Nate norfolk

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An idiot's guide to drinking wine like a real sommelier

Published May 25, 2020

Almost all of us drink wine, but how many of us really taste it? Nate Norfolk is the wine and spirits director at Ray's, as well as a certified sommelier, and he kindly let me pick his brain about how a wine idiot can become a wine expert.

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Pabst's foray into spirits is here: PBR white whiskey

Published Aug. 27, 2019

A few months after Pabst's hard coffee and hard seltzer hit the shelves, the company's first whiskey since the 1840s is available, as promised earlier in the year. Like you, I want it to be great, but I'm a little skeptical.

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Unplug and celebrate Burns Night

Published Jan. 25, 2016

Each year on Jan. 25, Scotland and Scot-o-philes and poetry fans celebrate Burns Night to mark the birthday of the legendary voice of Caledonia, Robert Burns. Get in the spirit with some single malts from Islay.

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Ray's Wine & Spirits announces leadership changes

Published Aug. 11, 2015

Ray's Wine & Spirits, the popular family owned and operated purveyor of wine, spirits and beer at 8930 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa has announced changes to its leadership team.

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Dear Santa: Wine, please

Published Dec. 16, 2014

This year, while composing a brief holiday wish list, I included a couple wines, thinking I'd enjoy the experience of a rare bottle of barbaresco or barolo much more than, say, an eight-pack of tube socks from Kohl's. But it got me wondering what some local wine experts might be including in their letters to Santa this holiday season. So, I asked. And here's what they said...

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Milwaukee taps into a fresh wine resource

Published Feb. 4, 2011

A consistent, fresh pour is key to demystifying the whole wine experience. In order to get there, some Milwaukee bar owners have recently turned to an innovative method of wine delivery: the wine tap.

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Grape geeks pair up to create wine consulting group

Published Dec. 18, 2008

Every day, it seems that Brew City folks pop more and more corks. And Milwaukee's growing passion for wine owes a lot to some passionate folks who work hard to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the grape and its bounty. Two of those people are Toni Johnson and Nate Norfolk, who have started Professional Wine Consultants.

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Norfolk knows Brew City wine scene

Published Feb. 20, 2008

Most OnMilwaukee.com readers that know the name Nate Norfolk, recognize it from his work as a local musician -- currently in The Candliers. But Norfolk was a long-time employee at Downer Wine & Spirits, where he could always be counted on to uncork good wine advice with a smile.