We were over at the Wine House in West LA to pick up some Holus Bolus syrah and managed to come home with another 18 bottles of wine. Brutal! Looking for good value reds can be a little challenging, but this one was marked as a Staff Favorite and cost ~$10. So, it seemed worth…

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A delicious aperitif can help prepare you for a meal or just work to divide the day from the night. The photo above was taken at about 10:30 in the morning, however, when G & I were on vacation. This was on Day 3 at a little waterside bar/restaurant in Venice in the Dorsodoro district.…

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Went out to Drago Centro last weekend with our friends. The food was even better than when G & I had gone back in January. This time, instead of sampling a number of wines by the glass, we got a bottle barbera that was very nice. I havent done any research on the 2006 Sandrone…

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Things don’t always go as you plan, especially when on vacation. I had thought that I’d take a little time each day to post. But I didn’t. Lesson learned. Above is the view from the apartment we stayed in at the start of our 2-week trip to Italy. We found it through Views On Venice,…

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Thursday was our first night in Verona and after walking the old town decided to pop out for a glass of wine and some tapas. We had read somewhere of a winebar very close to the hotel, so we decided to go there and then have dinner later. This place was no wine bar but…

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I’d been checking out personalwinebuyer‘s blog and saw a post for a Fontodi (Chianti Classico) from Panzano. G & i were in Panzano for a few days back in April, 2007. That’s the bulk of the town of Panzano in the photo. We timed our trip to coincide with an annual celebration based on a…

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Oh sure, it’s toothpaste but it is so much more. Check out the packaging. G came across this stuff when we ran out of toothpaste on a trip to Italy. The box: Foil, embossed, the crazy green. Well, not only does this toothpaste come fully loaded on the design end, it also has an unforgettable…

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When was the last time you had a lambrusco? And if you’re thinking “the 70s” you can just say “no” instead. We got turned onto lambrusco over at the oft-mentioned palate food+wine on our first visit to their wine bar when we asked for something to pair with some charcuterie and pork rillettes. Dubious yet…

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  I picked up my first bottle of this at the Wine House in West LA back in 2007 and enjoyed it enough to look for some more of it. I found that Wine Exchange in Orange, California had it for about $26/bottle, so I picked up 6 of those. Sadly, this may be the…

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