When I hear “Bonanza”, I think instantly of the wildly popular 1960s action-packed western TV series starring actor Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright and his three disparate sons – “Hoss” (Dan Blocker) was my favorite – corralling steer on the Ponderosa ranch and defending it from unscrupulous bad guys. If only the Cartwrights had planted […]
Month: May 2019
A real-live rhinoceros has never set foot in Italy, yet Piemontese winemaker Giorgio Rivetti graces his La Spinetta winery bottles with an image of the magnificent animal. Does it have anything to do with the wines? “There’s no connection to the vineyards or Italy,” Rivetti replies with a mischievous grin. “I just love the art. […]
Here’s my best buy of the Memorial Day weekend from Renzo Masi Winery in Tuscany: Il Bastardo Rosso (Sangiovese di Toscana) and La Bastarda Pinot Grigio (Sicily) – a red and white for holiday parties. Both are on sale through May 27 at New Hampshire State Liquor & Wine outlets for $6.99 and $8.99, respectively. […]
I’ve had a transformation. In February, I wrote a blog post on my frustration about drinking wine out of a can. I’m not a wine snob by any means but lifting a cold aluminum can to my lips only to have the wine rush out and up my nose was nearly debilitating. When I drink […]
The rain will stop at some point but even if it doesn’t, these summer wines will bring rainbows of delight to your table as they did mine. Attems Ramato Pinot Grigio 2017, Friuli, $9.95* – Note the star in the price. Ramato sells for $19.95 and is on sale in N.H. to make way for […]
In this video, Jane Brooks Heuck, managing director of Brooks Winery, tells the secret of biodynamically crafted 2017 Riesling ($20). The Riesling was delicious and dry, with gorgeous up-front grapefruit and lemon aromatics and flavors. Also tasted the 2015 Janus Pinot Noir ($38).
In this video, winemaker Katie Santora explains the philosophy of crafting pure, transparent wines at Chehalem in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. She was joined by Micelle Kaufmann, the winery’s communications director, at the Boston Pinot in the City event. We tasted the Three Vineyard Pinot Gris ($20), INOX Chardonnay ($20) and Three Vineyard Pinot Noir ($30). […]
Naseem Momtazi is the national sales director of Maysara Winery and one of three sisters who work in the family’s wine business. The elder Momtazis emigrated to Oregon from northern Iran after the fall of Shah Pahlavi during the 1979 Islamic Revolution. They settled in the Willamette Valley where they farm more than 500 acres […]
In this video, Raptor Ridge Winery founder/winemaker Scott Shull describes the conditions for making his Barrel Select Pinot Noir ($30) and Temperance Hill Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Boston’s Pinot in the City event held Thursday, May 2 at The Castle at the Park Plaza hotel was a spectacular smash. Sixty wine producers from Oregon’s Willamette Valley shared their world-class Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay at a magnificent tasting. I couldn’t get to every booth in my three hours of tasting, […]