Big Reds, 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?

Big Reds, 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

Big Reds, Gary's Vivino's

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

Big Reds, Gary's Vivino's, 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

Big Reds, Tastings

Masterpiece Theatre Meets La Dolce Vita at WGBH Wine Event

FROM THE VINODUO ARCHIVE – 2014 This article was originally posted in March 2014 then lost to a Go Daddy cluster *%%#. We just found a few articles in cyberspace and re-post them here. The impressive studios of WGBH were the ideal backdrop for a mid-winter sampling of Italian wine and local cheeses. The stunning… Continue reading Masterpiece Theatre Meets La Dolce Vita at WGBH Wine Event

Big Reds, Shops + Shows, Tastings, Travel

The Urban Wineries of Dogpatch

FROM THE VINODUO ARCHIVE - 2014 This article was originally posted in March 2014 then lost to a Go Daddy cluster *%%#. We just found a few articles in cyberspace and re-post them here. Dogpatch was the place Li’l Abner and his hillbilly comic strip pals lazed their life away. For VinoDuo, Dogpatch is now… Continue reading The Urban Wineries of Dogpatch