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Joseph Phelps 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage emergence: Joseph Phelps 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on: October 4th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Most of the time, top-shelf wines produced by Joseph Phelps are not very affordable and sometimes hard to get.  But the 2014 vintage was a year of ideal growing conditions and a wonderful harvest.  This all translates to some really fine wines becoming within reach of many buyers who may have passed them up... Read More
Tasting Pinot Noir- Does the good stuff matter- (1)

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

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

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

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 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

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

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
Perfect Summer Sipping: Sofia Brut Rosé And Brut Rosé Minis

Perfect Summer Sipping: Sofia Brut Rose And Brut Rose Minis

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 by Press Release No Comments

This summer everything will be coming up rosé with the latest expansion to Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s wildly successful Sofia label. The second sparkling wine in the winery’s celebrated collection and constructed in the fashion of French Crémant, Sofia Brut Rosé‘s light effervescence and fruity floral notes are an exhilarating reminder of rosé’s superiority... Read More
Even-Steven: Merlot Cabernet from Medoc

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

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