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Melancholy Merlot… Maybe

I don’t know exactly why Merlot has fallen out of favor in recent years, but I have a few theories.  The most obvious one is the “Sideways effect” where Merlot was maligned as a wine that no “serious” wine drinker would consume.  It would have helped if the casual drinker had known that the fancy [...]

Spring Cuisine and Wine

I live in a wonderful place that produces amazing, well, produce. Starting in April, I can go down the street to a farmstand to pick up whatever is in season. Right now that is asparagus – we are just past fiddlehead season. The Fiddleheads were hard to get this year – the flooding of the [...]

Breathing is Important

So I opened a bottle of Domaine Jean Fournier Marsannay ’05 Burgundy.  I was pairing it with my go to meal for Pinot, grilled tuna.  Intially, it was tight and dry, not unexpected.  2005 was a great vintage for Burgundy – it made many of the entry level wines, well, more drinkable  for the “american” [...]

Older Chardonnays Still Rock

Now, we all know that some white wines are made to age – especially French whites.  And of course Chardonnay is one of the best white wines to age, especially when it has seen oak treatment.  But when you’re talking about the American market, most consumers are wary of older vintages, and when given a [...]

Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Rocks!

So today, Don, one of my wine salesmen, brought by several Dry Creek Vineyard wines.  The ’09 Chenin Blanc, Fume Blanc and the ’07 Cabernet.  The whites were just what I was looking for as we head into spring, and the price made my choice even easier.  I was struck by the thought that many [...]

Meeker Handprint Merlot ’04, Sonoma and dinner with friends

I will be having our friends Tom and Hillarie (who are opera singers extraordinaire) over for a simple yet always tasty meal of roast chicken (free-range, humane certified Murray’s) with roast vegetables and potatoes.  Such a perfect one pan meal.  I use a Joy of Cooking recipe that adds some garlic and rosemary under the [...]

Who You’re Reading

Hi, my name is Melissa and I own The Wine Rack in Greenfield, MA, a full liquor store with an emphasis on fine and fun wine.  I have owned the store for over 5 years, and recently purchased a second store, Jay K’s Liquor and Wine, in Turners Falls, MA.  I am an avid wine [...]