winning wines Old Westminster was producing with their grapes, the husband-and-wife team decided to give winemaking a shot. The couple,...

  • Wine, etc.: Want a 100? Develop your own wine rating system

    Wine, etc.: Want a 100? Develop your own wine rating system

    Many years ago we were asked by wine festival promoters to participate in a judging of Maryland and Virginia wines. The group of tasters — winemakers, retailers and consumers — were assembled in a room that would be our bomb shelter for a grueling half-day event. Tasting wine was never so unenjoyable....

  • Baltimore wine, seafood festivals set to return to Canton in 2016

    Baltimore wine, seafood festivals set to return to Canton in 2016

    Two food-and-drink festivals are set to return to Canton Waterfront Park this year. Now in its second year, the Baltimore Wine Fest will take place June 18, while the third Baltimore Seafood Festival will be Sept. 17. Produced by B Scene Events & Promotions, both events are from noon to 7 p.m,...

  • Wine, etc.: Modern sherry is a sophisticated alternative

    Wine, etc.: Modern sherry is a sophisticated alternative

    Sherry, a fortified wine traditionally made in the Jerez region of Spain, is most often profiled for the gray-haired market and the British gentry of days gone by. But for the brave, it's a sophisticated alternative quaff. Early Spanish explorers to America carried and drank sherry on their sailing...

  • Wine, etc.: Go carefully into wine clubs

    Wine, etc.: Go carefully into wine clubs

    The experience is pretty familiar. A couple visits an obscure Napa Valley winery and, giddily caught up in the fun, decides they just have to have more of a particular wine they are enjoying. Worried they cannot find it when they return home, they buy a bottle to stuff in their suitcase. If the...

  • Harford liquor board members urge HCC to take advantage of plans for beer-and-wine license for arena

    Harford liquor board members urge HCC to take advantage of plans for beer-and-wine license for arena

    The Harford Countys Liquor Control Board chairman urged the president of Harford Community College to take full advantage of a specialized beer-and-wine license the college is hoping to get approved by the state. The county's state senators just introduced Senate Bill 916 to create a Class CC license,...

  • HCC seeks to have beer, wine available at more campus events

    HCC seeks to have beer, wine available at more campus events

    Harford Community College officials want to make beer and wine available at more events on campus, such as concerts and trade shows, that are hosted by outside organizations at the college's arena. The county's three state senators have introduced SB-916 to create a Class CC, for community college,...

  • Silo.5% Wine Bar closes at Silo Point

    Silo.5% Wine Bar closes at Silo Point

    Silo.5% Wine Bar has closed its doors in Locust Point after a five-year run.  "We're very sorry to announce our closing," a note on the restaurant's website reads. "Silo.5% has closed it’s doors for good. We are very sorry to all of our loyal residents and regulars." The chic wine bar at 1200 Steuart...

  • Raise a glass to Paris at its lively wine bars

    Raise a glass to Paris at its lively wine bars

    After a week in the Beaujolais countryside drinking only cru Beaujolais, Paris and its free-spirited and eclectic wine bars beckoned. I had been collecting addresses from winemakers I had visited and was eager to check out the new crop of bars à vin and look in on a couple of old favorites. Wine...

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