Most people who like wine and are more than occasional cork poppers are aware that South Africa produces wine. In fact they produce quite a bit, and rank about 8th in production and world wine exports. Their vinicultural tradition goes back to the establishment of the colony , and vines from Europe were planted as
Continue reading A Look at the Wines of Stellenbosch, South Africa : Some History and the Wines of Simonsig
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, and Christmas soon to follow, let’s list some of the value wines we’ve encountered recently that would make good choices this holiday season. A lot of these are a bit out of the ordinary. None of these are super expensive however, topping out at around $40, and most are
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If you read this blog you know there has been a lot of Portuguese wine reviewed of late. Since Fred Thurber introduced us to some of the incredible values you can find from that region we’ve been on an expedition of Portuguese wine drinking. We haven’t loved all of them, but we can say that
Continue reading Portuguese Wines Take #1, #3 and #4 in Wine Spectator’s Top 100!
The 2001 Louis Martini Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a very special wine to us. We first encountered it at the Mohegan Sun Winefest, I believe the first year of the event, when the person pouring reached down behind the counter and produced a bottle with the iconic dark red label. It was at
Continue reading The Continuing Evolution of 2001 Louis Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet
We love wines from the Rhone Valley, both the north and the south. Here we journey to the southern climes of the Rhone, and the Ventoux appellation, which lies east of Chateauneuf and surrounds Gigondas and Vacqueyras to the east and south. There are many grapes grown here, but the major ones are Syrah and
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In mid-October Portugalia Marketplace had three different distributors of Portuguese wine pouring on the same Saturday, and that was certainly something not to be missed. We’ve come to expect some great values from Portugal, and expected more treasures from this particular expedition. We weren’t disappointed. There were several wines which were excellent, especially at their
Continue reading A Few More Portuguese Values from a Grand Tasting at Portugalia Marketplace
There are so many areas throughout the world producing good wine, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of them. The two wines showcased here are a prime example, produced in the Brda (pronounced beer-da) region of Slovenia near the Italian border, and providing excellent value in crisp, delicious white wine. If this is any indication
Continue reading Two Great Whites – Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio From Slovenia!
With so much to do at the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival you just can’t get to all of it, but we certainly gave it our best this year. One change that helped along those lines was the move of the Saturday and Sunday seminars into the Chinese Tea House, right there on the
Continue reading James Bond, Terroir and Salumi – Review of the Seminars at the 2014 Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival
We recently found ourselves in Stamford, CT on a Saturday night facing the decision of which restaurant to go to. We had just attended the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival, so we had several choices from that event, as well as a large number of local places covering every ethnic food group you could think
Continue reading Barcelona Restaurant, A Little Spain in Stamford, CT.
We’ve been ranting about Casey Flat Ranch wines for over a year now. Their 2010 Estate Red is one of our favorite wines anywhere, period. Their 2012 CFR Sauvignon Blanc got us drinking white wine again, and now it’s spreading (go figure!). We love just about everything they make, and think they’re all great values.
Continue reading Wine Spectator Recognizes Casey Flat Ranch – Finally