DeVine Inspiration

A journey into the world of wine

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Beaujolais – it’s not just for turkey

Please, no more turkey. This November, the Flower family somehow managed to cook three full turkeys on three different occasions. At first I was excited, but now any desire to eat turkey again has been satisfied for a very long time. There are only so many ways to eat leftovers, and what I’m thankful for this year…

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2013 Manfred Breit
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2013 Piesporter Goldtropfchen – Droplets of Gold

I was having chef’s block again. I could not for the life of me find something to cook. I had a strong desire to make something vegetarian. One of those easy concoctions of sauteed vegetables that I am so accustomed to after those long years of vegetarianism. But, the only way to get my father…

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Pancetta Pizza
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2010 Balitore – an Italian Gem

Last week I said something mean about Italian wine, and although I did not mean to offend, I realize I need to fix this wrong. Italy is the home to where I discovered my love for wine, and I still dream of one day returning to explore the vineyards I once trekked through, but with a different purpose….

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2012 Chateau de Castelneau: the overlooked white Bordeaux

After a series of exhaustively busy days, it can be hard to fit in a real meal after work. The notion of making the long trip to the grocery store and having to search for the necessary ingredients in still unfamiliar aisles is daunting as heavy lids from bright computer screens weigh down your spirit….

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Finding Passion in Unlikely Places and a Bottle of Pasanau Ceps Nous 2010 – You can’t win them all

You know that phrase “life happens”? Well I don’t think I’ve ever understood it as much as I do now. We run through life and many things come our way that we don’t expect. We see our lives moving in a certain trajectory, and then one day you’re bouncing in the other direction at a…

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Nyhavn
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Move aside Paris, I’m in love with Copenhagen now

I finally took my first much deserved vacation from my stressful job of sitting at home all day waiting for the kids to get back from school. So I took advantage of just how small this country is and went East to Copenhagen! The Francophile in me has been seriously challenged because I am so in love with…

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A Night of Tapas and a Bottle of 2011 Mas Oller Pur, Empordà

I’ve been in Denmark for a month now, and I must say, my blog would be much different if I had chosen to be an Au Pair in a wine producing country. Wine is just as expensive here as it is in the US, and it is much more common to enjoy a frothy pint of beer in…

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Sparkling Wine – Cava, Prosecco, and Champagne

It’s been a whirlwind of a couple of weeks. I spent Christmas in Scotland, took a 10 hour train from Glasgow to Brighton (and didn’t actually make it there), spent New Year’s with an oceanfront view, and moved to Denmark. It’s been filled with family and friends, and of course, wine. But after celebrating New…

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Wine prices in Europe vs the US – why is it so much cheaper?

I’ve been in Scotland for just over a week now and have spent most of it drinking wines I’ve had before, but for a price that’s 3x less than in the US. £10 Barolos, Sancerres, and Chateauneuf-du-Papes have been just a few of the wines I’ve enjoyed, and with these prices, they’re even better than before….

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2012 Trapiche Sauvignon Blanc – Mendoza, Argentina

The first thing I noticed about my flight on Icelandiair was that everyone was inexplicably happy. I was one of the first on the flight and being in the second row from the entrance to the cabin, I was allowed to see everyone boarding the flight. I was overwhelmed by the number of blonde hair…

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