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About thewineraconteur

A non-technical wine writer, who enjoys the moment with the wine, as much as the wine. Twitter.com/WineRaconteur Instagram/thewineraconteur Facebook/ The Wine Raconteur

Those Model T’s Are Fast

There are some days when plans are changed the last minute, and I was going to be alone for the day, and then my Bride was free.  I took advantage of the information and decided that we were going to … Continue reading

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Sometimes, We Get Touted

Periodically, we get touted to try a restaurant, and a most of the time it happens to be a chain and I just don’t get that excited.  I guess it was all the years of being an independent retailer, so … Continue reading

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Podere Ciona Riserva and a Super Tuscan

Lorenzo Gatteschi, a family member and winemaker at Podere Ciona was at my local wine store, The Fine Wine Source conducting a wine tasting.  The owner of the shop and Lorenzo have become fast friends over the years and when … Continue reading

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Podere Ciona Chianti Classico and Semifonte

Lorenzo Gatteschi of Podere Ciona was hosting a tasting of his wines at The Fine Wine Source in Livonia, Michigan.  The estate is located in the original and oldest part of Tuscany’s Chianti wine-growing region and the area is still … Continue reading

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Lorenzo Gatteschi and a Wine Tasting

By now, if you have read any of my articles, you realize that I am a creature of habit and I tend to visit my local wine shop The Fine Wine Source in Livonia, Michigan.  I am an old war-horse … Continue reading

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Another Gathering of Shamrocks

I was attending a reunion of the Shamrocks, the name of my Bride’s high school’s nickname.  They were trying to get a group together, and since my Bride is not on social media, I had to request a membership to … Continue reading

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Ladder 4 Wine Bar

We went to a wine bar in a rehabbed firehouse called Ladder 4 Wine Bar. When I was a kid, even before kindergarten, I can remember my mother taking me to see my dad at work.  He worked for Police … Continue reading

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“Mixtape” and “Green”

We were coming down to the wire for the last two wines to taste at The Royce and curated by the winemaker and owner Mike Laing of both Mawby Sparkling and bigLITTLE Wines.  During the entire time, he was also … Continue reading

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“Blanc Brut” and “Underdog”

Mike Laing of Mawby Sparkling and bigLITTLE Wines was holding court and he had everyone in the loft section enraptured with his discussions of winemaking, and even discussing contract purchases of grapes, and how the Vineyard Manager is going to … Continue reading

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“Open Road” and “Grace”

There I was walking up the steps at The Royce going up to the mezzanine to have a tasting with Mike Laing of Mawby Sparkling and bigLITTLE Wines.  After they made sure that we were registered and paid, we were … Continue reading

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