A Bordeaux Producer To Watch, Head to Pomerol

Château de Sales Pomerol AOC Bordeaux

“Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte If you’ve been to Bordeaux chances are you made it to the right bank. There you’ll find several famous appellations vying for attention including Pomerol, the smallest of Bordeaux’s most esteemed. And in this AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protegee) where there are lots of families who own… Read more »

An Italian “Surprise” You Must Get To Know

giovanna tantini bardolino chiaretto doc

Northern Italy is full of (wine) surprises. It’s not just about Milan and the Cinque Terre, and Venice or Tuscany. Lots of people don’t explore outside of these destinations. So for those folks wanting fewer than a zillion tourists and interesting wines made with grapes native to Italy, head to Bardolino on Lake Garda. This area is making some of… Read more »

Tempting You With Arena Vermentino

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Antoine Arena Patrimonio Carco Vermentino Corsica wine

A year ago I wandered into a favorite wine shop in Bordeaux and discovered Vermentino again. It’s a grape that grows in many places. France, Italy, Australia, California and Oregon are prime areas. I’ve tasted some from each place but the one that stands out is the Vermentino from the Corsican Arena family. A Family Business in Patrimonio Antoine Arena… Read more »

Strolling to Soave and Cantina del Castello

pergola veronese trellling system soave DOC

Soave is one of the most important white wine appellations in Italy. Although it’s name was tarnished for years, they now produce single varietal, distinctive “cru” wines from the Garganega grape. The Veneto region in northern Italy where the Soave hails is worth the visit, great food too!

Côtes de Bordeaux: A Château Carsin Surprise

Nea Berglund grew up among the vines at the Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux property her father purchased in 1990. This “French summer cottage” called Château Carsin is located in the town of Rion and has been a great opportunity for her. She’s now the winemaker and the modern mind behind Charivari Wines. Come in for a visit!

One Italian Island White Wine You Must Try

Cantina Gallura Canayli vermentina superiore sardinia

Vermentino is the flagship wine of the Gallura region in the north east of Sardinia. Gallura is a specific area where the grape has a striking personality. Today it’s becoming one of the Island’s most successful wines.

The Single Variety Wine for Summer- Picpoul de Pinet

domaine felines journad pinet picpoul

Picpoul screams spring into summer when it comes to white wines. Something for a spontaneous Saturday picnic? Or a wine that seriously pairs with seafood whether grilled, baked or raw- absolutely! The great thing about Picpoul is the reasonable price tag: it hovers around $10 to $15.

Spring Date With Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi

Umani Ronchi Vicchi Vigne Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2015

There’s a white grape in the Marche region of Italy that some say produces one of Italy’s prized white wines. In fact, it’s been called one of Italy’s greatest native white grapes. Its best expression comes from Verdicchio del Castelli di Jesi but growns in other areas of the Marche too. Today I’m sharing information about two lovely Verdicchio from the Umani Ronchi estate.

Faugères Sunday Night Wine: Didier Barral

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March 12, 2018 – Didier Barral, the proprietor of Domaine Leon Barral is a revolutionary man producing biodynamic wines in the Faugères AOP. This hilly area is known as Grand Terroir de Schist where Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Cinsault are primary red grapes. I looked to this region for a wine to elevate my lazy Sunday evening.

Aglianico: A Southern Italian Gem #ItalianFWT

Aglianici del Vultura Campania wine

I didn’t know much about the Italian wine grape Aglianico. In fact I can’t remember tasting such a wine. Italy has a staggering number of grape varieties native to the country. It’s likely near impossible to have an exact number but as of 2016, the national registry of grape varieties catalogs 511. As you probably guessed, Aglianico is one of… Read more »