Lisa's Rosé, Summer Love

The Rosé of the Summer: First Crush Winery

I've run out of clichés for my favorite Rosé of the year: Summer in a glass. Party in a bottle.  Deck wine of deck wines. That's how over the moon I am about "Innocence," the 2018 Rosé from First Crush Winery on Cape Cod. Yes, Cape Cod.  The grapes don't emerge from sand dunes...they come… Continue reading The Rosé of the Summer: First Crush Winery

Lisa's Rosé, Summer Love, Tastings

An Italian and Two French Rosés Walk Into a Bar…

Actually, three rosés walked into our home, courtesy of visiting friends and our local wine shop. VinoDuo had Lisa's current fave on hand-- a 100% Sangiovese rosato from Tuscany while our friends generously brought two bottles from Provence. And just like that, we had the makings of a fun summer tasting. Provence is, of course,… Continue reading An Italian and Two French Rosés Walk Into a Bar…

Lisa's Rosé, Summer Love, Tastings

Yes I Can

First they got rid of the corks. Then they put it in a box. And now, there's wine in a can. Una Lou is a hipper than thou offering from Scribe Winery, a decade-old winery from the Sonoma Valley.  Easy to tote to the beach, swig on the deck...you know, like beer. I was skeptical,… Continue reading Yes I Can

Lisa's Whites, Summer Love

Perfect End Of Summer Sancerre

Flinty. Tart. Sharp. Qualities you wouldn't look for in a mate but ones that Lisa gravitates towards in a white wine. As summer winds down and oyster season ramps up, we found a $20 Sancerre with a crisp, tart taste to add to your raw bar. Domaine des Hauts de Maimbray 2014 is bright and… Continue reading Perfect End Of Summer Sancerre

Lisa's Rosé, Summer Love

A Tale of 2 Roses

Celebrating American independence from England with French Rose at Eastern Standard.  Chateau Pigoudet Grenache/Cinsault "Premiere" from Provence for Lisa and Dom. Roumagnac Negrette and Syrah "Authentique" from Fronton (SW France.) The Authentique? Lots of flinty limestone with gentle nectarine/ strawberry notes. Medium salmon color with a fresh nose. Terrific with grilled cheese or any other cheese… Continue reading A Tale of 2 Roses

Plonk Plonk Fizz Fizz, Summer Love, Tastings

Plonk Plonk Fizz Fizz Part 3 – The Fizz

And now, the Fizz. If you’ve been tasked with bringing the bubbly to a cookout, birthday or pool party and want to keep the price under $15 a bottle, here are three inexpensive options. We recommend two of them and  our clear favorite [and the cheapest] is Anna Codorniu Reserva Blanc de Blancs Brut Cava.… Continue reading Plonk Plonk Fizz Fizz Part 3 – The Fizz

Lisa's Whites, Plonk Plonk Fizz Fizz, Summer Love, Tastings

Plonk Plonk Fizz Fizz

Summer and wine go together like, well, winter and wine, or spring and wine. Wine is a treat for all seasons. But in the summer, even serious $30+ a bottle wine lovers can warm up to a $10 Catalan Garnaxta or an $8 Portuguese Vinho Verde. it’s warm. It’s sunny. And after 2 glasses, even… Continue reading Plonk Plonk Fizz Fizz