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If You’re Looking for a Different White Wine…

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Here’s a white that is a little off the beaten path, and brings aromas and flavors that are just a little different than you’re probably used to. It’s from Spain, Rueda to be exact, and Rueda is known for Verdejo. Considering most of the surrounding areas in Spain are known for big reds (and Rueda

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Casey Flat Ranch Tasting at Gasbarros, Thursday July 31

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Coming up this July 31st the winemaker from Casey Flat Ranch will be in town, pouring her wines at Gasbarro’s on Federal Hill. Casey Flat just recently started selling in RI, and this is a great chance to taste their wines and find out what the buzz is all about.

We’ve been writing for a

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Traditional Barolo at Borgogno in Piemonte

Some very old Barolo

After starting our northern Italian wine adventure in a Barbaresco, we went searching for the other famous Nebbiolo DOCG the next morning, that being of course Barolo. Where Barbaresco is smaller, and the tiny villages are just that, there is actually a town of Barolo. It’s quaint, with a traditional European feel and maybe a

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Two Grand Hotels on the Italian Lakes, and Something Else

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Our recent trip to the northern Italian lakes was an anniversary celebration, so we splurged a bit and stayed in the nicest hotels we could find. Both were spectacular in their luxury, attention to detail, incredible locations and superb service. We’ll cover both of them here, as they really are cut from the same mold.

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An Outstanding Value Ripasso di Valpolicella

2011 Le Preare Ripasso

This wine is one of those unexpected finds, where you pick up a bottle at a good price but aren’t really expecting anything great. We grabbed this at North Kingston Liqours one day on the 2 for $26 rack. Over the years we have experienced many excellent Ripassos, and some good ones. I was expecting

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A Dinner to Remember at Verbano, on Lake Maggiore

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We had visited the three Borromean Islands off of Stresa on a rainy day, dodging downpours and not seeing much of one island especially, that being Isola dei Pescatori, or the Fisherman’s Island. This island is small and really just a collection of shops and restaurants. As a way to experience more of it we

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Albino Rocca – Where Family Meets Great Wine in Barbaresco

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Sometimes everything just seems to go right on a given day, and when you wake up in the middle of Piemonte surrounded by vineyards then the odds get even better. Recently we took advantage of being in northwest Italy on an extended vacation and zipped over for a two night stay in Alba, the perfect

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A Magical Italian Wine Shop in Stresa on Lake Maggiore

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Standing along the Via Cavour in the town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore is a wine shop that belies it’s ordinary appearance. La Cambusa seems to be just another local shop selling wine, olive oil and dry foods. Baskets of pasta bracket the entrance. On your right as you go in is a wall of

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Italy and Wine Trip – Much More to Come!

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We just returned from an amazing trip to Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Barolo and Barbaresco. This was interesting and historical, luxurious, relaxing and a culinary delight. When you consider the wines it really gets good. To do the trip justice will require different reports on the trip summary, some of the side excursions, the hotels

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The Problem With Wine Rating Scores – and a Robert Parker Over-Rated Toro

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There are a number of very large, mostly well respected wine rating organizations that taste thousands and thousands of wines, put out a blurb about the wine (much like we do) and then give it a numerical score (which we don’t do). Robert Parker pretty much invented the 100 point scale and became an international

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