ITALIAN WINE

    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...

    8 readers - By Just Grapes

    Wine of the week: Sara Bee Moscato NV

    Sweet wine is not easy to review, and this doesn’t even take into account that a lot of sweet wine isn’t worth reviewing — poorly made, sweeter than Coke, and as cynical as a carnival barker. Many of the Wine Curmudgeon’s readers — half? more? — will skip this review in annoy...

    7 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Mionetto IL Prosecco – Tasty Everyday Sparkler

      CheapWineRatings.com - - 5 readers - Last week I did a write-up on the Mionetto Prestige Collection Prosecco and commented about how I’ve been coming across more and more of their wines lately.  This is another Prosecco from their “IL” line and is also quite tast...

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      not drinking poison in paris - - 5 readers - I thought it would be bigger news when late last year Inaki Aizpitarte opened a shoebox-sized wine shop between Le Chateaubriand and Le Dauphin. Instead, outside of a few blurbs in the French press, it was basically a non...

      Wine of the week: Cantine Colosi Rosso 2012

      The Wine Curmudgeon - - 5 readers - Sicilian wine has made such advances over the past decade that it was only a matter of time until the Wine Curmudgeon found some that weren’t worth buying. You know the kind of wine, one made to take advantage of being trendy,...

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      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…

      4 readers - By CheapWineRatings.com

      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…

      5 readers - By not drinking poison in paris

      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…

      7 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      10 Best Ripasso Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Ripasso

      … of native Italian grapes most commonly Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, is re-passed over the leftover grape skins and seeds of the wine, also known as its pomace. 2. Some refer to the Ripasso style of wine as a “baby amarone,” more powerful than simple Valpolicella, but not quite as fierce as an Amarone. Think of Ripasso as recycling…

      6 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      10 Best Valpolicella Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Valpolicella

      … times. Think of it like the Grand Cru area, where the best vineyard sites are. They typically have a higher altitude. Famed producers include Bolla and Folonari. This wine is irresistible paired with lasagna. The wine of Valpolicella, made from a combination of native Italian grapes most commonly Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, is re-passed…

      2 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      10 Best Barbera Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Barbera

      … Barbera is both the name of a grape and of the red wine it produces. Its ancestral home is in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, from the vineyards around the towns of Asti, Alexandria and Casale Monferrato. You’ll find my Top 10 Barbera reviews and ratings here. 5 Surprising Facts about Barbera: 1. Unlike Barolo and Barberesco, Barbera…

      3 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Mionetto IL Prosecco – Tasty Everyday Sparkler

      … Last week I did a write-up on the Mionetto Prestige Collection Prosecco and commented about how I’ve been coming across more and more of their wines lately.  This is another Prosecco from their “IL” line and is also quite tasty. I love what Mionetto is doing with the packaging on their IL line sparklers.  Rather than a cork, it has a bottle cap…

      5 readers - By CheapWineRatings.com

      Wine of the week: Cantine Colosi Rosso 2012

      … kind of grilled food, be it burgers, sausage, or chicken. The Rosso is missing the Sicilian earthiness that I like and expect, but it didn’t make any difference. This is an Italian wine that’s about fun and happiness and enjoying your food and the people you’re with. The Rosso doesn’t get in the way and doesn’t demand attention the way so many…

      5 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Mionetto Prestige Collection Brut – Fabulous Prosecco

      … I’ve been coming across a number of different sparklers from Mionetto lately.  They seem to be doing a marketing push and I’m seeing them everywhere.  And after tasting some of their bubbly, I had to share this one with you. Prosecco is the focus at Mionetto, and they don’t just produce one.  In the category of sparkling wine, Prosecco tends…

      4 readers - By CheapWineRatings.com

      G.D. Vajra in Barolo – “clean traditionalist”

      … Giuseppe Vaira was caught in a fight when he was in elementary school. It wasn’t the sort of meet-you-at-the-bike-racks kind of thing. No, it encapsulated what might happen only to the son of a winemaker, or even the son of a Barolo winemaker. He was classmates with two other kids who were also from wine families. One said proudly that he…

      3 readers - By Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog

      Challenging Wine Pairing: Gnocchi

      … While gnocchi does not receive as much attention as other pastas, potato gnocchi has become popular and frequently appears on restaurant menus. In fact, in the past year, I have enjoyed delicious gnocchi both in Italy and here in Seattle. Since we Wine Peeps enjoy Italian food very much, I decided to prepare a challenging wine pairing meal using…

      1 readers - By Wine Peeps

      Quick Sip: La Massa 2011 Toscana

      … Hello Friends,  Today’s Quick Sip is the La Massa 2011 Toscana. La Massa was founded by Naples-born Giampaolo Motta in the early 1990s. After spending time in Bordeaux, Giampaolo acquired 111 acres of hilly terrain in Panzano (Chianti) with mature vine plantings and started producing wine. His 2011 Toscana marries Bordeaux varieties…

      1 readers - By My Vine Spot

      Bolla Extra Dry Prosecco – A Bubbly Bargain

      … In my last review, I revisited a wine brand that used to be a regular for me (back when I was in my twenties), Bolla.  It’s a brand that offers plenty of decent wines at bargain prices, but for whatever reason it’s also a brand that I haven’t given a lot of love in the past few years.  But I’ve rediscovered it and so today I’m trying another…

      2 readers - By CheapWineRatings.com
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