Category Archives: Tasty Notes

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: Santa Caterina – Chianti DOCG 2011

The Wine: Santa Caterina – Chianti Vintage (=year): 2011 Producer: Castelvecchio Classified: DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) I Paid: ~$11 Grape: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Region/Location: Chianti – San Casciano Val di Pesa – Firenze (Tuscany) A.B.V (Alcohol … Continue reading

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Autumn Aperitivo – Cocchi Americano Rosa

Need something to take the edge off the work day and stimulate your appetite for the fall?  Look no further than one ruby red bottle: Cocchi Americano Rosa. Cocchi [say it: Co-KEE] is a vino aromatizzato (=a wine that has … 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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Tasty Note: Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese DOC 2011

What on earth is “Grignolino“, you ask?  It’s a somewhat unappreciated Italian black grape variety that has its home in Italy’s prominent Piedmont region, in the areas of Asti and Monferrato.  It makes wines that are light, fruity, quaffable, and … Continue reading

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Tasty Note: Sot lis Rivis, Pinot Grigio 2011

Allow me to introduce both my cat, photobomber extraordinaire “Mini Panther”, and this very interesting Pinot Grigio by Ronco del Gelso. Pinot Grigio, identical to the French Pinot Gris (genetically the same though wine styles differ), are by now pretty … Continue reading

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Tasty Note: Orvieto Classico DOC 2012

Orvieto is a picturesque town sitting high up on top of a steeply sloped butte in the region of Umbria.  Orvieto Classico is a DOC designated wine that is produced entirely within this defined “classic” area and solely with grapes … Continue reading

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