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”

EMPORIUM APPASSIMENTO ROSSO SALENTO

Sometimes, as you well know, just the look, the appearance of something really catches your eye, makes you take notice. Now this can be anything from a color, to a label or even just the direction your head turns. I don’t know. Maybe there is some deep seated psychological thing involved here, but let’s remember,Continue reading “EMPORIUM APPASSIMENTO ROSSO SALENTO”

FATTORIA dei BARBI ROSSO di MONTALCINO 2016

This wine is produced by the Colombini family, a name which dates back to the first century A.D. Throughout the years, this family has seen its fortunes rise and fall as they went from bankers to church monarchs, some beatified, to virtual gangsters and outcasts and back to respected political figures. With contacts in theContinue reading “FATTORIA dei BARBI ROSSO di MONTALCINO 2016”

Cantina Gabriele Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

“You can celebrate with wine, or you can just drink it anyway” (Old sayings have to start someplace!) As many of you know, there is a magic to Italian wines. The passion is totally undeniable as is the devotion to family. So many wineries there and throughout Europe can actually trace their origins back toContinue reading “Cantina Gabriele Montepulciano d’Abruzzo”

GRAN PASSIONE ROSSO

“Come ti vidi, m’inammorai, e tu sorridi, perche lo sai.” (When I saw you, I fell in love, and you smiled, because you knew.” The Veneto region of Italy is sort of a mecca for those seeking fine wines in all price ranges. The wines are mostly bone dry by nature with strong fruits, longContinue reading “GRAN PASSIONE ROSSO”

LUGANA SAN BENEDETTO 2018

Lake Garda, Lago Garda in Italian is the largest lake in Italy. Situated between Venice and Milan. Today, it is a very popular vacation spot in Northern Italy but it is the history of the region that is so fascinating. The lake as well as the region, was formed by glaciers toward the end ofContinue reading “LUGANA SAN BENEDETTO 2018”

LUNETTA PROSECCO…a perfect diversion

Okay. So 2020 isn’t working out quite the way we had planned or hoped. That doesn’t give anyone a reason to hide his collective head in some trash bin and just wait around for the new year to explode. On the contrary, this is the dawn. It is Autumn. A new year is coming. TimeContinue reading “LUNETTA PROSECCO…a perfect diversion”

LOUIS-JADOT BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES

Beaujolais is a French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée wine generally made of the Gamay grape which has a thin skin and is low in tannins. The wine takes its name from the historical wine producing province of Beaujolais. First cultivated by the Romans who established the region as part of a trading route, the tradition andContinue reading “LOUIS-JADOT BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES”