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The grape, known for its spicy, smoky wines with dark fruit flavors, is grown not only in Argentina and France, it's also grown in smaller amounts in other countries, including the United States.

"But beyond all the young wines that I evaluate and the ancient ones that I love, there is a third category of wine: middle-aged," writes Dan Berger. "I rarely pay enough attention to this third kind of wine. Yet those wines that are not really young or old can be a delight."

Like so many other products, the price of wine has been rising and is expected to go up even higher this year as a result on the ongoing supply chain crisis, inflation and other factors. So far, the increase has been small, especially when compared to other things, like beef or gasoline. Bec…

"But beyond all the young wines that I evaluate and the ancient ones that I love, there is a third category of wine: middle-aged," writes Dan Berger. "I rarely pay enough attention to this third kind of wine. Yet those wines that are not really young or old can be a delight."

"I used to like Zinfandel," Dan Berger writes. "He was an engaging, humorous fellow who often regaled us with silly jokes, had razor retorts for hecklers who disliked his brand of humor, and usually was the life of the party. Then arrogance set in..."

Everyone knows what a noodle is, right? And everyone knows what pasta is, right? And they are really the same thing, right? Nope, and it’s time to have that noodle and pasta talk that your parents should have given you years ago.