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Posted 5/30/2017 09:57 PM

Don’t judge a wine by its label

Perhaps you’ve been told to avoid wines with birds or reptiles on the labels. Or with embossed labels, or strange or nasty names? I used to obey that rule. Not anymore. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 08:23 PM

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Spotlight tours Jordan

Elliott Sirota and his daughter, Carey Meyer, took the Spotlight along on a father-daughter trip to Petra, Jordan. A historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan, Petra is famous for its rock architecture and water system. More...

Posted 3/29/2017 08:32 PM

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Posted 3/15/2017 02:58 AM

Peak wine hails from above the valley

Wine lovers know California’s Napa Valley as the place where some of the world’s best wines are made. More...

Posted 2/15/2017 03:21 AM

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Posted 1/26/2017 02:04 AM

Bonita Brew Fest on tap for early February

The first Bonita Brew Fest in February 2015 drew about 400 beer lovers. In 2016, it was sold out – all 1,200 tickets – and as many as 300 people had to be turned away. More...

Posted 1/11/2017 03:29 AM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar  Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour halfpriced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. More...

Posted 12/14/2016 04:03 PM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour half-priced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. More...

Posted 11/30/2016 05:01 AM

Cork or screw cap?

I often hear people debate which type of wine bottle closure is best. The closure is a stopper, the object used to seal a bottle and prevent contact between the wine and oxygen, which can damage it.  More...

Posted 11/16/2016 02:39 AM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar  Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour halfpriced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. More...

Posted 9/28/2016 03:18 PM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour half priced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. More...

Posted 8/31/2016 02:08 AM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour halfpriced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. More...

Posted 7/27/2016 02:52 PM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour halfpriced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. More...

Posted 6/29/2016 03:33 AM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar  Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour halfpriced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. More...

Posted 6/1/2016 03:07 PM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour half-priced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. More...

Posted 4/13/2016 01:53 AM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour half-priced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. More...

Posted 3/16/2016 12:28 AM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour halfpriced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. More...

Posted 2/24/2016 04:36 PM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour half-priced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. More...

Posted 1/27/2016 03:03 AM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour half-priced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. More...

Posted 1/4/2016 04:02 PM

Restaurant Guide

Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar  Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour half-priced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. More...

Posted 12/16/2015 04:17 AM

Vineyard Spotlight: Don’t overlook Greek reds

I recently dined at the Capital Grille in the Mercato with a lovely woman from Greece. We didn’t talk about Plato, Socrates or the credit crisis. We talked about the wonderful – and sometimes underappreciated – wines of Greece. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 05:23 PM

Cool it with pinot grigio

Southwest Florida summers offer the perfect occasions for chilled white wine.  When temperatures climb into the 90s, or brush up against 100 degrees, my wine of choice is pinot grigio.  More...

Posted 6/29/2017 12:19 AM

Pity the vegan

My wife and kids went vegan on me. As a wine lover, this hits especially hard. Sure, I love fruits, dark leafy greens, whole grains, beans and peas. More...

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Posted 2/15/2017 03:21 AM

Alexander’s rates high with local diners and Open Table

Business Beat   For the past two years, Alexander’s Restaurant in Naples has been named one of the top 100 al fresco dining spots in the country by the online restaurant reservation service Open Table.   More...

Posted 1/26/2017 02:04 AM

Australia: From penal colony to wine capital

When the first Europeans arrived in Australia in 1788 to establish a penal colony, no one would have guessed that 2½ centuries later, they’d be making some of the best wines in the world.  More...

Posted 1/11/2017 03:29 AM

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Posted 12/28/2016 06:17 PM

Tracing a Champagne to Marie Antoinette

Occasions for savoring the tiny, tasty bubbles of a great Champagne also provide moments to recall the wine’s fascinating history.  Take Maison Piper-Heidsieck, one of my favorite Champagne houses.  More...

Posted 12/14/2016 04:03 PM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar  Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour halfpriced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. More...

Posted 11/16/2016 02:39 AM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar  Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour halfpriced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. More...

Posted 10/26/2016 03:14 PM

VINEYARD SPOTLIGHT

Versatility is the magic of Japanese sake

My annual trip to Japan to visit family and friends this year gave me a chance to ride the bullet trains crisscrossing the country to tour some of its finest sake breweries.  From Tokyo, I plotted a course to take in historic sights, eat Japanes More...

Posted 9/28/2016 03:18 PM

Malbec, the black wine of Cahors, is a survivor

Most malbec is produced in Argentina these days, but the wine’s history is firmly rooted in southwestern France’s appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) Cahors district. It is a story of survival against all odds.   More...

Posted 8/31/2016 02:08 AM

Woolly compost machines work the vineyards

Last month I had the pleasure of traveling to Shannon Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Lake County, Calif. Lake County is just north of Napa County, the center of California wine production. More...

Posted 7/27/2016 02:52 PM

What wine goes with patriotism?

When shopping for wine, I normally don’t give a thought about the image on the label. I turn the bottle around to read the description and details about the wine itself.  More...

Posted 6/29/2016 03:33 AM

Selections from the winery in the Judgment of Paris

Readers my age or older will remember when French wines ruled America. Good wine pretty much meant French wine. More...

Posted 6/1/2016 03:07 PM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour half-priced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. More...

Posted 4/27/2016 01:14 AM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour halfpriced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. More...

Posted 3/30/2016 03:45 PM

Best wines are the ones you like

As a wine consultant, I am often asked to name the best wine. The most common answer is, “The one you like best.” But, in my house it is different, my favorite wine is: “The one my wife likes.”  More...

Posted 2/24/2016 04:36 PM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour halfpriced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 03:07 AM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar  Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour half-priced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. More...

Posted 1/13/2016 02:12 AM

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Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour half-priced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. More...

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