Category Archives: Red Wines

The Italian Connection: Beaujolais Crus & Ancient Rome

The end of November is here and with it our tables are being adorned with French Beaujolais.  This ritualistic gulping down of Beaujolais is for good reason – not only is the freshly harvested and vinified Nouveau released on the … Continue reading

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Tasty Note: Cascina Roccalini Barbaresco 2010

The Wine: Cascina Roccalini – Barbaresco Vintage (=year): 2010 Producer: Roccalini Classified: DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) I Paid: ~$46 Grape: 100% Nebbiolo Region/Location: Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy A.B.V (Alcohol by Volume): 14.5% Aged: 20 months in large format … Continue reading

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Tasty Note: Umberta Barbera (Barbera del Monferrato DOC)

The Wine: Iuli Umberta Barbera DOC (Barbera del Monferrato) Vintage (=year): 2012 Producer: Iuli Classified: DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) I Paid: ~$11 Grape: Barbera 100%, or “in purezza” as they say in Italian. Region/Location: Cerrina Monferrato, Piedmont. A.B.V (Alcohol … Continue reading

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Lazio Wines Cheat Sheet

Visitors to the Rome’s home region of Lazio will be glad to know that the wine flows ceaselessly, like so much water through the historic fountains of the city! Whats more, it’s been decorating and staining our tables since even … Continue reading

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Out With the Old, In With the Novello!

In case you haven’t heard, it’s Novello season! What is Novello? Novello is an extremely young wine, a sort of younger brother to the better known and more extensively produced French Beaujolais nouveau.  Though Beaujolais nouveau (and its non “new” … Continue reading

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Wine FAQ: Why Do Some Wines Give Me Headaches?

“I don’t like white wine, it gives me a headache.”  This is a phrase I often hear when talking with wine-drinkers from all over the world. But, strangely enough, I also frequently hear “I like red wine but it gives … Continue reading

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Intro to Sangiovese

Say it: san-geeo-VEHS-eh.  This is an Italian grape superstar, that you’ve probably drank but maybe didn’t realize.  Read up, this is your Intro to Sangio’! Grape: Sangiovese.   The name of this native Italian grape has debatable origins, some saying that … Continue reading

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