Culture & Education
Wine Journal
Hard Cider: A New Frontier

So, there I was one fine day after announcing I would be reviewing Virginia wines. In my mailbox was a request to review hard cider. Really? Fruit wines, sort of? I can't add those to the database as wines. I demurred, but Diane Flynt, owner of Foggy Ridge in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, kept talking. What was more important was that what she was saying made automatic sense to a wine person. She sounded just like a wine geek. Only...

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South African Winemaker's Teenage Anthems

"If music be the food of love, play on," observed Bill Shakespeare. Obviously, this was before Celine Dion, so I can forgive him (just). Personally, I find a more intimate relationship between music and wine rather than food, existent since time immemorial. I suppose you could say I am living proof of a lineage of wine critics with a burning passion for music....

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Album of the Month: David Bowie - Blackstar

Neal Martin's January 2016 review of David Bowie's last album....

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Album of the Month: Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony

Neal Martin's February 2016 review of Sunflower Bean's latest album....

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Album of the Month: Underworld - Barbara, Barbara, We Face a Shining Future

Neal Martin's March 2016 review of Underworld's latest album....

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Album of the Month: M83 - Junk

Neal Martin's April 2016 review of M83's latest album....

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Cider: It's just Apple Wine (and you'll get a pear, if you're good)

Last year's piece on Hard Cider was prompted in large part by my hearing cider makers (starting with Diane Flynt, the first with whom I had contact) talk like winemakers, about the right terroir, the right apples matched to it and so on. This time, we have added an actual winemaker acting as cider maker - Roman Roth of Wölffer Estate on Long Island's South Fork - plus Foggy Ridge and Eve's Cidery returning, and two other newbies appearing: Shacksbury...

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Album of the Month: Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Neal Martin's May 2016 review of Radiohead's latest album....

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Turmeric: The Most Important Spice and Medicinal Herb?

If forced to choose only one spice/herb to use for the rest of my life, it would be turmeric, whose major compound and biological agent is the antioxidant and polyphenol curcumin....

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100 Point Health: Milk Thistle for Liver Health

Milk thistle’s active ingredient is the flavonoid silymarin, which is a complex of compounds known as flavonolignans. This compound purportedly optimizes liver function and helps with liver detoxification and cleansing....

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