Reviews

NV Casa Farvive Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG

I love the shape of this bottle. It’s short and fat and looks like the top-half of a magnum. Perhaps not the best fit to store on a wine rack, but this type of wine can be stored upright for years without compromise. I don’t personally recommend storing this wine for years, however. I usually head straight to the large …

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Rosés of Pinot Noir from Around the World: The 2018 Vintage

Rosés made of Pinot Noir are the stars of this year’s rosé tasting. They’re typically light red in color, fragrant with red cherry and pomegranate scents, medium bodied with good fullness in the mouth, and flavorful with flavors that mirror the bouquet. Like every other category of rosé they vary from region to region and producer to producer.  Despite stylistic …

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2 Legit 2 Quit (The Revitalization of Château Pédesclaux)

Ah, good old, dependable Château Pédesclaux. Well, for those in the know when it comes to Bordeaux, this Pauillac producer was dependable for decades… in that one could usually depend on it to under-perform. Established back in 1810 by the wine broker who gave it its name (Pierre Urbain Pédesclaux), Pédesclaux rose to prominence rather quickly by Bordeaux standards, being …

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2016 Tenuta Valleselle Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore

We reviewed the previous vintage of this wine, so I was interested to try the 2016 release. Once again, the empty bottle could double as a weapon, easily twice as large and four times as heavy as your standard 750ml. This is a DOC wine, meaning that production follows the rules required in order to label the juice “Valpolicella Ripasso.” …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 10, 2019

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.  They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented …

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New Sparkling Rosés from North America, Europe and South Africa

Sparkling rosé is made all over the world.  In this article, we review new releases from North America [California, New York, Oregon, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia] and Europe [Austria, France] and South Africa. Sparkling rosés come from numerous grapes—almost all vitis vinifera—and are made using various techniques that contribute effervescence to the wine.  Those interested in learning more about …

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