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Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr


Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr have been writing about wine from their Maryland homes since 1985.  Tom is retired from the newspaper publishing industry and lives with his wife, Sue, on their waterfront property on Kent Island. Patrick is currently in retail sales for an Annapolis wine store.  He lives in Annapolis with his wife, Brenda. They have three children. Both have traveled extensively to wine growing regions in France, Italy, Greece, Spain and regularly visit wine producers in California, Oregon and other states.
  • Ribera del Duero is a centuries-old winemaking region in Spain, but chances are you heard about it only recently — and may not have heard about it at all. Known in Spain as one of the top wine-growing regions, Ribera del Duero became more popular in the late 20th century as the import market expanded and adventurous Americans became enchanted with that country's culture and cuisine. It wasn't until 1982 when it was granted its DO appellation status. Today, it is a region you need to

  • From a historical perspective, Columbia Crest's fame on the wine market has been relatively new. But in the last couple of decades, this Washington state winery owned by powerhouse Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has been on fire. Its value-oriented wines from the Columbia Valley have accumulated enough awards to fill a warehouse: winery of the year by Wine & Spirits (2011) and Wine Advocate (1990). Its red wines have been ranked in Wine Spectator's Top 100 in 1997, 2009 and 2010.

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