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JLH Wines increases its wine portfolio Labor of love

There are a lot of restaurants, wine shops and independent grocery stores who want to differentiate themselves in their customers’ minds,” he says. “So they look to offer some things that are a little bit different.


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McLaren Vale region is stunning region – visually and for wine

This article is the first of four print features and six blogs based on my recent trip to Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

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Local brewers unite for betterment of the industry

The group is comprised of craft breweries from Columbiana, Lawrence, Mahoning, Mercer and Trumbull counties.

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Biker Brewhouse revs up business at Harley dealership

Patrons of Biketown Harley-Davidson, 5700 Interstate Blvd., are accustomed to putting many of their senses to good use.


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Michael Alberini’s has a comprehensive and creative wine list for Lovers of the vino

I first met Michael Alberini in the fall of 2007. I was just starting my wine career as a sales


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Guarachi wines will share its products with the Valley Something new under the sun

There are a lot of great things happening globally in the wine industry these days.


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A growing trend in Champagne Bubbly Boutique

It’s that time of year again. Most people in our Valley will be venturing to local stores in search of one of the most iconic symbols of celebration: the bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine.


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Wines for your Thanksgiving table A HAPPY HOLIDAY

The holidays are here, and most of us will be gathering with family and friends Thursday for the traditional Thanksgiving feast. The traditional foods we eat offer the chance to select a wide array of wines that should allow us to have something for most wine lovers.


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Symphony to celebrate anniversary with traditional wines

The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 90th year in 2016 and has chosen an interesting theme to celebrate the occasion. The symphony will perform music from several countries that were the original home of our Valley’s immigrants.


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A 4-pack of upcoming seasonal brews

If you’ve been shopping for beer lately, you’ve likely noticed a dramatic change in the kind of beer being displayed and promoted at your favorite local retailer. The summer beers and ales are now replaced with suds that seem more appropriate for football tailgating and Halloween parties.


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Tour of France

Local wine lovers are preparing for another type of tour with the help of Master Sommelier Mattthew Citriglia.


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Learn from a MASTER

He travels the world lecturing, tasting wines, and helping people gain a better understanding of what they are drinking.

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Craft brewers lighten up for refreshing summer beers

Summer is approaching fast and soon our activities move outside to backyards, patios, swimming


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Ladies’ Beer Club of Youngstown taps the taste of Valley women

The group meets monthly to sample craft beers.


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Viva La Vida’s Rose Cava A sparkling success

I first met Tony Bellatto in the fall of 2007. I had just started in my position of fine wine specialist for Ohio Wine and Beverage and Bellatto was managing the Havana House in Niles. He and I didn’t know it at the time, but we were both at the beginning of an incredible journey through the world of wine.


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Event will pair wine and food with art Just for the health of it

Wine has had a place at dinner tables around the world since the beginning of recorded history. Most early cultures regarded wine as a healthy beverage and it was often cited as offering medicinal benefits.


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Villa Banfi wines are a worldwide favorite TUSCAN TRADITION

When wine experts from around the world convene and discuss the list of the world’s greatest wineries, there is rarely uniform agreement.


California winemaker is vintage Youngstown From here to there

Molly Meeker’s journey from the Mahoning Valley to Southern California is not all that unusual, and in some ways is a story replicated in small communities throughout America. Small town kid goes off to California looking for a job in the movies or television.


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From the heart of Champagne country

Most Valley wine lovers start to think about Champagne when the calendar turns to December and we begin to plan our holiday celebrations.


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The Piedmont region’s Damilano Winery: A taste of Italy

The Piedmont region of Italy is nestled in the Northwest corner of the country just below the beautiful city of Torino.