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, Buys under $25, Tastings

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

Big Reds, Tastings, Travel

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

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…

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, 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

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 know, like beer. I was skeptical,… Continue reading Yes I Can