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

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

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

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

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