Month: February 2015

General Wine

Chapoutier's 2013 Bila-Haut is a wine to treasure

If you are looking for an adventurous red wine, try the 2013 Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem from France’s Roussillon region. It’s a blend of Syrah (50 percent), Grenache (40 percent) and Carignane (10 percent) that delivers character and complexity often found in more expensive wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux. This is the third Bila-Haut vintage I’ve […]

General Wine

Romance can be this winter's ice-breaker

  What do I want for Valentine’s Day? When the Wine Goddess asked, I didn’t hesitate a reply. I want one of those mammoth snow-melting machines that Gov. Charlie Baker just purchased for the Commonwealth. She didn’t laugh. Instead she felt my — our — pain. Since the new year, 77.3 inches of snow have […]