De Morgenzon 2011 DMZ Syrah: Dark and Earthy from Stellenbosch

South Africa is one region I’ve had so little of, a real shame as good friends of ours are right smitten with the region. They’ve both traveled there and have fallen in love with the country and its wines. I make a point of providing a South African wine whenever we’re sharing a meal together. This one is…

Adega de Moncao Non-vintage Vinho Verde: Thirst Quenching Deliciousness

Spring has sprung around here, or more like summer really. Due to El Niño we’ve had an unusually mild winter and really hot spring, making it feel like we missed the gentle transition we’re used to. Naturally with this hot weather I’ve moved away from big bold red wines and have started thinking about drinking…

Borgo di Colloredo 2010 Aglianico Terre Degli Osci

Aglianico is said to be the “Nebbiolo of Southern Italy”. To fully understand this comparison you need to know a bit about Nebbiolo. The most famous grape variety of the northern Italian region of Piemonte it is used in the highly sought after wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is said to have an essence of “tar and roses”, rustic…

Tommasi 2012 Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo: A “Baby” Super Tuscan

Everyone is searching for the next big up-and-coming wine region to get into. Often when this exciting new region is discovered there is an influx of investment trying to get a proverbial “piece of the pie”. Many famous regions have been through this, from Prosecco in northern Italy to Willamette Valley in Oregon to the…

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2013: from Paso Robles

My reviewing habits tend to be pretty scattered. Looking back over past few years of reviews there is a frequent switch between regions and varieties. Rarely do I drink wines from the same producer back to back but these past few weeks I did just that. It was more coincidental than purposeful as I bought this waiting for the…

Casillero del Diablo 2013 Carmenere Reserva

Black currants, plums, rose, grapefruit, cherry. Sounds like a fruit salad but these are also descriptors commonly associated with particular grape varieties. Currants with Cabernet Sauvignon, plums with Merlot, roses with the difficult to pronounce Gewurztraminer, grapefruit with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and cherries with Sangiovese (Chianti) or cold climate Pinot Noir. I’ve learned to associate…

Fontanafredda Briccotondo 2014: Barbera Wine from Langhe

My favorite wine blog Wine Folly recently posted an article called Why Love Wine? It really got me thinking. Why do I like wine? Madeline’s five points are this: Why love wine… It’s like a micro time travel machine in a bottle, BECAUSE it’s an acquired taste, It’s good for you in small doses, Zillions of…

Herencia Altes Terra Alta Garnatxa Negra: Grenache from Spain

There are thousands of grape varieties in the world and getting to know their names is a big hurdle in learning about wine. We tend towards ones that are familiar, shying away from the odd ones we know nothing about. There are the simple typical ones like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Chardonnay. Then there are…

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…