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Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Eat Your Vegetables and Drink Your Glass of Wine

This week’s wine focus is on health. You are all aware of the study done in France in the early ’90s that compared French and American diets and health. Even though both diets were high in fatty foods, the French were healthier and living longer. Since then, in study after study, it has been shown […]

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Grapevine: My Personal Guidelines for Drinking Responsibly and in Moderation

Summer is the season when we tend to party more, eat more and enjoy others’ company more than at any other time of year, with the likely exception of the year-end holidays. It is also the time of year when some of us consume more alcohol. In the interest of protecting you from the many […]

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Grapevine: Is There a Hangover Lurking in Your Physiology – or in Your Genes?

In social settings or at meals in which wine is consumed, do you begin to feel a bit woozy after two glasses and must switch to water at the risk of becoming inebriated? Do you envy others who “consume mass quantities” of alcohol with no or minor side effects? Is it fair that the next […]

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Grapevine: Why the Wines Abroad Taste Fresher Than Those Back Home

If you’ve traveled to Western Europe and enjoyed a particular wine along the way, you may have had an experience similar to one I’ve had several times. In our travels to Italy and France, my wife and I seek to immerse ourselves in local culture, lifestyle and cuisine. It seems whichever village you stop in […]

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Grapevine: The Science of Winemaking, From the Laboratory to Your Home

I’ve been penning this column weekly for over eight years. I’ve written about the miracle of the transformation of grapes into wine, with all its attendant nuances and pitfalls. I’ve espoused the uniqueness of each wine based on its heritage and the vineyard environment in which it is cultivated. I’ve pontificated on the skill and […]

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Grapevine: The Wines Along the Final Stages of the Tour de France

In my last two columns, readers have been immersed in my virtual tour of this year’s Tour de France. I’ve focused on the history of the Tour (103 years), the contestants (198 riders from 22 countries) and the route (21 stages over three weeks, covering 2,200 miles). The 12 million spectators along the course, and […]

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Grapevine: The Tour de France and Wine Quaffing Are in Full Swing

In last week’s column, I presented a premise for celebrating this year’s Tour de France. Being a wine-themed column, and France being a wine-centric nation, it seemed logical to tie the two together. What better matchup than a highly competitive, professional sport and a fun, relaxing spectator sport? First the professional sport. The race began […]

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Following the Wines Produced Along the Tour de France

The 2016 Tour de France is in full swing. The first two of the 21 stages began last weekend at Mont-Saint-Michel in northwest France (near Normandy) and will conclude at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on July 24. Although I am not an avid biker (my engagement is leisurely weekend bike riding on county […]

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Grapevine: Several Remedies for Getting Over the Summer Doldrums

Some of us celebrate hard, some hardly celebrate. Some of us wake up in the morning in an alcohol-induced fog; some of us wake up in our normal mental fog. As a public service, I’ve researched hangover remedies around the globe. I’ve found the familiar and the bizarre: some simple, others elaborate; some chemical, others […]

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Grapevine: A Bounty of Historic Wine and Farm Produce in Our Backyard

The history and culture of the Hudson Valley is one of the most storied in our nation’s 240-year history of independence. Through the late 19th century, it was a center of agriculture and industry, as well as a magnet for artists and naturists. Then the industrial age and mass communications relegated it to increasing obscurity […]

Grapevine: The Consequences of Technology in Society and the Wine Industry

Grapevine: The Consequences of Technology in Society and the Wine Industry

It’s becoming palpable. Not a day goes by that I don’t witness the marvels of evolving technologies and their influence on business, productivity and society. Nary a day goes by that I wonder about the future influence of technologies. But until recently, I hadn’t taken a step back from the ever-changing landscape of technology’s impact […]

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Grapevine: The Conflicted World of Collecting High-end and Rare Objects

We live in a society that knows no bounds in taste for revered objects. And there are those who have an insatiable craving to own the precious objects that reflect a refined palate, or a self-indulgent, self-aggrandizement. In many cases, the desire to own highly regarded objects goes unrequited for lack of financial wherewithal. For […]

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Grapevine: Living Vicariously through the Cellar of a Wealthy Collector

We read with envy the numerous accounts of rare, high-end wines sold in the marketplace. Collectors enter into bidding frenzies to acquire wines from highly rated wineries and highly rated vintages. However, for most of us 99 percenters, after we read of these wines changing hands amongst a few rich collectors, we never hear of […]

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Grapevine: The 21st Century Sensibility of Reading Wine Labels

Here in the 21st century, we’ve come to expect (demand?) our information in real time, instantaneously available on our hand-held devices. We can reach out to the vast Internet for whatever inspires us at the moment or we can join networks, websites and social media services that notify us when our real-time information becomes stale. […]

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Grapevine:An Attempt to Explain Those Confusing French Wine Labels

For many consumers, deciphering a wine label can be a daunting experience. Our natural tendency is to draw our own subjective, and superficial, conclusions concerning the quality and taste of a wine on a wine shop shelf, rather than more empirical research and inquiry. The end result, for some of us males is similar to […]

Grapevine: Be Wary of the Information on a Wine Label

Grapevine: Be Wary of the Information on a Wine Label

What is the first description you seek out on a wine label? Is it on the front label? The rear? And which term have you trained yourself to capture, the one that transmits data from your eye to your cerebrum as an attractor or a detractor, to tempt you to proceed further in selecting the […]

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Grapevine: It’s Difficult Enough to Be a Successful Winemaker Without Civil Unrest

The life and livelihood of a winemaker has been much heralded in the media and in popular culture. The glamour of producing a personal product is enticing. The specter of financial failure is daunting. To make matters worse are the external influences that can have significant impacts on a winemaker’s ultimate ability to succeed. It’s […]

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Grapevine: Napa Valley From Vineyard Reality to Virtual Reality

There are a record number of wineries in the United States today – 9,000 plus. Over 40% are in California, accounting for 90% of all domestic wine production. Yet, fewer than 2% of all wineries in the United States – less than 200 – account for 84% of all wine production. This was the introduction […]

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Grapevine: The Next Chapter of the Icons of Napa Valley

Last week I focused on the viticultural history of California winemaking, from the early days of the immigrant settlers to the modern day gentleman (and lady) one percent investors. In Napa Valley, the legacy of fine winemaking runs deep. Many of the early European settlers who set their roots in California settled here. The proximity […]

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Grapevine: Determining if a Wine has the Qualities to be Ageable

A few columns back, I expounded on the ageability of wines. In the vineyard of a competent winemaker, there are a number of factors that influence the ability of a wine to age gracefully and ultimately become a pleasurable wine that is highly evolved from its vineyard beginnings. From the grape varietal chosen to be […]

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Grapevine: Determining the Age-Worthiness of Wines: Nature or Nuture?

“I purchased a wine that I thoroughly enjoyed and would like to save a few bottles for consumption over time. Will my wine age well?” I am frequently asked this question. Invariably, my response is “It depends.” As a living, breathing organism, every wine undergoes changes as it ages. Yet each ages differently, depending on […]

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Grapevine: Super Bowl 50 Culinary Matchups of the Rival Teams

We’re in the middle of that period of football wasteland. No home team to root for in the postseason and no built-in reason to quaff our favorite wine or beer as we veg out in our favorite reclining chair. Super Bowl 50 is as anticipated for its off-the-field festivities as it is for its on-field […]

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Grapevine: A Bottle of Wine is Filled with Longstanding Traditions

Wine is rich in tradition. It is rich in the ethereal tradition that embodies the efforts of millennia of winemakers who have produced wine following the time-honored precepts of their forbearers. It is rich in the dynamic tradition of millions who have enjoyed it as a symbol of celebration. Raising a glass with others in […]

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Grapevine: Your Wine Preferences: Do You Know What You Know?

What are you drinking these days? I’ve written about numerous wines, from innumerable regions, crafted from multitudinous grape varieties. I’ve focused on tried-and-true wines, and fringe wines hoping to attain a mainstream recognition. My mantra has always been to experiment. A regular practice of sampling new wines will invariably lead to consumers finding their “new […]

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Grapevine: The Rising Influence of the Millennial Generation

Much has been written about the Millennial Generation (born between 1982 and 2000), their unique buying patterns, social values and affinity for all things digital. These attributes have influenced entire segments of the economy, social patterns and political ideologies. This uniqueness extends to preferences for wine (for those of legal drinking age). As their numbers […]

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Grapevine: Wine Appreciation Goes Beyond Our Sensory Perceptions

Our perception, and the reality, of wine are influenced by many factors. Wine is not a monolithic sensory adventure. Each sip creates results in a confluence of taste and smell on our tongues, in our mouth and in our nose. This experience may differ with each sip of a glass of wine, and each bottle […]

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Grapevine: Science Studies the Influence of Our Senses of Taste and Smell

In recent columns, I’ve focused on the marvels of the human senses and their influence on our perception of wine. It seems science has undertaken numerous studies to codify and standardize how we interface with wine. Of our five senses, recent scientific efforts have been focusing primarily on our sense of taste and smell. These […]

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Grapevine: Enjoying a Holiday Celebration in the City With Cocktails

We’re officially in the holiday season. With Thanksgiving under our belt (hopefully with no additional notches), the Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s celebratory gatherings are in full swing. Holiday festivities are typically focused on traditional gatherings in the homes of family and friends, sharing the religious spirit of our individual faiths. Many of us also […]

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Grapevine: Celebrating the Upcoming Holidays at My Favorite Wine Bars

Celebrating the Upcoming Holidays at My Favorite Wine Bars The holiday season is upon us. Celebrations with family, friends and business associates are beginning to ramp up. What better way to relax with friends or family than at the modern-day American version of the English pub, the wine bar. In northern Westchester, we have two […]

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Grapevine: A Sampler of Fine Wines Across the Italian Landscape

As I recently reported, I attended a wine tasting event in New York City. A consortium of the top winemakers across Italy presented their world-famous wines. The group, Grande Marche, is an amalgam of 19 family-owned wineries perennially considered the most prestigious in the land. Winemakers poured one representative wine from their locale, while extolling […]