ZENATO ALANERA ROSSO VERONESE

The Valpolicella Region of Italy is located in the northern province of Verona, just east of Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. While the region has been made famous in history and theater as the home of Romeo and Juliet and also the home of Two Gentlemen from there, the region is also knownContinue reading “ZENATO ALANERA ROSSO VERONESE”

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”

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”

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”

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”