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.

Rosé Rosato etc., 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

Big Reds, Buys under $25, Tastings

Red for Valentine’s Day

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

Big Reds, Puglia, Tastings, Travel

Wine Tasting in Puglia/Part 2

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

Big Reds, Tastings, Travel

Wine Tasting in Puglia/Part I

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

Summer Love, Tastings

An Italian and Two French Rosés Walk Into a Bar…

Actually, three rosés walked into our home, courtesy of visiting friends and our local wine shop. VinoDuo had Lisa's current fave on hand-- a 100% Sangiovese rosato from Tuscany while our friends generously brought two bottles from Provence. And just like that, we had the makings of a fun summer tasting. Provence is, of course,… Continue reading An Italian and Two French Rosés Walk Into a Bar…