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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

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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

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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.

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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 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

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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

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Phil Collins in Puglia?, that's not how you pronounce'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?

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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