As the owner of an Italian restaurant, I always try to strike a balance of offering both delicious hard-to-find bottles for those times you dine with me and it’s a special occasion or you’re looking for a treat, and affordable wines that deliver incredible bang for your buck and allow you to be able to […]
Syrah in the United States tends to be dark and brooding. This is very different than Syrah grown in Europe. America’s warmer climate, more fertile soils, and heavy oaking result in Syrahs that lose their native characteristics. Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon fame knows this.
In the on-going effort to help Pinot Noir lovers branch out within their palate preferences I have been posting wines that fall into the Pine Cone Alternative category.
In my first post about the alternatives to Pinot Noir we stayed a bit local, tramping just south of Pinot Noir’s home in Burgundy to get nice with the Gamay grape, which is celebrated in the Beaujolais region of France. But there is a lot of wine out there in the world and a good […]
…oh its flavors, they’re just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and… ancient on the planet.” – Miles Raymond What Pinot Noir does to our senses when done well is hard to put into words. The enjoyment of it is much more visceral than the science behind how we perceive wine.
I’m frequently asked this question at In Vino, my little Italian wine and food cave: What does the DOC and DOCG name on the neck of a wine bottle or appended to the name of a wine on our wine list mean? Is the wine better if it has it? Not necessarily better, but guaranteed. […]
Sustainable. Organic. Biodynamic. We have been hearing these words a lot in the wine world over the past decade or so. What started out as an attempt to reduce the amount of man-made materials in the winemaking process has become a huge marketing tool. Since we know the media will use anything it can to […]
It’s dangerously cold outside and your peers are screaming for red wine, but you’re a white wine drinker. Are you stuck with crispy, light and refreshing whites that all those red wine drinkers start sipping on when the snow melts? NO! White wines can have just as much oomph as red wines during a Hercules […]
Owning an Italian restaurant and wine bar, I see a lot of anxious eyes darting up and down and all around the pages of my wine list. OF COURSE! Italy is a very daunting place for vino. There are twenty regions on the boot and each region is its own “country” of food and wine. […]