A $7 Trader Joe’s Morellino di Scansano

I keep telling myself to write shorter blog posts and I guess I have not been listening very well. It's been a while since I did a little wine review here and after reading The Winegetter's post about the 2011 Argyle Pinot noir the other day, I realized how happy I was to be reminded of … Continue reading A $7 Trader Joe’s Morellino di Scansano

Italian Castles and Wines —in Napa Valley!

Leave it to me to go to Napa Valley and only find Sangiovese, Aglianico, and Italian castles! A few weeks ago I spent a long weekend in the Mayacamas Mountains, the mountain range that separates Sonoma Valley from Napa Valley. In the afternoons I ventured down and east to the Napa side to explore some … Continue reading Italian Castles and Wines —in Napa Valley!

Siro Pacenti Brunello, Panzanella Salad, and friends!

After five days home from Italy I thought to myself, "What I need is a little party with friends, good food, and wine — and it needs to happen only if the stars are aligned just right — nothing formal or planned." So I thought, "What better dish to make when you don't know if … Continue reading Siro Pacenti Brunello, Panzanella Salad, and friends!