LOUIS BERNARD COTES du RHONE 2017

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” ~ Benjamin Franklin Nestled in France is a region where winemaking is more than an occupation. It is an art. Much the same as creating a sculpture or painting a portrait or landscape, making a good wine takes dedication and commitment,Continue reading “LOUIS BERNARD COTES du RHONE 2017”

SAN GIUSEPPE VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO CLASSICO SUPERIORE

Saint Joseph is most often thought of as the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus and also his earthly, or foster father. But over the years as Christianity grew he was given many other hats and responsibilities. He is considered the patron saint of workers, with a feast day of May 1, patron saintContinue reading “SAN GIUSEPPE VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO CLASSICO SUPERIORE”

GIULIANO ROSATI VALPOLICELLA 2019

You know, tradition is a funny thing. It is a driving force, a trend setter, a memory and a standard all at the same time. When it comes to wine making, tradition determines quality as well as a bow to history, and as I have said so many times before, a sometimes unachievable standard setContinue reading “GIULIANO ROSATI VALPOLICELLA 2019”

BOLLINI PINOT GRIGIO 2019

This rather young wine is a product of, as history goes, an even younger winery. Established in 1979 when Neil and Maria Empson who were expert wine exporters created their own label from the foothills of the Alps near Friuli and Trentino. The landscape there is so widely varied that the weather can change justContinue reading “BOLLINI PINOT GRIGIO 2019”

THE RISE OF THE “SUPER TUSCAN”

(We are recovering here in the Carolinas from a snow and ice storm which hit us over the weekend. Needless to say, we are not accustomed to Mother Nature treating us so shabbily. So, while I dig out and shake off the cold, please enjoy this repost from January of 2020. ) Tuscany is a regionContinue reading “THE RISE OF THE “SUPER TUSCAN””

LA CELIA PINOT GRIGIO 2019

Mendoza, Argentina has grown to a stature of a premier region for winemaking in South America. While the dominant variety produced here is Malbec, the (UN) official wine of Argentina, there are other varieties produced, and produced very well. This particular Pinot Grigio is a true standout in a very competitive field. Buoyed by historyContinue reading “LA CELIA PINOT GRIGIO 2019”

RAINA MONTEFALCO ROSSO

“Nella botte piccola c’è il vino buono.” ( In small barrels, there’s good wine) Originality, purity and sustainability are such keywords nowadays. Together they make up a trio of characteristics which influence much of today’s focus on agriculture and to achieve any one of these is considered no small triumph. So, when each standard isContinue reading “RAINA MONTEFALCO ROSSO”

GERARD BERTRAND COTE des ROSES

“Le vin est le lait des vieillards” (“Wine is the milk of old people”) One of life’s lessons that I always try to keep in mind is never, ever discount anything. You cannot even guess where this journey of life will take you, so you should never turn down or disregard an opportunity because anContinue reading “GERARD BERTRAND COTE des ROSES”

ALWAYS KEEP AN OPEN MIND

“Check around. Expect the unexpected. You never know what treasure you’ll find under a rock.” A trip to a winery is a completely unique experience. The vines, the fruits set against the rolling hills and a blue sky. Just the atmosphere created is mindblowing when you consider that this fruit will be subjected to aContinue reading “ALWAYS KEEP AN OPEN MIND”

ST. MICHAEL-EPPAN PINOT GRIGIO

“Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep well, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved.” Medieval German Saying For this writing we will remain on the European Continent and travel to the South Tyrol region of Italy. Annexed by The Kingdom of ItalyContinue reading “ST. MICHAEL-EPPAN PINOT GRIGIO”