Month: June 2016

Events, Flavor of the day, General Wine

Napa Valley's Purple Heart wine is in Lowell

Odd ’n ends … • Purple Heart Wine, distributed in Massachusetts by United Liquors, is now available locally at Tutto Bene Wine & Cheese Cellars in downtown Lowell on Prescott Street. I wrote about the Bordeaux-style blend (Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot) several weeks ago when it first hit the East Coast( The Napa Valley wine is crafted by winemaker and […]

Events, Flavor of the day, General Wine, Red wines

Zin-Phomaniac: Big, bold, sexy wine for the Fourth

Barbecue, fireworks and American-made red Zinfandel. What could be better on the Fourth of July? Since the black-skinned grape was introduced to America in the mid-19th century, Zinfandel (also known as Primitivo) has become the closest thing to natural in California vineyards. It’s where some of the world’s most luscious Zinfandel wines are crafted. When I drink Zinfandel, I […]


Dark Horse comes out strong

There’s a new Dark Horse out of California that’s caught my eye — just in time for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. But instead of betting on it, you drink it. It’s the maiden vintage (2015) of Limited Reserve Dark Horse Rosé, produced by E&J Gallo Winery of Modesto. I tried it recently at dinner with the […]


Alto Adige, Chianti Classico wines make the mark

, The first spring wine tasting of the Mill City Mass Media Oeniphiles Club was a study in contrast: three whites from Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige region and three reds from Tuscany’s Chianti Classico zone. The seven tasters — five women, two men — showed a preference for the Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico bottlings. […]