College Beverage

(919)832-3778 3006 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27607-5435
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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true wine geek when I was informed of a trade show in Tampa my first thought was "I'm making reservations at Bern's." I have friends who live in Tampa about 3 min from the restaurant so we hooked up for a fun three top. Rachel came recommended as a Somm so I requested her in advance.... Read More

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  • As if ten of thousands of rabid Texans flashing their “Hook 'em Horns” hands and burning the nation's collective retinas with their ever-effervescent burnt orange t-shirts and jerseys, the University of Texas has decided to up the ante at their home games and offer wine and beer to drink.The decision is a natural fit for a college campus among t... Read More

    From the article Hook 'Em Horns! Wine, Beer to Assault Austin at Longhorn Home Games


  • Lots of articles come out this time of year suggesting wine pairings for large, rustic holiday meals and dinner parties with many conflicting ingredients. Indeed, there are perfect food and wine matches to be discovered. However, I use holidays like these to pair the wines with the guests – especially wine novice guests. The holidays are a chanc... Read More

    From the article 5 Novice Wines for Your Holiday Table


  • My previous challenges were for geographical locales and entire cuisines of difficulty. This time it's for difficult food items. What wines, if any, match these? Matches to specific recipes are welcome! 1)  Green, white or any other color2)  California's official veggie3)  Belgium's??4) Mold as a good thing5) Moctezuma's favorite food (and aphro... Read More

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  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top by Andrew ChalkWe have reported that the Roussanne grape does well in Texas’s climate and soil and pondered whether it is the next breakthrough Texas grape. The answer will come when Texas Roussanne wines match the quality of Roussanne wines from California. In order to f... Read More

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  • Get this:  If you fly to Walla Walla on Alaska Airlines, you get fee waivers to tasting rooms and Alaska lets you check a case of wine.That's really smart marketing for an up and coming area, if you ask me. Probably helps Alaska to fill out those seats, too.  Other than wine lovers, can't be a ton of folks going to Walla Walla.So, DVogler, will ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Smart Marketing by the folks...


  • California "Old Vine" wines, Zinfandel, especially, have been getting a lot of attention in the last few years.  I, certainly, have been paying more attention to them, lately, mostly as a result of the postings of Outthere on some of the historic vineyards in his neck of the woods.  He interested me enough to join the Historic Vineyard Society, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic So, Have You Heard of This?


  • I'm making a lasagne bolognese for a dinner party (the whole deal from scratch, including pasta) and I want to get an interesting Italian red to pair with it. I'd love to get a Barolo but the cost is a bit prohibitive...I'm like to keep it at about 15 a bottle or less.Also maybe a light Italian white to have with appetizers. Unfortunately I live... Read More

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  • For some time now, I have noticed a pattern with men who disparage rose as being a "girly" wine. Some of the most accomplished and masculine sommeliers I know would rather drink rose than pretty much anything else. Any thoughts on the male problem with drinking rose? Read More

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