Big Reds, Big Splurges $75+, Buys under $75

Top Red Wines of 2020

Yes, 2020 sucked. And yes, we can't wait to say good riddance. But before we toss 2020 in the dumpster, pour a gallon of hand sanitizer on it and set it on fire, let's at least reflect on the good things about the year. Like, the best red wines we tasted, from Napa to Washington,… Continue reading Top Red Wines of 2020

Big Reds, Tastings

Volpaia’s 2015 Chianti Classico Lives Up to Star Ratings

Tomorrow night we may be popping Champagne corks or drowning ourselves in Tequila, depending on the success of the Biden/Harris ticket. But last night, it was Chianti all around, paired with Rao pasta and Gary's homemade Bolognese sauce. He's been tinkering with this classic meat sauce ever since we returned from Puglia, where a Tuna… Continue reading Volpaia’s 2015 Chianti Classico Lives Up to Star Ratings

Big Reds, Puglia

Aglianico You Need to Know

Aglianico. Huh? Yeah it's a grape from Southern Italy used  in making serious red wines. Serious, like Napa Cabenet serious? Yep. If you don't believe me, read on. Per Wikipedia, "Aglianico is a black grape grown in the southern regions of Italy. It is considered with Sangiovese and Nebbiolo to be one of the three… Continue reading Aglianico You Need to Know

Big Reds, Rosé Rosato etc., Tastings

VinoDuo’s Favorite Wines of 2019

In our line of work/play, you taste a lot of wine. Some you sip and instantly spit. Some you sip, swirl, and then spit. Then there are those you savor, drink fully, and remember. These are the wines we've compiled into our favorite wines of the year list. Most are reasonably priced. Some are cheap.… Continue reading VinoDuo’s Favorite Wines of 2019

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$5,000 Chardonnay? Skinner Wine Auction Preview and How the Other Half Lives

Vino Duo recently attended a Skinner pre-auction tasting of some of the wine industry’s most storied quaffs. These are big-money wines that are treasured by collectors, including Montrachet’s rare Grand Cru, a Rothschild 1982 Bordeaux, vintage Barolos, and few Chateau Neufs thrown in for good measure. Pricing was irrelevant as we had no intent of… Continue reading $5,000 Chardonnay? Skinner Wine Auction Preview and How the Other Half Lives

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Recovered From the Archives: Blind Tasting 2015

2015: Crossed-Up Blind Tasting — Napa Cabernets I'm an old Jethro Tull fan. One of my favorites from Aqualung is “Cross-Eyed Mary” whose opening line is “Who would be a poor man, a beggar man, a thief --if he had a rich man in his hand? And who would steal the candy from a laughing… Continue reading Recovered From the Archives: Blind Tasting 2015

Big Reds, Big Splurges $75+, Tastings

Best Napa Cabs for Splurge Day and Every Day

Carolina Wine & Spirits hosted a terrific "Best Napa Cab" tasting event at Osteria Posto in Waltham MA a few weeks back. The selection of 100+ sampled wines came from the best-known, upper-tier vineyards from Napa, Alexander, and Knights Valleys.  Gary is the big Cab lover of the duo so we’re posting reviews of his… Continue reading Best Napa Cabs for Splurge Day and Every Day

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

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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