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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 […]

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 […]

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

Landmark Vineyards ‘Lorenzo’ Chardonnay: Four elegant vintages for the ages

I never gave much thought to drinking aged Chardonnay made in California, believing that French vintners from Burgundy had a monopoly on the terroir and grapes conducive to crafting such outstanding, long-lived whites. The good news is I was wrong – and happily so. In early August, I was among a dozen wine and food […]

Flavor of the day, General Wine, Must Try

Summer Delight: Ram’s Gate Chardonnay with my homemade lobster salad roll

If you are unfamiliar with Ram’s Gate Winery, a small-lot, premium wine producer located north of San Francisco in Sonoma’s Carneros appellation, don’t be alarmed. I was too until several weeks ago. That’s when I sampled bottles of their introductory Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. My first reaction was to repeat the refrain from Neil Diamond’s […]

Flavor of the day, Italian, Uncategorized

Pasqua Family wines tell a love story about Italy with every sip

The Pasqua Family of Verona has a simple philosophy when it comes to winemaking: Put passion and quality into every bottle produced. It also helps that Pasqua’s portfolio of seven wines highlights native grapes – Garganega, Trebbiano di Laguna, Corvina, etc. – and unique terroirs that bring special distinction to the Veneto region. The Pasquas […]