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…

Duorum Vinhos Colheita 2011

Today we have another dry table wine from the Douro valley. This consists of a blend of 40% Tourigo Franca, 40% Touriga Nacional, and 20% Tinta Roriz. Not that these grape varieties mean anything to the average wine drinker but they are some of the grape varieties that go into Portugal’s most famous drink, Porto….

CARM familia Roboredo Madeira Douro 2010

I’ve always really enjoyed Port. It was probably the first wine I felt I could actually get into and like. While I thought table (dry) wine tasted gross I could always go for a bit of sweet Port. That has never changed as my tastes have evolved and I’ll always jump at a chance of a…