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    Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino – Balanced and Beautiful

    I’m a big fan of Italian wines.  If the price of wine were no a consideration I’d be drinking Brunello di Montalcino on a regular basis.  But money is a consideration.  So fortunately, there’s Rosso di Montalcino. Both Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino are made from sangiovese grown in the vineyards surrounding the Italian town of Montalcino.

    9 readers - By CheapWineRatings.com

    Best LCBO Wines: Vintages Release August 2

    You can access the 71 wines that I reviewed for August 2 as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches and the stock for each bottle in their closest LCBO stores. You can also see my wine reviews for July 19. You can add my wine picks to their custom shopping list with one click and access that list on their smartphone.

    11 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      The Naperville Wine Festival 2014

      Vino Con Vista Italy - - 10 readers - Image via Wikipedia Plan to attend the Naperville Wine Festival 2014. Wine festivals offer outstanding and affordable Vino con Vista opportunities. Wine connoisseurs can discover new wines, attend wine seminars and meet wine-makers in an outdoor festival setting. Here’s a short video with some of my favorite Vino con Vista Buddies that I met at the Naperville Wine Festival in 2011: http://youtu.

      Paolo Bea San Valentino Montefalco Rosso 2005

      Just Grapes - - 8 readers - Paolo Bea was one of my first introductions to the “natural wine” movement when I first had it about four years ago, well before any such wines were available in B.C. Moreover, I drank the 2006 vintage of this very same wine with dinner at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in a majestic California-local meal.

      Monteraponi Chianti Classico Riserva “Baron’ Ugo” 2009

      Just Grapes - - 8 readers - Chianti is too often viewed as a monolithic brand rather than a region with variation and terroir. The fault lies with the history of poor quality, cheap wines and the massive expansion of the Chianti DOCG. But since 1996, regulators have shipped Chianti Classico (the smaller, original region) back into shape, allowing 100% Sangiovese based wines. Until then, if you wanted 100% Sangiovese (vs.

      squatt wine shop retrobottega, 75011

      not drinking poison in paris - - 5 readers - A chef friend whose opinions I value highly once raised a sceptical eyebrow when I praised La Retrobottega proprietor Pietro Russano's cooking. At the time Russano, a former sommelier at the late restaurant Rino, had just opened his low-key 11ème Italian cave-à-manger and, as is often still the case today, he was manically performing all roles: sommelier, server, host, and cook.

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      So, You Don’t Like White Wine?

      …) There was indeed something for everyone. And the top two wines of the evening? 2013 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino Region: Sardinia, Italy Variety: 100% Vermentino Aroma: Citrus, tropical fruits Taste: Rose, melon, spice with nice crispness and honey notes Price: $15 My thoughts: This was the hit of the night…a lovely fuller bodied Italian, great…

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      … too many wine expenditures... No, the word has no good connotations in English. Perhaps Russano's wine shop will be the first, for Squatt is overstuffed with unusual French and Italian selections, not to mention sincere personality, making it the antithesis of Paris' ubiquitous Nicolas chain, one location of which is, amusingly, located directly…

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      Masseria Li Veli Askos Verdeca 2012

      …Italy is the greatest source in the world for high quality, characterful wines made from indigenous grapes. Portugal is in a solid second place, but Italy has a big head start. Each region has its unique voice and there are often inspiring producers seeking to rediscover lost grapes and give them a more perfect modern expression. Masseria Li Veli…

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      Wine Review: Antinori Solaia Toscana IGT 1999

      …Drinking an iconic wine is in some respects like watching McCartney or Jagger perform—it is as much about the past as it is the present, as much a celebration as an aesthetic experience. Yet, there are important differences. We know the iconic rock star is over-the-hill; that goes without saying. But we’re willing to accept the importance…

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      Paolo Bea San Valentino Montefalco Rosso 2005

      … Sedimentary Wines, who now imports Bea, I had a chance to rediscover this beacon of Umbria and the Italian natural wine movement. Philosophical Contradictions Winemaker Giampiero Bea’s devotion to his philosophy is readily apparent on his website where you can find all sorts of semi-philosophical ravings about nature and our relationship to it. Much…

      8 readers - By Just Grapes

      Wine of the week: Feudo Zirtari Nero d’Avola-Syrah 2011

      … One more reason that Sicilian wine deserves to enter the mainstream — the Zirtari ($12, purchased, 14%), a funky wine that is delicious yet does not seem especially Sicilian. One knows a wine region has found its niche when you can write that about one of its wines. First, the Zirtari is almost one-half syrah, hardly a grape indigenous…

      1 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Sagrantino – Your Italian Staycation Red

      … softer on the palate, with intense plummy, jammy fruit and soft floral notes. Of course, Sagrantino could easily be enjoyed as a cool weather wine too. But if you’re like me and crave a little summer escape to the Italian countryside, you can at least capture those flavors by opening a bottle. Cin cin! …

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      Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino – Balanced and Beautiful

      … I’m a big fan of Italian wines.  If the price of wine were no a consideration I’d be drinking Brunello di Montalcino on a regular basis.  But money is a consideration.  So fortunately, there’s Rosso di Montalcino. Both Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino are made from sangiovese grown in the vineyards surrounding the Italian town…

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      The Naperville Wine Festival 2014

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      Best LCBO Wines: Vintages Release August 2

      …You can access the 71 wines that I reviewed for August 2 as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches and the stock for each bottle in their closest LCBO stores. You can also see my wine reviews for July 19. You can add my wine picks to their custom shopping list with one click and access that list on their smartphone…

      11 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Stemmari Baci Vivaci Sparkling Grillo – Light and Luscious

      …Late last summer I visited west Sicily to explore the Marsala wine region. While I was there I learned about grillo, a grape that is traditionally used to make Marsala wine and is being used more and more to produce white table wines. It’s an amazing grape, capable of producing some really interesting wines. And just recently I was super excited…

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      Monteraponi Chianti Classico Riserva “Baron’ Ugo” 2009

      … Chianti is too often viewed as a monolithic brand rather than a region with variation and terroir. The fault lies with the history of poor quality, cheap wines and the massive expansion of the Chianti DOCG. But since 1996, regulators have shipped Chianti Classico (the smaller, original region) back into shape, allowing 100% Sangiovese based wines…

      8 readers - By Just Grapes

      Mini-reviews 63: Da Vinci, Fetzer, Villa Maria, Santa Cristina

      … Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month. • Da Vinci Chianti 2011 ($12. sample, 13.5%): Much, much better than the past couple of vintages of this Italian red, with an effort made to make it taste more like Chianti and less like merlot from…

      4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

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      … it into France. There are the same five Greek producers, the same four Spanish ones, the same dozen of Italians. Often I like the wines themselves. But without greater context - including, yes, conventional wines from these nations - one can learn almost nothing from them. (For instance, had I always restricted my Italian wine education…

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      Wine of the week: Sara Bee Moscato NV

      …. But let it not be said that I am easily intimidated. The Italian Sara Bee Moscato ($7, purchased, 5.5%) is one of the best sweet wines I’ve tasted in years, and especially at this price. Yes, it’s sweet — probably somewhere around a high-end soft drink like Jones Soda — but there is plenty of orange fruit aroma, common to the moscato grape, apricot…

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