Vesuvio Rosso

Here’s a nice sub-$20 food wine. Nice acid and balance, a little bright cherry and a hint of smoke from the volcanic soil. Pretty ruby color. This could very well be wine that Pompeians drank as the sky darkened and ash began to fall. Or maybe not. But if they did, they’d probably have this…

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Blue Bonarda

In a recent issue of Food + Wine magazine, they had a feature on “alternate reds” along with recipes to accompany. Not ever having tasted a bonarda before, as far as I know, the photos of the recipe looked great. So, we headed over to Silverlake Wine and picked up a bonarda. This one, from…

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A happy mistake

This Pascal Bellier 2009 Cheverny was supposed to be a white. I’d picked it up at Silverlake Wine  and didn’t really look at it too hard until i was stowing it at home. Reds from Cheverny in the Loire valley are predominately Gamay. Not cab franc, which is prominent to the west. So, think cru beaujolais…

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Cherasuolo di Vittoria

Last night, we used these strawberry tomatoes from the Hollywood Farmers Market to make one of our favorite pasta dishes. The orecchiette turned out very well, although it took a little longer in the oven to get the tomatoes to break down to a mushable mash. We’d opened up the Planeta the night before. This…

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Bugey

As seems to be the case lately, whenever I try a wine that I like and go back to buy another bottle or two for posterity (or next week), the result is the same. “Sorry, that’s the last of it. Not sure if we’ll see that again.” Hence the problem with wine shops specializing in…

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What a Jewell

From the Coturri website/order form: Pinot Noir Jewell Vineyards Barry and Kate Roach’s Jewell Vineyard is located on the upper part of Sonoma Mountain. The vines are 55 years old, planted on the classic St. George Root stock and grafted with an old clone, probably from an original Burgundian source. The vines are dry farmed,…

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Bretons!

I was just searching through the site and realized I’ve never reviewed any of the wines by Catherine et Pierre Breton, renowned organic Loire Valley winemakers. Loire Valley reds tend to be made of cabernet franc; these are no exception. Perhaps the Bretons are best known for their Bourgeuil Trinch and Chinon Beaumont, we’ve had…

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A little gamay, but I like it

What would you say to a grand cru beaujolais for ~ $12? OK, so, this isn’t beaujolais, but it is a fine example of a gamay-based table wine. Actually, calling it table wine is a little demeaning. It’s so much better than that. This wine comes from the area near Amboise in the Loire Valley.…

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A Mirador for the Balcony

No, this is not El Mirador, the giant Mayan site in Guatemalan. This is a very cost-conscious priorat from Spain. We picked this 2007 up from Silverlake Wine for ~$25/bottle including tax. Online, I’m seeing it for $15 at Woodland Hills and  $18 at The Wine House (both in the LA area). The tasting that…

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Frappato

Made our old favorite, orecchiette with chard and sausage and was really wanting to have a Passopisciaro with it for dinner. But, we didn’t have any around so I thought another Sicilian wine might fill the fill. Occhipinti is a red blend of nero d’avola and frappato and is very light, crisp and refreshing –…

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