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Tasting Pinot Noir- Does the good stuff matter- (1)

Wine | Tasting Pinot Noir: Does the good stuff matter?

Posted on: September 12th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Sometimes the best way to gain more appreciation for the often-finicky Pinot Noir wine is taste two, or even more, side-by-side. By repeatedly contrasting characteristics like the bouquet, mid-palate, and finish, it is easy to see why the Pinot Noir varietal gets so much attention from wine lovers. Direct comparisons will also settle the... Read More
Novelity Wine Labels- For Fun and Not Too Fancy

Wine | Novelity Wine Labels: For Fun and Not Too Fancy

Posted on: August 19th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Crazy wine labels are a lot of fun, especially the animal ones.  But that does not exclude them from the standard “buyer beware” cautions.  Often you must to be even more careful, because some producers use a catchy label to sell a substandard product. One of the more eye-catching bottle adornments out there this... Read More
Antonelli Monte Falco

Wine | Italy’s Umbria region: Historical and flavorful

Posted on: July 14th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Italy’s Umbria region is reknowned for fantastic vinos, but there are just so many to explore, that picking one out is never an easy task.  But with a bit of historical insight, the choices may become a little easier. Although other saints hailed from the Umbria region, St. Valentine (patron saint of sweethearts) is said to have served as a Bishop in the town of Terni and no doubt was familiar with... Read More
Maple Zin

Wine | Maple Zin: Buying Into Vineyard-Specific Wine

Posted on: June 19th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Most of the time we really don’t pay much attention to the details about where the grapes in our wine come from.  The wine’s region of origin (Napa, Sonoma, Umbria, Bordeaux, Etc.) is all that matters. Just leave all the rest to the experts. But there are a select group of special, self-appointed, wine aficionados... Read More
Damilano Barolo

Wine | Wine from Barolo: Damilano’s Lecinquevigne

Posted on: June 9th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Italians like to say, “Barolo is the king of wine!” and this one puts that right up front.  With its “five vineyards” label, Damilano’s prominent red Barolos and their vineyards go back several generations of family TLC. In fact, Damilano’s Barolo Lecinquevigne is really one of the best ways to get acquainted with a... Read More
Chianti Rufina’s Story Continues: Nipozzano Riserva

Wine | Chianti Rufina’s Story Continues: Nipozzano Riserva

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Nipozzano recently released their 2013 vintage Chianti Rufina Riserva and it once again has all the hallmarks of consistency and subtle changes from year to year.  And according to their owners at Frescobaldi, 2013 was a challenging year with crazy weather in the Tuscany region. It was an especially cool winter, dropping below freezing... Read More
A Portuguese Alvarinho: Zip with that seafood

Wine | A Portuguese Alvarinho: Zip with that seafood

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

It’s not too often that a Portuguese white wine makes it to the seafood spread, but here’s one to savor.  Grown in the northern part of Portugal (Moncao & Melgaco), the Alvarinho grape produces a zippy flavor combo that brings out the depth of seafood flavors. Nortico is well known for producing a light... Read More
Even-Steven: Merlot Cabernet from Medoc

Wine | Even-Steven: Merlot Cabernet from Medoc

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Finding good values in Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon blends continues to be a wine buying challenge, especially if you are looking at all the options available from Bordeaux, France.  As a quick selection, let’s check out the Medoc part of Bordeaux.  It’s always a good value, but with somewhat varied results.  Choose carefully. Why consider... Read More
Swanson 2013 Merlot

Wine | Swanson 2013 Merlot: Cheers to beaucoup winemaking

Posted on: April 22nd, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

In a fitting beginning to Robin Akhurst’s full-time career with Swanson Vineyards, their 2013-2014 Merlots will surely be superior values.  Robin’s expertise in creating internationally inspired wines has provided an excellent foundation for a leadership position throughout his coming years with Swanson Vineyards. This change from Swanson’s previous winemaker (Chris Phelps) makes organizing a... Read More
Cigar Zin- Put Your Nose in a “Stovepipe”

Wine | Cigar Zin: Put Your Nose in a “Stovepipe”

Posted on: April 8th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

My daughter-in-law loves smoky wine.  And the best way to know that she likes it, is if she looks up from the glass and says “yeah stovepipe, now that’s what I’m talkin’ about”. If you’re in her court and like some tobacco and smoke wafting up from your Zinfandel, Consentino has one that may... Read More

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