In autumn, wine shops typically hold a “grand tasting” showcasing wines promoted by their various distributors. In advance of the holidays, wine-lovers flock to these events for free tastings and a few cubes of cheese. VinoDuo is always up for a free gala tasting, particularly if it’s held at a shop we’ve never been to.… Continue reading New $25 and Under Finds at Gala Tasting
So friends, Halloween is gone and Thanksgiving and the winter holidays loom. When you're asked to bring a bottle of wine to these gatherings, your first thought might be to grab an old reliable like Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay or the red blend 19 Crimes. How about considering an alternative to these tried-and-true offerings? With so much… Continue reading Holiday Wine Gifts: Beyond the Usual Suspects
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
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
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.
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
Red sauce. Red wine. Red hearts. We sampled 3 (under $20) Wine Spectator top 100 wines with red sauce Italian on Valentine's Day. Top score goes to Cline Ancient Vines Zin 2016 (91 pts/40 on Top 100). Always reliable, always smooth and spicy and the one we'd buy again time after time. It's $11 !!… Continue reading Red for Valentine’s Day
https://youtu.be/ZDJ9ux2qHQw Back to Puglia and two of our favorite wineries. Not only do these winemakers produce gorgeous wine, they also export some of their best bottles to the U.S. TENUTE EMERA (from Claudio Quarta) We were treated to the three wines Tenute Eméra exports to the U.S.-- a Negroamaro rosé, the Anima di Negroamaro Lizzano,… Continue reading Wine Tasting in Puglia/Part 2
Celebrating a Patriots win and my birthday with a Tenute Rubino Susumaniello. Yes, we put our money where our mouth is.
Italy is the world's largest producer of wine, generating 4.796 million tons annually. As with every giant producer, some of Italy's wine is meh, but most of it is good. We drink lots of good Italian wine. Until recently, we mostly returned to the same superstar grapes like Barbera, Nebbiolo, and Sangiovese. But lately we've… Continue reading Wine Tasting in Puglia/Part I