Since my Thanksgiving Video Post was about Rose wines that pair well with the entire Thanksgiving dinner, I thought I would speak about a unique one from a unique area that was featured in the video. Where Is Tavel? As you can see buy this map, Tavel is located in the Southern Rhone Valley of […]Read More Tavel: A Rose For A Red Wine Drinker!
Wine Collectors Will The Wine Outlive Them? Over my career in Wine as a Sommelier I have met so many Wine Collectors on a large or small level and they are on mailing lists and belong to wine clubs and they buy Futures and Auction Wines. In every review of a wine in any of […]Read More Drink..Or Hold? Drink..Or Hold? I SAY DRINK!!
Many times I see great wines in Retail Shops or on Restaurant Wine Lists or in Portfolios of Importers get deleted. The answer I always hear in response to Why is “That grape or that brand or that country doesn’t SELL HERE”. I don’t believe that for a minute. When I was a wine buyer […]Read More Att: Wine Enthusiasts. The Bottles Don’t Talk!
Interesting article in the New York Times last week that sadly predicts the future of wine in America as becoming only a dessert wine like Port or Icewine. . It made sense after I read it, how we raise our children from a very young age to have Soda, Dessert as a Treat, Ice Cream, […]Read More Who Says Bordeaux Is Not Everyday Wine??
Chiavennasca (KEY–OV-UH-NASS-CUH) In The Northwest region of Italy known as Piedmont, Nebbiolo is used in 3 D.O.C.G villlages. Barolo, Barbaresco and Gattinara. All 3,Barolo the most popular are pretty pricey or at least around $45.00 Minimum Retail. In Langhe which is not a D.O.C.G. you get a better bang for your buck with Nebbiolo. In […]Read More A Poor Man’s Barolo And Barbaresco
One Of The Parents Of Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc crossbred with Sauvignon Blanc is how we have the popular grape varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. It is one of the principle Black Grapes used in wines worldwide and one of the 5 Red Grapes used to blend in Bordeaux. Most “Right Bank” Bordeauxs from Saint Emilion as […]Read More Let Me Be “Franc” (Fronk)
Cotes Du Roussillon Is The Best Bang For The Buck Most wine consumers when thinking about wines from France think of Bordeaux or Burgundy. Great Wines…. Poor Value. I have spoken about the southern French Wine Region of Languedoc-Roussillon in previous posts especially Corbieres. There is so much selection from these villages in the south […]Read More Your Red Wine Life Is About To Get REAL!!!
We Need A Category Called Pizza And Pasta Wines I have always said that all Wine Retailers should have a category or section called “Pizza and Pasta Wines” . Basically wines from all over the world that pair well with simple Tomato Sauce based dishes of Pasta and America’s Favorite Fast Food, Pizza. When I […]Read More Drink And Eat Like A Sicilian !!
My First Winery Visit To Italy 2009 My first time ever in Italy and my very first winery couldn’t have been a better experience. Above is Brother and Sister Piero and Benedetta Lanza of Fattoria Poggerino in the town of Radda in Chianti. It’s a bed and breakfast too so you can go visit and […]Read More Piero Lanza, Sangiovese Superstar
I am a couple of days late celebrating #GrenacheDay around the World. It’s always been one of my favorite Grape Varieties but I personally love the expression of this grape from very old vines in the High Altitude Areas of Northeastern Spain where they refer to the grape as Garnacha! Where Is This Region Calatayud […]Read More You Say Grenache I Say Garnacha!