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Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Evaluating a Fine Artisanal Wine, as Compared to a Musical Instrument

What makes one wine unique and distinct from another? I’m frequently asked this question. Aside from the obvious considerations such as different grape varieties and different countries/regions of origin, there is no empirical answer or immutable consensus. When considering wine, I initially call on my natural penchant for data analysis to narrow down the distinctive […]

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Grapevine: Pairing Wine With Food to Create a New Culinary Experience

Pairing wine and food is a favorite activity for me. Finding a complementary match creates a culinary experience that is invariably greater than the sum of its parts. A food dish on its own may be an exhilarating experience, tantalizing our taste buds with a unique combination of flavors – and aromas. It may start […]

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Grapevine: Demystifying Another Wine Myth Permeating the Bacchusphere

In this age of media frenzy, our cravings for real-time news, and our blind faith in the plethora of social media outlets, has created a society of information-hungry individuals where “first to report” supersedes “vetted information” time and time again. To make matters worse, misinformation, whether inadvertent or intentional, can grab a foothold and become […]

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Grapevine: Myth-busting Wine Precepts Analyzed Against Internet Ambiguities

In past columns, I’ve addressed a number of wine-related “truisms” to determine their veracity. Anecdotal history and current colloquialisms, while not valid for empirical conclusions, nevertheless seem to wend their way into mainstream thought and become embedded in the vernacular of our times. Google searches are of minimal assistance in quelling half-truths or urban legends. […]

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Grapevine: The Informed Palate: My Reality or Your Perception?

How often does this happen to you? You’re at a dinner party and the host opens a bottle of wine. Everyone sips it and marvels at the aroma and flavor of such a fine wine. You sit there quietly thinking that Mother Nature must have had a bad hair day when this wine was produced. […]

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Grapevine: The Parallels in the Life Cycle of Your Child and a Glass of Wine

Very few things in life aren’t in a constant state of change. Our lives are in perpetual motion as we traverse through numerous life passages, at times in control of our destiny and at other times seemingly at the mercy of the whim of greater forces. I was ruminating on this recently as I was […]

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Grapevine: When You Should Have a Glass of Chilled Red Wine

Wine, as a living, breathing organism, responds and reacts to its environment. Not only in the vineyard (microclimate, proximity to a body of water, sun exposure) but, just as importantly, in the environment in which it is ultimately consumed. I have found that my experience, my interaction, with wine is significantly impacted by that moment […]

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Grapevine: Yuck, Why Does This Wine Taste and Smell So Bad?

Has this happened to you? You’re at a restaurant and you’ve meticulously pored over the wine list for that spectacular wine to celebrate your special occasion. There it is! You’ve decided to splurge on a wine you otherwise wouldn’t have the courage to order, primarily because it costs more than that entire case of Spanish […]

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Grapevine: On the Occasion of Celebrating Nine Years of ‘The Wine Guy’s’ Column

This week marks the beginning of my 10th year penning this wine column for The Examiner. In the 468 columns published, I’ve touched on many wine-related topics. From issue number one in September 2007, this column and The Examiner have grown from one edition with a circulation of 2,000, to four editions in central and […]

Grapevine: What to Do in the Event of an Unfinished Bottle of Wine

Grapevine: What to Do in the Event of an Unfinished Bottle of Wine

“What can I do with an opened bottle of wine if I don’t finish it?” I was asked this question – again – the other day, so I decided to make it the topic of the week. We all have encountered this dilemma, although some less often than others. The good news is that you […]

Grapevine: Decisions, Decisions: Wine By the Glass or Buy the Bottle?

Grapevine: Decisions, Decisions: Wine By the Glass or Buy the Bottle?

“May I offer you a drink?” “Yes, I’d like a glass of (white, red, sparkling) wine.” This seemingly innocuous interchange with a waiter or bartender can be fraught with indecision, or worse, a hurried choice that yields a mediocre result. In today’s dining environment, we’ve gravitated to watching our wallets as much as our waistlines. […]

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Grapevine: The Science of the Wine Glass Shape (It’s Not Just Aesthetics)

I just emptied the dishwasher this morning and started storing the wine glasses. I began to ponder, once again, the difference in the sizes and shapes of the glasses. Do the characteristics of a wine glass really matter? (After all, wine doesn’t spend enough time in a glass to warrant deep analysis.) The answer is […]

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Grapevine: Understanding Today’s Wine Bottle Through its History and Dynamics

Our family was over for dinner last week and we were enjoying one of my wife’s new chicken recipes and a bottle of Austrian Grüner Veltliner. My granddaughter noticed the wine bottle on the table and asked what was in the bottle. “Grape juice,” I replied. To which she responded: “But it’s not in a […]

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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 […]