Big Reds, Buys under $75, Rosé Rosato etc., Shops + Shows, Tastings

The Sound of Wine and Music/Part 3

We wrap up our review of the Carolina Wines Grand Tasting at Symphony Hall with three excellent wines from St. Helena in Napa Valley. ROMBAUER VINEYARDS, St. Helena, Napa Valley CA 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon $65/bottle Let’s start with “wow!” The balance between tannins, fruit and finish is truly a masterpiece. It’s got a full-body mouthfeel… Continue reading The Sound of Wine and Music/Part 3

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

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, 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

Shops + Shows, Tastings

Head to Hell’s Kitchen for Adella Wine Bar

On the Saturday of the March for Our Lives march in NYC, I had every intention of attending the rally or, at the very least, cheering from the sidelines. Instead--like Meg Ryan in "You've Got Mail," who got a manicure and forgot to vote for Ruth Messinger--I landed at Adella Restaurant & Wine Bar and… Continue reading Head to Hell’s Kitchen for Adella Wine Bar

Lisa's Whites, Shops + Shows, Tastings

Eastern Europe Lands in Boston

Note: Following is a favorite post from 2014. Eastern European blood runs through both members of VinoDuo’s veins, though it’s more Jewish shtetl than rolling vineyards. So when Lisa saw that a handful of winemakers from the old country were exhibiting at the Boston Wine Expo 2014, she made a beeline for their tables and… Continue reading Eastern Europe Lands in Boston