A confluence of events such as National Chianti Day on Friday and an #ItalianFWT group focus on sustainability brought to mind my experiences in Arezzo years ago. Here’s a book I worked on, called Buon Giorno Arezzo,where I wrote a chapter about wines from Arezzo Wines from Arezzo are not that well known in the United States nor... Continue Reading →
This month, #ItalianFWT explores sustainability at Italian wineries. Katarina of Grapevine Adventures is our host for the Italian Food Wine Travel bloggers with Her invitation post is here. Read her piece on Climate also on the Montemaggio blog here for a more wide-ranging discussion about these issues. Thinking about sustainability in Italy, one of the wineries... Continue Reading →
Lambrusco is on my mind and what better way to talk about it then mentioning Christian Belllei's view of Lambrusco di Sorbara. Created in 2010 thanks to a little help from his friends, Bellei restored his family's original winery site in Bomporto near Modena. The family winery was originally founded in 1920. His father Giuseppe... Continue Reading →
Today's wine of the week is a Centesimino IGT from a winery called La Sabbiona located in Emilia Romagna. This winery is located near a jewel of a city called Faenza which is very famous for its pottery called Faience. Faenza has ceramic museums, a beautiful cathedral and wonderful piazzas with loggia. Here's Faenza which... Continue Reading →
Raising a glass of this Brut Rosé bubbly from Graham Beck today for #CapClassiqueDay. 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 →
Rosso di Montepulciano always takes a backseat to the more well known Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The same is true for Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. I get it but these second wines can be supreme and are perfect with simple fare on any given Sunday, like tonight. I had a hotdog on the grill... Continue Reading →
This week's wine of the week is the Valcalepio Bianco from Cantina Bergamasca from Bergamo. I visited the winery a few years ago during the summer as they were part of the wines I served during a presentation on Lombardy for the Society of Wine Educators. Bergamo is a wonderful jewel of a city, with... Continue Reading →
Photo Courtesy of Wines of Portugal.info Vinho Verde is a large DOC in the North of Portugal with nine subregions. They are nine sub-regions in the DOC. Each one is named after either a river or a town. They are Monção, Melgaço, Lima, Basto, Cávado, Ave, Amarante, Baião, Sousa and Paiva. The weather is cool and... Continue Reading →
Many years ago, 11 to be precise, I found this winery as I made my way around the Abruzzo pavillon at Vinitaly, Tenuta Ulisse. I was reminded of the winery today as I spoke about the grape Cococciola, an indigenous variety from Abruzzo. Cococciola bianco isn’t exactly the kind of grape variety that you see... Continue Reading →
Remembering this amazing trip to Oregon to celebrate #InternationalPinot Noir Day. I found this great site which talks about the grape and the day. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/pinot-noir-day/. To me Pinot Noir is the height of elegance in a wine. Raising a glass to all for a healthy and safe last few weeks of August.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that today is the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. While this was not the final moment in the struggle to get the vote for many women, particularly women of color, it was nonetheless an important milestone in American history. The right to vote is so fundamental to our democracy that it seems today should be celebrated all the more when our votes being counted seem in question in the coming election. Raising a glass to women everywhere.
Domaine Roy was the first winery I visited in Portland, Oregon in 2017 during the Society of Wine Educators conference. I was surprised at the size of the winery and sleek nature of the winery. I didn’t know much about it before we arrived and found the visit truly eye-opening. We tasted the Pinot Noir Incline 2014 it had rich fruit notes and a round mouthfeel. While 2014 in some parts of the wine world wasn’t considered a great vintage, as the year of my son’s birth, it is a very special vintage to me. We also tried the 2013 Pinot Noir and a Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton Incline. That one had great minerality and was beautiful, floral and fruity at the same time. It also showed some tea notes.
The history behind Domaine Roy & Fils is very interesting. It began in 2012 when two sons, Marc-André Roy…
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