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Ron Smith

January 18, 2017
Barbaresco and Barolo are Denominazone di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wines, which means the government guarantees the wines’ origins. Both of these wines are capable of long aging and amazing complexity. Thinkstock / Special to The Forum
Nebbiolo: the grape behind some of the best wines
January 18, 2017 - 12:15pm
January 11, 2017
Frizzante wines have small bubbles that offer a refreshing tingle while helping mask the wine’s sweetness. They are also considered to be less effervescent than champagne. Special to The Forum
Resuscitate the dead of winter with delightful wine
January 11, 2017 - 7:30am
January 4, 2017
There is absolutely no shortage of good books on the science and art of wine growing and making — more than one could read in a lifetime.
Relax and do some 'wine reading' during the new year
January 4, 2017 - 7:30am
December 28, 2016
Benjamin Franklin wrote that wine is ‘proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.’ Special to The Forum
How wine and religion get along
December 28, 2016 - 12:05pm
December 21, 2016
For chilly winter nights, any strong, fruity wine can be heated and adjusted to personal taste to warm your insides pleasantly. Thinkstock / Special to The Forum
Chase away winter chills with favorite warm concoctions
December 21, 2016 - 7:00am
December 14, 2016
In November, a group of evaluators tasted 90 North Dakota wines 
and selected 14 grape varieties. Special to The Forum
The evolving wine industry in North Dakota
December 14, 2016 - 6:00am
December 7, 2016
While varieties like chardonnay and pinot noir get the glamor of movie star status, riesling vintners quietly work behind the glitz producing outstanding wines whose time has come. It is the gateway wine for the novice drinker who, after tasting it, will never forget it. 
Special to the Forum
Why I love riesling wines
December 7, 2016 - 7:00am
November 30, 2016
Broadly speaking, the higher the alcohol content of the wine, the higher the calorie load will be.
Dieter's remorse: Too much Thanksgiving feasting and drinking
November 30, 2016 - 8:00am
November 23, 2016
This Spanish Sherry and extra dry Vermouth are two great wines that go well with a variety of holiday foods.
Wine selections to pair with variations in holiday feasting
November 23, 2016 - 7:00am
November 16, 2016
We likely love Italian food and wine so much because the two evolved together, and the enjoyment of one complements the taste of the other.
Italian wine and food is an unbeatable combination
November 16, 2016 - 6:00am
November 9, 2016
From left, a cabarnet sauvignon from B.R. Cohn; Terre de la Custodia Montefalco Rosso DOC; a cabernet from the Viansa Signature Series. Ron Smith / Special to The Forum
Wines to mingle with holiday feasting
November 9, 2016 - 5:30am
November 1, 2016
Grey-, white- and black-edition prosecco from the Zonin winery. Ron Smith / Special to The Forum
Bubbly wine, particularly prosecco, goes with everything
November 1, 2016 - 5:00pm
October 26, 2016
Ron Smith
Michael Mondavi's wines impress
October 26, 2016 - 4:48am
October 19, 2016
Sparkling wine ranges from 'gateway' to 'elevated'
October 19, 2016 - 9:00am
October 11, 2016
Ron Smith
Many former NFL pros find 'life among the grapes' after retirement
October 11, 2016 - 8:07pm