Tag: red wine

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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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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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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Ernesto Catena Tahuan Malbec 2010

Ernesto Catena Tahuan Malbec 2010

The offspring of the famous Argentinean Catena family delivers a quality Malbec that stands on its own. Ernesto, the son of Nicholas Catena, one of the most popular producers in Mendoza, was born into the wine business and understandably learned some of the best winemaking techniques from his father. Ernesto’s artistic flair and desire to […]

| December 13, 2012
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Valpolicella Classico Superiore Zenato 2010

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Zenato 2010

Since the typical Valpolicella is a blend of three red grapes (corvina, rondinella and molinara) and sometimes other varieties to make up the balance, there is a wide spectrum of quality. But with winemakers putting a greater emphasis on this blend, currently there are some wonderful options to choose from. The Valpolicella Classico Superiore Zenato […]

| November 29, 2012
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Great Affordable Thanksgiving Wine

Great Affordable Thanksgiving Wine

Spanish wines have grown in popularity throughout the last decade, primarily because of the fruit forward Tempranillo grape, which with rising popularity is pleasing to many palates. With that in mind, my first pick for affordable Thanksgiving wines is Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2008. This well balanced wine offers black cherry, plum and […]

| November 15, 2012
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