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

Big Reds, Travel

Phil Collins in Puglia?, that's not how you pronounce's Susumaniello! Sure it's hard to pronounce and it really has nothing to do with Phil Collins or Genesis. But the folks at Ruggero Di Bardo (Puglia, Italy) concocted a magnificent wine from a little known grape (Susumaniello) that's gaining quite a following. And there are lots of reasons… Continue reading Phil Collins in Puglia?

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…

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