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
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!
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!
I recently had a glass of fabulous Pinot nero at Cantinetta Luca, one of my very favorite Italian restaurants within reasonably close proximity to where I live. On perusing the by-the-glass list, my eye was immediately drawn to the Pinot nero from Alto Adige but then I saw all kinds of other interesting stuff: Gaglioppo, … Continue reading Recent Standouts: Hofstätter, Le Bèrne, Chiarli, Tabarrini, …