TOMMASI PINOT GRIGIO 2019

“Anni e bicchieri di vino non si contano mai = Age and glasses of wine should never be counted” The real spirit of Italy is embodied in this saying. It may just sound like an invitation to drink more wine, which is of course entirely possible, but it is really an invitation to enjoy lifeContinue reading “TOMMASI PINOT GRIGIO 2019”

BAROSSA VALLEY ESTATES SHIRAZ 2015

Nestled away on the Southeastern side of the continent is the Barossa Valley. Small by comparison to most of the more famous wine growing regions, the Barossa has been producing wine, red only, since 1985 which makes it a relative newcomer. However, this valley is not, as its name may imply in Italy. Nor isContinue reading “BAROSSA VALLEY ESTATES SHIRAZ 2015”

SCAIA CORVINA VENETO IGT 2017

Picking a wine involves so much now. Everything factors into the decision including the name of the vintner, appearance of the bottle, reputation and of course, the price. I think that for most, especially the novice wine drinker, read that as the normal person, unless you have a personal preference, the price of a bottleContinue reading “SCAIA CORVINA VENETO IGT 2017”

THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS

And, let me tell you, what a week. March 17 is the feast of Saint Patrick, while March 19 is the feast of Saint Joseph. Both men are storied in different cultural traditions, one Irish and the other Italian. But since both are rooted in ancient Christianity, they are sacred, surrounded by myth and legendContinue reading “THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS”

THE BLESSING OF HOME MADE MACARONI

Give me a choice of any dish I would like to eat at any given time and I will say, with no hesitation, a dish of macaroni (pasta to the more modern generations). Served with a good marinara sauce, Sunday gravy, with seafood or agli olio (garlic and oil) there is nothing on this earthContinue reading “THE BLESSING OF HOME MADE MACARONI”

PASTA PRIMAVERA CON GALLINA (chicken)

In Italian, the word ‘Primavera” literally means “spring,” like the season. The time of year when nature springs to life, color is restored to the landscape and a man’s fancy turns to, well, you get the idea. But with it comes an entirely new set of recipes. The heavier stews and stuff are pushed asideContinue reading “PASTA PRIMAVERA CON GALLINA (chicken)”

LOIRE VALLEY SAUVION VOUVRAY 2019

“Wine is water filled with sunshine.” (A French saying, author unknown) So for today we ventured out and tried something different. I had never seen this wine before, but the clarity of the bottle and the simple, attractive label kind of drew me to it, so I gave it a try. I normally do enjoyContinue reading “LOIRE VALLEY SAUVION VOUVRAY 2019”

LEARNING TO APPRECIATE THE SMALLER THINGS

“Money is a funny thing. You can’t take it with you. But can’t go anywhere without it.”“Rich or poor, it pays to have money.” (Both authors are unknown) I’ve always heard that the best things in life are free. A blue sky, a brisk walk, a hand held. There is really no substitute for thingsContinue reading “LEARNING TO APPRECIATE THE SMALLER THINGS”

MASI BONACOSTA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO DOC 2018

The MASI Winery, located in the area surrounding the romantic and historic northeastern region of Veneto, is very much a family operation with a long and storied history. The use of native grapes, experimentation and a real commitment to high quality all have combined to make this winery one of the premier producers in theContinue reading “MASI BONACOSTA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO DOC 2018”