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…it looks like I’ll be invading San Francisco in late June for part of Usability Week 2006. Assuming my day job doesn’t cut the training budget, they are sending their content manager (that’s me) out your way for a few days. And, I’ve graciously volunteered to stay an extra couple of days if it saves the company on my flights. I probably won’t know the details of my stay until April, but I hope to "bump into" as many of you as I can. Now I just need to figure out the best way to pack up a bunch of…

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TWell, by my count 34 of you took part in Wine Blogging Wednesday #18 Wine Shops That Feel the Love, hosted by Dr. Vino. This was a great theme idea and I’m glad we had such a great turn out. The good doctor has posted the round-up, so let’s all take a look, feel the love and thank him for hosting this time ’round. I’ve hit a slight snag for March’s edition of the event (the blogger scheduled to host has gone missing it seems) but I think I have a backup plan that will work just fine. Stay tuned…

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I love riesling…particularly those from the Mosel (in Germany) and those from the Finger Lakes. I drink riesling all the time and love its food-friendliness and relatively affordable quality. You can get top-flight riesling for a fraction of the cost of similar quality Bordeaux, California Cab, etc. Over the weekend I tasted The Brotherhood Winery’s 2004 Dry Riesling ($10) and had reasonably high hopes. Why? Well, I remember thinking a previous vintage, tasted at their tasting room in the Hudson Valley, was pretty good for ten bucks. Plus, this wine was made from Finger Lakes fruit… Well I was definitely…

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By Contributing Columnist Richard Olsen-Harbich You know all those urban legend stories — like the one about alligators in the NYC sewers and the blind date that ends with you waking up in a bathtub of ice. Well, we have our own version of an urban legend in the wine industry. It goes something like this… All of the stories are the same and involve a couple returning from a recent trip to Europe. The couple talks about how they drank wine like crazy and never once had a hangover. They reminisce about how they met local winemakers who told…

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Boy what a game! I’m still waiting for Ben to really show up, but the D played a good game and held when it had to, Antwaan Randel El did what the great playmakers do — made a big play, and Hines deserves the MVP award even if he had a couple uncharacteristic drops. Jerome Bettis, you’ve given Pittsburgh ten great seasons. It’s been a pleasure watching you punish defenses and I look forward to seeing you pound your way into the Hall of Fame as well. Now to all things culinary. Since there were just four of us (I…

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As mentioned right here a couple weeks ago, the 2006 Long Island Wine Country Winter Festival is taking place throughout the month of February. And it should come as no surprise that Martha Clara Vineyards, they of the jam-packed event schedule, is taking part in a big way. Cooking classes, chocolate-making demonstrations and oyster shucking dot the calendar. But one event stands out. On Friday, February 17, Martha Clara Vineyards is hosting a dinner and auction to benefit Healing the Children – Northeast for a medical mission to Guayaquil, Ecuador, that will provide healthcare and surgery to the poor children…

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Bedell Cellars, owned by New Line Cinema Co-Chairman and Co-CEO Michael Lynne, reaffirming its commitment to world-class wine with the slight reorganization of its core team, including the naming of Trent Preszler as Chief Operating Officer. Initially recruited in 2002 to spearhead sales as National Brand Manager, Trent has been the Vice President of Operations since 2004. In that role Trent saw the winery through its ambitious renovation, highly-acclaimed vintages and a continually developing relationship with the contemporary art world. As well, John Irving Levenberg, formerly associate winemaker, has been named winemaker to work along with founder Kip Bedell and…

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Today is Wine Blogging Wednesday, the International wine-tasting sensation. This time around the good Doctor (Vino) has asked us to put down our glasses (at least temporarily) and highlight a wine shop that feels the love. I’ve written often about how much I dislike most of my local wine shops. I’m always annoyed at their limited selection, tendency to stock only big-name, mass-produced bottles and, in one case, the environment of the store (always feels hot to me when I walk in). There are a few semi-local shops that I enjoy, including Mora’s Fine Wine and Spirits, Grape Culture and…

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Long Island sparkling wine tends to be a bit pricey, with the best bottles creeping up over the 35-dollar mark (and at least one going higher). At $20, this bubbly made in the traditional method of Champagne by Martha Clara Vineyards offers elegant, refined apple and biscuit aromas and crisp, refreshingly tart apple flavors. New Years Eve is a thing of the past, but this is a sparkler you can, and should, drink year round. (This "Vintage of the Week" appeared in the Long Island Press)

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Thanks to everyone to sent me emails or left comments for the Ultimate Steelers Tailgate menu. Just reading what you all had to say transported me back to my hometown and to Sundays at "church" (what we called Steelers games in my fraternity house in college). But, without further adieu, I give you the Ultimate Steelers Tailgate Menu. Appetizers Snyder of Berlin Potato ChipsPittsburgh-area potato chips Polish Sausage Chips with Sweet Chili Dipping SaucePolish sausage is a must for any Pittsburgh-themed menu. Cook it how you like, slice it into thin ovals (on an angle) to make the chips. Mix…