Spanish-Wines.org Our new blogging group, #WorldWineTravel is having it's inaugural Saturday twitter chat tomorrow, January 23, 2021. We've decided that we are going to explore Spain throughout the year. I drink Spanish wines generally outside of the home rather than have them at home. In the days pre-Covid and really pre-Niccolo (my son) I used... Continue Reading →
Val D'Oca I have been celebrating with bottles of Val D'Oca sparkling wines for the past couple of days. Last night I opened a couple of bottles of the Extra Dry. Today, reading about the first 10 Executive Orders and seeing Dr. Fauci freely speak about the Covid-19 pandemic was such a relief that we... Continue Reading →
My internet was on the Fritz all day and I missed almost the whole celebration but taped it so I can watch this weekend. I am thrilled with this new administration and because I’m just a Jersey Girl at heart, I couldn't have been happier than listening to Bruce Springsteen. Can you believe he’s 71???... Continue Reading →
It's hard to believe it's 52 years since the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King. He is my hero. I often wonder what life would look like today if he had lived. Such a waste and such a tragedy. I wonder what he would say about what he would see if he were alive today.... Continue Reading →
Chateau Labadie This month, the French #winophiles are traveling to Bordeaux. We were charged with looking at what's new in Bordeaux. I choose Chateau Labadie, a winery that is located in Bégadan in the Northern Médoc. The winery is not new but it changed it's core nature in the 1970s when the Bibey family bought... Continue Reading →
As the cold of January seeps into my boned, I am reminded of past holiday travels in winter time. One of my favorite trips in the last years was to Chile, a magical place in all ways. When I visited Chile, I had the occasion to travel to a few wineries but the trip also... Continue Reading →
Today's Wine Wednesday is a marvelous sparkling wine I recently discovered from Enrico Serafino. It's an Alta Langa DOCG wine, a category I wrote about a couple of weeks ago in this post. This particular winery has been active since 1878. The grapes for these wines are harvested from Barolo, Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, Unesco... Continue Reading →
I spoke about Fiano today on my Morning Grape series on Instagram. Since I wrote this post, I have visited Irpinia but not the city of Avellino. Still missing that experience. Fiano is a wonderful grape and since I wrote this, I have had many wonderful Fiano wines from producers such as Donnachiara, Tenuta Sarno, Cantina di Marzo, Azienda Petilia and others. Truly marvelous wines and ones that are great for laying down. What I have learned in the intervening years is just how wonderful these wines are with some age on them. Therefore, grab a bottle of Fiano d’Avellino, no grab 4 and lay them down for different periods of time and see how they age. Cheers to all.
This week we will again be looking at another great white grape variety from Campania – Fiano bianco. This is a very antique variety that existed during Roman times and is said to come from the area around Avellino. I have never had the good fortune to visit Avellino but have an old friend who hails from that city. He was quite the “cavaliere” (a man who is chivalrous) in the best sense of the term and that image of certain people and grape varieties remains in my mind.
Fiano grows best in volcanic soils. It produces wines with distinct minerality, good acidity and aromas and flavors of fruit, flowers and nuts. While it is usually vinified into dry wine, it can also be used in the production of late harvest or sweet wines. It grows in both Campania and Puglia.
This white grape variety is often blended with other…
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This week's #WinePW group tried Sake and other wines with Asian cooking. On Saturday I made two dishes to pair with the bottles of Sushi I opened, one a sparkling sushi and the other a Junmai. This term means pure rice and water only are used, nothing is added. It is said to work with... Continue Reading →
This month the #WinePW crew is looking to pair wines with Asian dishes, led by Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla. Her invitation post is here. The premise is Saké or another wine with Asian dishes. I decided to virtually visit Japan again with #WinePW and write about Sake. I write, and honestly taste, Sake very infrequently... Continue Reading →