Chateau Grand Terrier Des Eyriaux 2011 Bordeaux

My local wine shop’s buyer has recently been trying to bolster the French section of the store. Ever since trying the 2006 Chateau Haut-Mayne I’ve had a hankering to find other Bordeaux to sample and was thrilled to hear more would be coming in locally. They brought this in for an event they poured at but decided to sell…

Chateau Haut-Mayne 2006: Bordeaux Blend from Graves

I have always found Bordeaux intimidated. It could be the typically high price, the complicated classification system, or the cheap and tasteless bottles I’ve had before that deterred me. Whatever the reasons, I have tried very little of it. When I saw this bottle, with a single subregion on the label as opposed to the catch-all “Bordeaux” designation, I couldn’t wait to…

Ruffino 2011 Riserva Ducale Chianti: a Tuscany Classic

Tuscany is a land of beautiful rolling hills and tall cypress tree surrounded villas. It is also home to the grape Sangiovese which is used in the blend Chianti. Gone are the days when Chianti would conjure up romantic images of wide bottomed bottles wrapped in straw baskets in the middle of red and white checkered…

Gran Passione Veneto Rosso 2012

We’re big fans of Italian wine around here even though I haven’t blogged much about them yet. Some of our favorites come from the Veneto region in north-eastern Italy. Think Venice and you’ll know the area. Valpolicella Ripasso wine is by far our favorite and I will blog much more about this in the future. I picked…