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…

Gadais Pere et Fils Vieilles Vignes 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

So you might be thinking “what the heck does all that gobbledygook in the title really mean”? While the title of this post is a mouthful the wine certainly is not, more on that later. Let’s decipher the title a bit so we can better understand what is going on here. First, this wine comes from Muscadet, a subregion of…

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…

Michael David Petite Petit: Bold Petite Sirah from Lodi

Many big wine review sites like eRobert Parker or Wine Enthusiast Magazine offer their top wine lists. I do glance through these once in awhile but the top wines are often out of my price range and hard to find around here. If you’re willing to do some research however they can be a quick way to find new wines. I’ll…

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…