We started our Thanksgiving feast with this Brut Rosé bubbly from Graham Beck. I loved its salmon hue and fruity notes together with a nice perlage, structure and length. It's a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their properties in Robertson and Stellenbosch. The wine is made using whole cluster pressing. The winemaker Pieter... Continue Reading →
Today's wine of the week and Wine Wednesday post is dedicated to Domaine Drouhin Oregon wine, Laurene. I tasted this extraordinary Pinot Noir at the New York Wine Experience in October, held by the Wine Spectator. While I had been in Oregon for the first time last summer, I did not get to visit this... Continue Reading →
This photo was taken in Sardinia in 2015. I was lucky enough to go on a brief trip to the island, my fourth. I have never, however, visited Sassari or any of the capital towns on the island. This week's variety, Monica, originally is thought to have come to Sardinia from Spain, though is has... Continue Reading →
Hello Grappa. That is the name of a group that is working together to promote Grappa around the world. Grappa is an Italian spirit that usually brings to mind older men in the Veneto having a glass after dinner or in their morning coffee. But no more. This limited vision of the use of Grappa... Continue Reading →
Today is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the third Thursday in November. Today's wine was the first Beaujolais I had this year. According to French law, this wine made from Gamay grapes can be released at 12:01 a.m., quite soon after the harvest. Many are quite critical of Beaujolais Nouveau and it's fresh, fruity style. I am... Continue Reading →
This variety hails from Sicily. It is grown in the province of Catania, at the foot of Etna. It usually grows in fields with other grapes including the much heralded Nerello Mascalese grape, Carricante and Catarratto. It's also grow around the province of Enna. It is seldom seen as a monovarietal wine but it usually... Continue Reading →
Happy Champagne Day was first started eight years ago to appreciate this sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region in France. The Champagne bureau is very active in their promotions yet I need no convincing. I love sparkling wines and I love to celebrating life with Champagne. I love this particular one quite a... Continue Reading →
Today's wine Wednesday is dedicated to Il Chiaretto from the Azienda Agricola Pasini San Giovanni. The wine is made from a blend of indigenous varieties: Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera and Sangiovese. To be a Valtènesi some 50% of the blend must be from Groppello (either Gentile and/or Mocasina). As a grape, Groppello has a thin skin... Continue Reading →
Looking forward to seeing Ilaria later today, tasting her wines and learning about all the changes in the winery with her new enologist Riccardo Cotarella.
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks with Vinitaly and my Italian trip in the middle as well as the holidays. So much to tell but for today I wanted to post an interview with Ilaria Pettito from Donnachiara. I met Ilaria about four years ago at an event in NYC and have seen her numerous times throughout the years as she is always traveling and promoting her wines. I was able to say hello to her at this year’s Vinitaly as well in the Irpinia Pavilion. As always, Ilaria was lovely and gracious, just like her wines. The above picture was taken at VinoVip2013 in Cortina this summer.
I also think Aglianico is a great wine for the Easter meal if one is having traditional fare.
1. How did you get into the wine business?
I’m in the wine business since 2007 when I decided to…
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