Adrift on a wine dark sea

Columnist vows to remove the ‘mystery’ shrouding fine wines!

Justin Manjorin, July 7, 2017

This column marks the beginning of a new series about wine, which County Compass editor Jeff Aydelette has indicated he would like to publish every three weeks or so. It has been awhile since I have written anything and I am looking forward to diving back into the world of wine! Since I first started writing these articles about six years ago, the circulation of the newspaper has grown dramatically. It now reaches more than 20,000 readers each week! This is a terrific opportunity to introduce...
Wine pairings, dinner offer real value at popular New Bern restaurant

Justin Manjorin, August 10, 2016

Editor’s note: The following is not a full review of the entire operation at Persimmons on the Waterfront. Rather, wine columnist Justin Manjorin takes a look at one intriguing monthly feature. NEW BERN -- On the fourth Tuesday of every month -- beginning this past March and continuing until October -- Executive Chef Antonio Campolio of Persimmons on the Waterfront presents a five-course food and wine pairing. The adventure starts at 6 and ends around 9. The cost is $75 per person, a...
Columnist reveals personal recipe for tasty libation!

Justin Manjorin, January 7, 2016

For those of you who went out and bought the Nouveau Beaujolais 2015 – after my pre-Thanksgiving column -- it is the best in about five years with a great aroma and a ton of fruit. The only big box store that had this wine was Harris Teeter and they sold about 600 bottles thru last week. The price for 750 ml was $10.99, which was in line with last year, but was a little higher than I had hoped for in light of the strength of the U.S. dollar. There were still a few cases left last week in cas...
Columnist reveals tasty, affordable picks for the Holidays!

Justin Manjorin, November 20, 2015

As I get older, the holidays seem to come by faster and faster. I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us. I have mentioned my friend Terri in Georgia before and she has already started on her guest list. The menu gets done over several times as she checks what she has put up over the summer and fall. As her husband is an avid hunter, there will always be game on their table in addition to the more usual offerings that most of us serve. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and to some extent Ne...
Columnist reveals a fondness for wines made from the Norton grape

Justin Manjorin, May 4, 2015

For those of you who may have forgotten, an AVA is the acronym for ‘American Viticultural Area,’ defined as a grape-growing designated region in the United State having distinguishable geographic features with defined boundaries. There are still only three AVA’s here in our state: Haw River Valley, Swan Creek and Yadkin Valley. I intend to research new wineries in North Carolina but for now I will concentrate on Virginia. A new AVA must meet the following requirements: Evidence tha...
Columnist spends time in wine bar of huge cruise ship

Justin Manjorin, February 13, 2015

My first column of the year is usually an overview of what I will be writing about during the ensuing year. As my wife and I went on a cruise two weeks ago (which had been in the works for about six months) it seems appropriate to start there. I have not taken many cruises in my life. This is my second, and the third for my wife. Virtually, all of my travel has been by air mostly thru the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Almost all of these trips were for business purposes....

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