Virgil on March 9, 2013

I have been extremely busy lately, including learning pottery techinique, putting in an offer on a small farm, and trying to get our house ready to sell. So, the blog posts have suffered. Hopefully, that will improve soon. This blogs gets an incredible number of page views and I thank all of you who read […]

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Virgil on November 12, 2012

We have a great wine shop here in North Augusta, South Carolina. It has been around for many years and the owners really know wine. Not like the mega liquor stores with their discount prices. Now, don’t get me wrong, I shop at the mega liquor store near us for hard liquor, which is cheaper […]

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Virgil on October 24, 2012

Frog Hollow Tavern Five Maudies – Highly Recommended I just got back from 18-months in Afghanistan and Iraq and, when I come home from places like that where the only food is normally lousy mess hall swill, one of the first orders of business is good food. So, for my birthday, Lynn, daughter Caitie and […]

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Virgil on January 23, 2012

I am on the Le Bernardin email list and just got what I think may be the first email from them. It was a promotion for their “Celebrating Valentine’s Day 2012” tasting menu. Naturally, the 14th is sold out, but there are, at least now, seats available on Feb 11th. I would be there in a […]

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The results of Augusta Magazine’s Best Of results for “Wine Menu” leave a lot to be desired. For one, it is called a “Wine List,” not a “Wine Menu.” One would think that Augusta Magazine would get this right. There are three things that make up a good wine list and quantity of wines available […]

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Virgil on November 17, 2010

This was a six course meal with wine pairings for each course. In reality, we had seven dishes and six wines. All of the wines were from California boutique wineries. Upon arrival, we were directed to the bar (normally used as a bar offering excellent tapas dishes) for Hors d’oeuvres and the first wine, a […]

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La Maison on Telfair is, bar none, the best restaurant in Augusta, GA. There is simply no argument on this. I plan to comment more on this in my “what is wrong with the American palate” series, but if you will be in Augusta on Sunday, November 14th, you need to make a reservation for […]

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Just discovered another wonderful and inexpensive wine, Chapoutier Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon-Villages 2008. At my local beverage store, it is $12.49. What a deal! This is a wonderful wine. #75 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009 Color : deep red garnet Nose : black cherries. critical acclaim: “A muscular red, with concentrated flavors of dark […]

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Virgil on May 12, 2010

I love wine, particularly red wine, but don’t have much of a budget. I’m always on the lookout for good deals. A lot of what goes into the price of wine is marketing. I’ve had horrible expensive wines and incredibly excellent cheap wine. Here is one recent find: La Vieille Ferme Red 2008 AOC Côtes […]

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