Author: Jim Campanini

Flavor of the day, Must Try, Uncategorized, White Wines

Tussock Jumper fills in the “blancs” with these two splendid 2020 white wines

When I open a bottle of Tussock Jumper wine, I anticipate big flavor and a lasting finish. So I was overjoyed with my first tasting of TJ’s 2020 vintage of Chenin Blanc from South Africa and the Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Call it “blanc” season at Tussock Jumper, a wine company based in France […]

Flavor of the day, Must Try, Uncategorized, White Wines

Fetzer’s ‘gutsy’ Gewurztraminer grabs the white wine spotlight

When it comes to pairing a cool wine with spicy Asian or IndianĀ  takeout, I always grab for the “gutsy” Gewurztraminer (geh-VURTZ-tra-MEEN-er). Alsatian versions of the grape are preferably the best, but I’m not fussy especially when I can get a racy, quality white that fits my retirement pocketbook. That’s why I can’t get enough […]

General Wine, Must Try, Uncategorized

Waterkloof’s ‘honest’ Circumstance wines rooted in the earth, wind and chemical-free vines

All across the globe the talk is about clean and renewable energy in order to save the planet. What about clean and renewable vineyards that produce no-chemical, all-organic wines from sustainable farming methods? They are sweeping the globe much to the delight of like-minded consumers. Like screwcaps on bottles, wine drinkers are very adaptable. Quality, […]

Flavor of the day, Must Try, Uncategorized

Bousquet’s Virgen organic red wines take a natural approach to reduce sulfites, preserve freshness (and maybe even help eliminate headaches!)

Worried about sulfites in wines? An Argentinian winery with a long history of organic farming is trying to put those fears to rest. Domaine Bousquet of Mendoza is producing three all-organic red wines under its Virgen label that contain “no added sulfites” – except for those sulfites that are “naturally occurring.” The 2019 vintage wines […]

Events, Flavor of the day, Uncategorized

‘Garagistes’ rule the day at Big River Winery’s 2020 Grape Crush

The 10th annual Big River Winery Grape Crush was another exuberant event, hosted once again by Big River Lodge owners and veteran vintners Jason and Lynn Arabian at their sprawling grounds in West Greenwich, R.I. “Garagistes” (a French term referring to a group of winemakers who made wine out of their garage) and friends began […]