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

Big Reds, Plonk Plonk Fizz Fizz, Tastings

Plonk Plonk Fizz Fizz Part 2 – The Reds

Our journey into red plonk territory wasn't nearly as successful as the whites were. Of the four wines we tasted, just one was worth buying-- the Brigaldara Valpolicella Classico 2014. But even there, the vote was a split decision. Gary liked it enough to buy again, Lisa would drink it again if placed directly in… Continue reading Plonk Plonk Fizz Fizz Part 2 – The Reds

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Wente’s Not-Quite-Napa Cab a Great Value

The Livermore Valley wine region of Northern California could be deemed the Anti-Napa, with its less than pristine wineries, few luxury B+B's and minimal foodie culture. What the Valley does have, however, is a low-key vibe, family-owned wineries and one big-name draw--Wente Vineyards. Founded in 1883 and now run by 4th and 5th generation family… Continue reading Wente’s Not-Quite-Napa Cab a Great Value

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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