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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 […]

General Wine, Must Try, Red wines, Uncategorized

There’s star power behind Frank Family Vineyards’ Napa Valley wines

Rich Frank had the money and Hollywood connections to launch his own winery in 1992, but it was no guarantee of success in the big-time Napa Valley market. Fortunately, Frank’s knowledge of and passion for wine, expert business sense, and close-knit family talent were the most valuable assets in the overall equation. The former president […]

Must Try, Uncategorized, White Wines

Artesa Winery: Lights, cameras, action and fabulous Chardonnay

Artesa Winery is small winery in Napa Valley that makes artisanal wines, principally small-batch Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Albarino and Tempranillo. The wines are very good and sometimes hard to obtain, although some have trickled into New Hampshire State Liquor & Wine Outlets. Artesa and its wines were featured in the recent movie “Wine […]

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

Grillo – clean, crisp, tasty – is the go-to white wine for seafood and Lent

For Christians all across the globe, especially Roman Catholics, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a very sacred  season leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. For Catholics, this is known as the 40 days of Lent when abstinence, or fasting, from meat is observed on Wednesdays and […]

Flavor of the day, Italian, Must Try

Valpolicella della Amarone Classico is a wine to cherish special moments

Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico is not a wine that you’d likely choose to drink every day. First, it’s expensive compared to other Italian wines. Second, it is a powerful, opulent, dry red that is best served during prized moments of reflection or as the piece de resistance to a spectacular, substantive meal (osso buco or […]

Flavor of the day, French wines, Italian, Must Try, Uncategorized, White Wines

Making a ‘V’-line for vibrant, vivacious – and even vegan – Viognier

“V” is for Viognier, a “noble” white grape of France’s Rhone Valley that depends on warm, sunny climates to bring out its best features. Condreiu, located on the right bank of the Rhone River, is famous for its exclusive production of Viognier wines that tend to be medium- to full-bodied, perfumey, fruity, and dry. The […]

Champagne, Flavor of the day, French wines, Must Try, Spanish wines, Uncategorized

What’s the cost of love? Four Valentine’s Day sparklers that fit the bill for elegance

Wine consumption in the United States declined slightly in 2019 for the first time in 25 years. Two categories, however, showed increased sales: sparkling wine and rose`. Americans love their bubblies and for good reason. We party. We celebrate. We romance. And we spend money on premium sparkling wines. Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) offers the […]