Big Reds, Buys under $75, Lisa's Rosé, Shops + Shows, Tastings

The Sound of Wine and Music/Part 3

We wrap up our review of the Carolina Wines Grand Tasting at Symphony Hall with three excellent wines from St. Helena in Napa Valley. ROMBAUER VINEYARDS, St. Helena, Napa Valley CA 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon $65/bottle Let’s start with “wow!” The balance between tannins, fruit and finish is truly a masterpiece. It’s got a full-body mouthfeel… Continue reading The Sound of Wine and Music/Part 3

Big Reds, Big Splurges $75+, Shops + Shows, Tastings

The Sound of Wine and Music/Part 2

Continuing with our walk through of the Grand Tasting from Carolina Wines, here are three "must buys" and one "I'd buy it if it were cheaper" wines. TENUTE SANT'ANTONIO/SCAIA [Veneto] 2016 Scaia Corvina $15/bottle A pleasant surprise with floral cherries and red berries on the nose and light zesty cherry notes on the palate. At… Continue reading The Sound of Wine and Music/Part 2

Big Reds, Big Splurges $75+, Shops + Shows, Tastings

The Sound of Wine and Music/Part 1

A grand tasting ought to be held at an opulent venue and Carolina Wines held nothing back when they put on the Ritz at Boston Symphony Hall on September 10th. With the Hall’s majestic organ pipes as a backdrop, 67 purveyors brought out their best wines and spirits for a truly grand tasting for the… Continue reading The Sound of Wine and Music/Part 1

Big Reds, Gary's Vivino's

Clos to Perfect? Clos Bartolomé Vernet Priorat 2015

 We first discovered Priorat wines during a quick stop in Barcelona some years back. The Priorat region lies in northeastern Spain, just south of Barcelona in the Catalonia province of Tarragona. The signature Priorat red is made with Grenache and Carignon, typically blended with Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and/or Merlot. These Bordeaux-style wines are big, bold… Continue reading Clos to Perfect? Clos Bartolomé Vernet Priorat 2015

Lisa's Rosé, Puglia

You Say Rosé, I say Rosato & Txakolina

I take a lot of crap from friends who equate rosé with the pale pink juice from Provence that floods wine shops in June. Those summer confections (I'm talking to you, Whispering Angel) are light, fun and forgettable. I, of course, have a far more sophisticated palate. Which takes me across the Pyrenees to Basque… Continue reading You Say Rosé, I say Rosato & Txakolina

Big Reds

Trinchero CPW Rocks!

Trinchero Central Park West Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking beautifully with subtle vanilla/leather notes layered over black fruit flavors with long finish.Terrific with NY Strip steak at Cafe' Mangal. Paid $35 for this bottle and now drinking like $75 bottle.

Lisa's Rosé, Summer Love

The Rosé of the Summer: First Crush Winery

I've run out of clichés for my favorite Rosé of the year: Summer in a glass. Party in a bottle.  Deck wine of deck wines. That's how over the moon I am about "Innocence," the 2018 Rosé from First Crush Winery on Cape Cod. Yes, Cape Cod.  The grapes don't emerge from sand dunes...they come… Continue reading The Rosé of the Summer: First Crush Winery