Month: April 2014

General Wine

Little known grapes, elegant wines

If you’re looking for low-cost elegant wines produced from unfamiliar red grapes, here are a few selections I’ve tasted recently. • Tascante “Ghiaia Nera” Nerello Macalese 2010, Sicily, $19.95 — Andrea DiFiore at Andover Liquors recommended this beautiful garnet-colored and accented red wine grown in the volcanic rich soils of  northeastern Mount Etna-area vineyards. I […]

General Wine

Muscadet and 'I': Two wines worth exploring

The best part of exploring wines are the simple surprises you find along the way. My most recent discovery is “Muscadet” — a French white grape that originated in Bourgogne, was destroyed by harsh winters in the early 18th century, and revived in later years in the lower Loire Valley as “Melon de Bourgogne.” Interestingly, […]

General Wine

The secret of Capezzana — sangiovese blends

The rich history and superb wines of Carmignano — and the family-owned and operated Tenuta di Capezzana winery — are no secret to Italians. So why is it that Americans know very little about this small, hidden Tuscan gem located 14 miles east of Florence? “We don’t want to be too famous,” says Emanuele Gastel, […]