Vino Files

South Africa’s 2010 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

South Africa’s 2010 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir, considered by some to be the best red wine in the world originated in the Burgundy region of France. Pinot Noir is one of the wines used to create traditional French champagne, but it is also a wine that  stands alone and is extremely food friendly. It has been in South Africa for […]

| February 16, 2013
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Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar

Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar

The Antinori Family Announces Opening Of Its Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar Marchesi Antinori, the family-owned Italian wine company that has shaped the wine industry and culture over the past 625 years, has announced the official opening of its revolutionary, state-of-the-art facility in Bargino, Italy: Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar.  This groundbreaking project, scheduled to […]

| February 10, 2013
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5 Wines for Valentines Day

5 Wines for Valentines Day

Wine and romance seem to go hand in hand, but with Valentines Day approaching, it is nice to add a special loving touch to an already amorous day. Here are five wines that have a little extra special touch of Valentine spirit for the big day and won’t break the bank since they  all can […]

| February 7, 2013
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Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D’Asti 2011

Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D’Asti 2011

Straight from one of the top Barbera specialists in Piedmont, Italy, this bold red has beautiful notes of cherry, berries and plum. It is quite smooth and well balanced with an ample finish. The Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D’Asti is an excellent everyday wine that is food-friendly, has great acidity and all of the aspects […]

| January 31, 2013
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Frei Brothers 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Frei Brothers 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The Frei Brothers 2009 Reserve Cabernet from Alexander Valley exhibits all of the characteristics of a truly wonderful Cabernet. Dominated by dark fruits and berries, this bold wine has a nice full body and displays a fine balance with suggestions of cedar and spice, followed by a satisfying lasting finish. I selected this as a […]

| January 24, 2013
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Nieto Senetiner Reserva Malbec 2010

Nieto Senetiner Reserva Malbec 2010

At first glance the appealing deep ruby, almost purple color lures you in to this wine. This 100% Malbec from Mendoza Argentina has a lovely nose exhibiting plum and red cherries. Aged in French oak for 12 months, gives this medium-full bodied red that hint of vanilla. It presents all you would expect from a  […]

| January 17, 2013
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Grog, Meet Mulled Wine

Grog, Meet Mulled Wine

This recipe is somewhat of a blend of grog and mulled wine. Mulled (or spiced) wine was popular in Victorian England at Christmas and grog originally referred to a drink made with water or “small beer” (a weak beer) and rum, which British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon introduced into the Royal Navy in 1740. Both […]

| January 15, 2013
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2009 Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

We recently discovered a great find from Wente, a family-owned winery in San Francisco, California. Dating back to 1883, this has been a family passion for over 125 years. The original Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings were imported from Bordeaux by Charles Wetmore in the 19th century. Today, the offspring of these vines has grown to a […]

| January 10, 2013
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Guidobono Langhe Nebbiolo 2010

Guidobono Langhe Nebbiolo 2010

Years ago while dining at one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the neighborhood, we discovered a great wine at a fabulous price and continued to order it regularly on our weekly visits. After quite some time had passed they ran out of our “go to” wine and we had to move on to others, […]

| December 27, 2012
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Bubbly Bargains

Bubbly Bargains

With New Years Eve only a few weeks away, Champagne is top of mind for many who are excited to celebrate with family and friends. If you are on a budget in this sluggish economy, you can still enjoy a sparkling New Year. For those who cannot splurge on expensive Champagne this year, here are […]

| December 20, 2012
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