Big Splurges $75+, Red; Mostly Napa Cabs, 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 Splurges $75+, Red; Mostly Napa Cabs, 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

Gary's Vivino's, Red; Mostly Napa Cabs

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

Red; Mostly Napa Cabs, Travel

Phil Collins in Puglia?

Su-Su-Sudio...no, that's not how you pronounce it...it's Susumaniello! Sure it's hard to pronounce and it really has nothing to do with Phil Collins or Genesis. But the folks at Ruggero Di Bardo (Puglia, Italy) concocted a magnificent wine from a little known grape (Susumaniello) that's gaining quite a following. And there are lots of reasons… Continue reading Phil Collins in Puglia?

Red; Mostly Napa Cabs, Shops + Shows, Tastings

Nickel & Nickel Redux

In a recent post I did a quick review of Nickel & Nickel's John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. I noted the Napa Cab was "Very well made, complex, silky tannins with syrupy dark fruits on the palate followed by long, dry finish." While the 2007 Sullenger is no longer available, we had the opportunity… Continue reading Nickel & Nickel Redux

Gary's Vivino's, Red; Mostly Napa Cabs

Tiny Bits of Red, Part 2: Port, Priorat, Cab

A few weeks back I shared some of the "short and sweet" reviews of red wines I've posted on the popular app Vivino over the years.  Following are three more quickies from Spain, Portugal, and Oakville, CA. Barros Colheita Tawny Porto 1996 Average Vivino user rating -- 4.2 Gary "wino 55" rating -- 4.5 Average… Continue reading Tiny Bits of Red, Part 2: Port, Priorat, Cab

Gary's Vivino's, Red; Mostly Napa Cabs, Tastings

Tiny Bits of Red, Part 1

Vivino bills itself as "the world's most popular wine community" and with 29 million users (a tad more than our own VinoDuo) the app makes a strong case for its claim. I've been a Vivino customer and contributing reviewer for a few years now. Its most valuable offering is a "facial" recognition feature--shoot a picture… Continue reading Tiny Bits of Red, Part 1

Red; Mostly Napa Cabs

2011 Vietti Barolo Castiglione at Home and Away

Gary is the Italian red wine lover of the Duo. Amarone, Barbara d'Alba, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, and Barolo take up a lot of room in our wine cellar/crawlspace, and with good reason. Gary is also an expert pizza chef and eggplant parm maker, and there's nothing better than drinking lusty Italian wine with home-cooked specialties. Barolo… Continue reading 2011 Vietti Barolo Castiglione at Home and Away