Month: May 2019

Flavor of the day, General Wine, Must Try, Red wines, Uncategorized

Weekend Wine Deals: Two California Cabernets for $20 or less

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 […]

Events, Flavor of the day, General Wine, Italian, Red wines, Uncategorized, White Wines

Giorgio Rivetti’s art is in La Spinetta’s gorgeous wines

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. […]

Flavor of the day, General Wine, Italian, Must Try, Red wines, Uncategorized, White Wines

A super holiday wine deal: Il Bastardo and La Bastarda

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. […]

General Wine, Red wines, Uncategorized, White Wines

Video 4: Winemaker Katie Santora of Chehalem Winery

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). […]

Events, Flavor of the day, General Wine, Must Try, Red wines, Uncategorized, White Wines

Video 3: Naseem Momtazi of Maysara Winery

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 […]

Events, Flavor of the day, General Wine, Must Try, Red wines, Uncategorized, White Wines

Video 1: Gabi Prefontaine, Willamette Valley Vineyards (Oregon)

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, […]