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This is an elite concert and festival weekend in Buffalo, as it's entirely reasonable to hit four major happenings in the span of three days. For those who acted fast for the sold-out Taste of Country, that accounts for Friday night, with a prospective doubleheader of Juneteenth and Thin Man's Summer Solstice a diverse selection on Saturday. Cap the weekend with Death C…

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The growing Hertel district is defined by its diversity. Dive bars sidle alongside craft beer pubs; ethnic restaurants neighbor on both sides. The Little Club fits in neatly between. A wine bar in a beer town, The Little Club makes a concerted effort to abandon pretense. It does so quite successfully. The decor is equal parts modern and urbane - the bar’s metallic curve…

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Wine makes you feel warmer. Now, it doesn't actually make you warmer – contrary to what you might think after downing a few Labatt Blues at a Bills game or when dashing between bars in Allentown after a few margaritas – but it does make you feel that way because alcohol restricts blood vessels. This is also why your face might look flushed while drinking. Regardless,…

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Upscale Italian restaurant Ristorante Lombardo and owner Tommy Lombardo Jr. have narrowed the date for the opening of a new wine bar, The Little Club, at 1197 Hertel Ave., across the street from the restaurant. Announced originally in February for the space that was formerly Cafe GarAngelo, Lombardo's wine bar has taken shape, from vintage green tile to a marble bar and…

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The people behind Buffalo fine dining destination Ristorante Lombardo are opening a wine bar on Hertel Avenue. The site, 1197 Hertel Ave., was formerly Café Garangelo. The building is across the street from Ristorante Lombardo, established by the Lombardo family in 1975 at 1198 Hertel Ave. Third-generation restaurateur Thomas D. Lombardo is developing plans for the s…

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Our visit to five wineries left us believing that every winery is an adventure that transcends the wine itself. Go with a friend or by yourself. Taste the wine, or not. Talk to the winemakers, proprietors and tasting room associates. Talk to other visitors. Buy gifts for yourself of others (wineries typically sell other local treats – jams, cheese, honey, etc.). Study the …

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While food is always a main focus during the holidays, don’t forget the bubbly for New Year’s Eve, which will be upon us soon. With that said, we are no experts on what to drink, so we asked Paula Paradise owner of Paradise Wine on Buffalo’s West Side for some ideas. Here are her suggestions for New Year’s Eve that will add a little something special when ringing in 2016 …