Wine of the Day: 2014 Bodega Garzon Tannat

Grapes for the Bodega Garzon Tannat were hand-picked and fermented in large concrete casks.  After fermentation the juice was transferred to neutral French oak barrels and untoasted French oak casks (2.5-5k liters) for 12 months of aging – six months on lees, plus six months in French oak barrels and casks. Nearly opaque violet color with…

Ten Favorite Under $20 Widely Available Sparkling Wines

For about a year now, I’ve  been contributing to Snooth’s Wine Writer’s Series.  My latest contribution to the Snooth Wine Writer series was the Holiday Sparkling  Bottle Pick List.  Myself and seventeen of the web’s best wine writers (not quite sure how I snuck in… but I’ll take it!) made no limit recommendations for sparkling wines for the…

Wine of the Day: 2014 Josetta Saffirio Langhe Nebbiolo

2014 Josetta Saffirio Langhe Nebbiolo; A harmonious blend of Nebbiolo and Merlot offering very good value! This wine, from the Langhe DOC, is a blend of 85% Nebbiolo, and 15% Merlot.  The grapes are sourced from the  Comune of Monforte d’Alba where the predominant soil type is ‘Elveziano’, which is best described as marine deposits showing…

Patrick Bottex “La Cueille” Bugey Cerdon Rosé #Winophiles

The December theme for the French Winophiles is “French Fizz”.   Our group of writers and bloggers are  exploring sparkling wine from all over France.  When I saw the theme, I knew I wanted to try a new to me sparkling wine from France.  But what to try?  I’m a shameless Champagne whore.  And I’ve had…

Wine of the Day; 2015 Peter Zemmer “Rollhütt” Pinot Noir

2015 Peter Zemmer “Rollhütt” Pinot Noir  – If you’re looking for an Old World Pinot Noir for under $20 …look no further! This wine hails from the Suditrol sub-region of the Alto Adige DOC, which borders Austria and Switzerland in northern Italy.  Grapes for this wine were sourced from vineyards in the immediate vicinity of…

A Caboodle of Cabernet Franc for #CabFrancDay

Celebrating #CabFrancDay with a caboodle of Cabernet Franc from California, Oregon and New York Last weekend I participated in the 2nd Annual #CabFrancDay.  #CabFrancDay is a celebration of the Cabernet Franc grape variety.  It was established by Lori Hoyt Budd of Dracaena Wines last year. “The era of Cabernet Franc is nearly upon us.”  – Wine…

Wine of the Day: Bruno Paillard “Première Cuvée” Brut Champagne

Bruno Paillard “Première Cuvée” Brut Champagne – “refined, ebullient, and impeccably balanced…“ This wine is a multi-vintage blend of more than 30 crus, each vinified separately.  It is composed of Pinot Noir (45%), Chardonnay (33%) and Pinot Meunier (22%); part of which (20%) was in barrel for the first fermentation.   It includes between 20-50%…

Exploring Cru Beaujolais: A Great Everyday Red Wine #Winophiles

This month the French #Winophiles take a virtual trip to Beaujolais.  Between Beaujolais Nouveau and Thanksgiving, Beaujolais seems to mostly be a seasonal wine.  But it can be more than in a seasonal (holiday) wine.  I explore its possibilities as an “everyday” red wine. My inspiration to explore Beaujolais as an everyday red wine came…