Wine of the Day: 2016 M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rosé

2016 M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rosé; This wine embodied everything I love about rosé ! It’s crisp, refreshing, utterly quaffable and delicious! My tasting notes follow Pale pink color with salmon highlights and strawberry, watermelon, white peach, wet stone and a kiss of garrigue aromas. On the palate it’s between light-bodied, dry, crisp and refreshing with…

My Favorite Under $20 Pét-Nat; Patrice Colin “Les Perles Gris” #Winophiles

This month the French Winophiles are exploring affordable ($20 or less) French wines. I must confess that when it comes to affordable wines, Spain and Chile are top of mind for me.   France is not; with two exceptions – the Loire Valley and Beaujolais.  For this month, I turn to the Loire Valley for…

Two Easy Summer Meals And Two California Rosés #WinePW

I adore Rosé wine!  Here’s why.   Rosés are such a versatile wines at the table, they give me a break from thinking about, or in some cases over-thinking food and wine pairings.  Consequently whether one is a professional, such as a sommelier or chef; wine enthusiast, or a novice, when it comes to food and wine…

A Taste of Navarra #Wine; Spain’s Best Kept Secret

Are you familiar with the Navarra wine region of Spain?  I wasn’t, until I recently had an opportunity to sample a diverse selection of wines from the new to me region.  I received six sample wines that included a diverse selection of traditional Spanish grape varieties – Tempranillo, and Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache), and  international varieties Cabernet…

Wine of the Day: 2009 RARECAT Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Lieu Dit “Vinum Deus”

It’s refined and harmonious with a delicate mousse, vibrant acidity and a brioche, apple, Asian pear, citrus (lemon and a kiss of tangerine), white peach, white flower and hazelnut character RARECAT is thrilled to work in partnership with one of the oldest, most respected families still producing champagne.  The Michel Gonet family has produced champagne…

A Taste of Lugana; 2013 Tenuta Roveglia “Vigne di Catullo” Lugana Riserva #ItalianFWT

When I saw this month’s theme for the Italian Food, Wine, and Travel Group (#ItalianFWT)  was Alpine Wine, I had flashbacks to the multitude of experiences my wife I had when we traveled to Italy last fall.  We were there for three glorious weeks.  After flying into  Milano in Lombardy region, we wound our way through a…

2016 Estate Crush Albariño #AlbarinoFiesta

The sixth annual celebration of the Albariño grape is being celebrated this week from August 2nd-7th.   The annual event was established by TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society).  In years past the event was only celebrated one day, but for 2017, it is being celebrating for nearly a  week.  It coincides with the Fiesta del Albariño held…

2016 Oak Farm Vineyards Albarino #AlbarinoFiesta

The sixth annual celebration of the Albariño grape is being celebrated this week from August 2nd-7th.   The annual event was established by TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society).  In years past the event was only celebrated one day, but for 2017, it is being celebrating for nearly a  week.  It coincides with the Fiesta del Albariño held…

Wine Of The Day; 2016 Ridge Rosé Lytton Estate

2016 Ridge Rosé Lytton Estate…harmonious with racy acidity and ripe strawberry, raspberry, subtle Meyer lemon, nuanced spice and a hint of apricot flavors and a lingering savory finish Ridge Vineyards is relatively new to the trend that is rosé (though they did make a White Zinfandel in the 70s!) in the US.  According to cellar tracker…

2016 Conn Creek Malbec Rosé #WineStudio

Last month I participated in the #WineStudio Rosé program.  The online program,  which included a virtual tasting of a diverse selection of wines from France, Spain, Mendocino and Napa Valley was held each Tuesday in June.  The last week featured the 2016 Conn Creek Malbec Rosé. I previously posted about  a tempting trio of high quality…