Category Archives: Wine

Preview: Italian Food, Wine, Travel Group Climb to Puglia

Puglia Italy trulli

February is the Italian Food, Wine and Travel group’s second month climbing Italy. I say climbing because we are working ourselves from the bottom of the boot to the Alps at the top. Our January Sicilian adventures with Culinary Camilla (link) propelled us to Puglia, the long and skinny heel of the boot, where our virtual exploration of all things #ItalianFWT… Read more »

You Are Invited: Italian Food, Wine, Travel Group Climb to Puglia

February is the Italian Food, Wine and Travel group’s second month climbing Italy. I say climbing because we are working ourselves from the bottom of the boot to the Alps at the top. Our January Sicilian adventures with host Culinary Camilla (link) propelled us to Puglia (Apulia in Italian), the long and skinny heel of the boot, where our virtual… Read more »

Frappato and Biodiversity at Santa Tresa Winery

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Santa Tresa Frappato

Years ago, when I went into a wine store in Chicago where I lived and asked for a Sicilian red wine, I was handed Nero d’Avola. The same thing happened in Northern California some time later, and now in Bordeaux, we get the same. While I enjoy wine made from this grape, I am less of a mainstream person, preferring… Read more »

Gamay Take Two – Meet the Côtes du Forez Appellation

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Verdier-Logel Cotes du Forez La Volcanique

Our local caviste (wine shop owner) knows we prefer looking off the beaten path for interesting wines. I continually search for non-French wine and Martin (pronounced mar-tah, above) continually steers me back to France. Yes his selection of less known French wines is vast and, well, fantastic. So again, our last visit, we left with French wine –  two bottles… Read more »

Malbec Rosé Wine From Cahors

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Combel-la-Serre Cahors Malbec Rosé

Winemaking in Cahors these days is a mixture of tradition, and the newer trend, making lighter, fresher, and less tannic 100% Malbec wines with a balance that highlights location and terroir. Traditional Malbec here can be fantastic, yet the older winemaking methods used usually result in bigger and bolder wines that need time for tannins to mellow out. I enjoy… Read more »

Terroir Rosé on the Rise

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Tavel rosé wine Rosés de Terroirs

From celebrities to top wine producers, it seems everyone has a hand in rosé these days. While Mateus, Lancers, and Sutter Creek turned many people on to rosé in the past, Provence gets accolades for the pale rosé explosion in the 21st century. Yet another style exists beyond the beach and picnic rosés pushed by grand marketing schemes. They are… Read more »

Gascony Surprise: Meet Domaine de Joÿ in Southwest France (#Winophiles)

Domaine de Joÿ Côtes de Gascogne l'Envie

You know the bottle. It was not familiar to me, but from a ‘new to me’ producer, causing a “Hum, I wonder what this is about?” kind of thought. Domaine de Joÿ from Southwest France in Gascony and their L’Envie white wine was that bottle for us. What a delicious surprise! Price: $18 / 15€ French Winophiles Focus On Southwest… Read more »

Appreciating An Ancient Italian Wine Made For Today’s Palate (#ItalianFWT)

Orvieto Classico about

“But why Orvieto?” a wine friend asked when I shared I was heading to taste Orvieto wines. Partly because our Italian Food, Wine, Travel group visits Orvieto this month and also because wineries in Orvieto make much more than the easy quaffing style of the past. I wanted to taste these wines of greater character! Anyone who likes exploring less… Read more »