Author: Jim Campanini

Must Try, Uncategorized, White Wines

Artesa Winery: Lights, cameras, action and fabulous Chardonnay

Artesa Winery is small winery in Napa Valley that makes artisanal wines, principally small-batch Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Albarino and Tempranillo. The wines are very good and sometimes hard to obtain, although some have trickled into New Hampshire State Liquor & Wine Outlets. Artesa and its wines were featured in the recent movie “Wine […]

General Wine, Uncategorized, White Wines

What do Kim Crawford, Sarah Jessica Parker and Charles Krug have in common? Bright, exciting Sauvignon Blanc for hunkering down

Life goes on – at home – and I’m not going to let the COVID-19 outbreak get me down. First, I want to express my gratitude to all the medical personnel and first responders who are on the front lines during these difficult times and helping the nation’s coronavirus victims. Second, I send my prayers […]

Flavor of the day, Italian, Must Try, Uncategorized, White Wines

Grillo – clean, crisp, tasty – is the go-to white wine for seafood and Lent

For Christians all across the globe, especially Roman Catholics, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a very sacred  season leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. For Catholics, this is known as the 40 days of Lent when abstinence, or fasting, from meat is observed on Wednesdays and […]

Flavor of the day, Italian, Must Try

Valpolicella della Amarone Classico is a wine to cherish special moments

Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico is not a wine that you’d likely choose to drink every day. First, it’s expensive compared to other Italian wines. Second, it is a powerful, opulent, dry red that is best served during prized moments of reflection or as the piece de resistance to a spectacular, substantive meal (osso buco or […]

Flavor of the day, French wines, Italian, Must Try, Uncategorized, White Wines

Making a ‘V’-line for vibrant, vivacious – and even vegan – Viognier

“V” is for Viognier, a “noble” white grape of France’s Rhone Valley that depends on warm, sunny climates to bring out its best features. Condreiu, located on the right bank of the Rhone River, is famous for its exclusive production of Viognier wines that tend to be medium- to full-bodied, perfumey, fruity, and dry. The […]