Category: Flavor of the day

Flavor of the day, Uncategorized

Un-Oaked Chardonnay? Try Pam’s and plunge palate first into Ron Rubin’s delicious Russian River Valley wines

When Ron Rubin purchased River Road Winery in the heart of the Russian River Valley in 2011, he took on the personal challenge of developing a Chardonnay that would win over his wife Pam’s palate. Pam, as the story goes, didn’t like most Chardonnays. And with the help of chief winemaker Joe Freeman, Team Rubin  […]

Flavor of the day

Looking for inspiring taste? Try Robert Mondavi’s Napa Valley Fume` Blanc and Chardonnay

Robert Mondavi’s 2018 Fume` Blanc from Napa Valley is better than ever, showcasing the iconic winery’s innovative spirit in producing richer tasting Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of Semilion. The entry level Fume` Blanc, which I recently sampled, offers ripe fruit from Napa’s top vineyard sites at Wappo Hill, To Kalon, and Oakville District. Its […]

Flavor of the day, General Wine, Uncategorized

Hunker Down Series No. 8: Break out with fruity, delicious, carefree and chilled canned wines

So what canned wine is in your beach cooler? It’s a timely question now that states are relaxing COVID-19 beach bans and allowing residents to head back to the sandy shores – albeit with social distancing protocols in place. In recent years, sales of canned wines have increased dramatically, and the coronavirus crisis has done […]

Flavor of the day, French wines, Uncategorized

Hunker Down Series No. 3: Chateau Malescasse 2016, a Bordeaux bargain beauty

Chateau Malescasse 2016 (SRP $24) is an exceptional Left Bank value from Haut-Medoc, the result of a classic growing season that yielded Bordeaux’s biggest production output since 2006. While the highly acclaimed vintage pushed up Bordeaux prices an average of 13 percent – some Grand Crus jumped 60% – Chateau Malescasse bucks the trend and […]

Flavor of the day, Uncategorized, White Wines

Hunker Down Series: Hess Select Rose`, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay

If you purchase six or more bottles of any Hess Collection wines, the Napa Valley winery will deliver the package to your door for $1 in shipping costs. That’s a pretty good deal, one of many now being offered by wineries coast-to-coast in their shop-from-home campaigns during the COVID-19 crisis. The Hess Family Estate offers […]

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 […]