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In the Spirit: Like Water for Moms

By: HashtagWV / Category: Blog, Brian McClure, In The Spirit, The Greenbrier

With the approach of Mother’s Day in May, I often think about wines my Mom would like and because my mother is pretty much like the typical American mom when it comes to drinking wine, I like to think about wines our moms would collectively like to drink. You see, my mother typically doesn’t like […]

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In the Spirit: Wine Trends for 2018!

By: HashtagWV / Category: Blog, Brian McClure, In The Spirit, wine sommelier tips

With the holidays past us and everyone enjoying our happy new years full of goals and hopes for the coming year, we also tend to look back on the last year and see if we can figure out any trends that will continue or burgeon in the new year. This is true in our personal […]

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IN THE SPIRIT: ITALIAN WINE FOR YOUR AMERICAN HOLIDAY

By: HashtagWV / Category: Blog, Brian McClure, In The Spirit

With the approach of Thanksgiving and the holidays just around the corner, we start to think about what beverages we’d like to see gracing our tables with those festive meals. As I have just returned from a week-long odyssey through Italy earlier this month, it got me thinking about how great Italian wines are in […]

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IN THE SPIRIT: TASTING WINE… WHAT IS GOOD?

By: HashtagWV / Category: Blog, Brian McClure, In The Spirit

With TOOT (Taste of our Town) upon us already, as the year 2017 is vanishing before our eyes, it occurred to me that when we discuss the “taste” of a wine, or any beverage really, there is a different meaning for every individual taster! However, while there may be wildly differing opinions of what “tastes” […]

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In the Spirit: Knowing your ABC’s When it Comes to Chardonnay

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Brian McClure, In The Spirit

The American wine drinker has for some time now had a Love/Hate relationship with Chardonnay. On the one hand, it was our “gateway drug” to what used to be considered “exotic” grape varietals from Europe. In fact, it was our first love affair with a white French grape that made it easier for us to […]

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In the Spirit: Birth of a New Vintage.

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Brian McClure, In The Spirit

With the kind of winter we had, it feels like spring began back in January. Nevertheless, it is that time of year now when trees are starting to bud and flowers are starting to bloom and very soon…perhaps too soon!…summer will be in full swing. In the past, we have written about the spring time […]

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IN THE SPIRIT: SPARKLING WINES TO TOAST IN THE NEW YEAR. BY BRIAN MCCLURE

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Brian McClure, In The Spirit

It’s that time of year again when restaurants and wine stores see an uptick in their sales of sparkling wine and for good reason as well, since it has become the most festive style of wine worldwide. That is, for the last several centuries at least, since the origins of sparkling wine go back to […]

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IN THE SPIRIT – HARVEST SEASON IN THE WINE WORLD. BY BRIAN MCCLUNG

By: LBSPY / Category: Brian McClure, In The Spirit, Uncategorized

Right about now, as we start to experience a little cooler temperatures at night and that touch of crisp air that tells us Autumn is marching steadily toward us, in vineyards all across the northern hemisphere, vineyard hands are working feverishly collecting bunches of grapes off the vines under the dutiful watch and organization of […]

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IN THE SPIRIT: ENJOYING YOUR WINE IN THE SUMMER.

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Brian McClure, In The Spirit, Uncategorized

Far be it from me to contradict Nancy Sinatra, but my “summer wine” is not necessarily made from strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring….although you’d probably have to have more than a few gray hairs on your head to get the reference, I suppose. And this is not to bash Arbor Mist at […]

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IN THE SPIRIT: WINES FOR CAMPING

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Brian McClure, In The Spirit, Uncategorized

In acknowledgement of the theme for this month’s publication, I wanted to say a few words about enjoying great wines while camping during these warm summer months and beyond. Specifically, I am thinking about camping and/or traveling in an RV with the family….possibly on a family vacation to a favorite annual destination, or even traveling […]

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Fall into Fashion & Things to Do w/ your Lewisburg City Paper! - Fall into Fashion as unique as you are at Wolf Creek Gallery in downtown Lewisburg. Since 1994, Deva Wagner (owner of Wolf Creek Gallery) has invested thousands of hours into this creative store to offer the coolest up-and-coming brands that have people stopping her clients in the streets. The store offers a selection of carefully curated […]

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