Sunday, June 1, 2014
So when I went to drink it I assumed it would be past its prime and opened it to drink with some leftover pasta and crawfish pie.
Wow! This wine showed beautifully. It was a touch clear of the rim but nothing alarming and from first sip to last it was exceptional, particularly for a pinot noir that once retailed for a modest $22.00.
It had enough fruit and acid to go against the spicy crawfish pie yet the the mouthfeel was soft and the bright fruit flavors remained through to the finish. Had I blind tasted this one I would never have guessed its age.
Would I suggest holding it a few more years? No. If there is any more of this wine lingering in your cellar, liberate it, drink it now, and enjoy!
Monday, May 19, 2014
An special anniversary, your 50th birthday? A child's graduation?
Don't. Last month, friends used the occasion of an Easter pot luck to open a bottle of 1990 Moet & Chandon Cuvee Dom Perignon.
It was 24 years old and it could still been lively and delightful champagne, as many of these reviewers on cellar tracker have experienced. But sadly, it was not.
For every 24 year old bottle that survives and draws a great review there is another that gets dumped down the drain.
This bottle suffered the latter fate. While it still had some slow bubbles at first pour, it went flat soon after and was clearly oxidized. As you can see the color resembled a yellow diamond without the sparkle.
The moral: Don't wait. Surely you can find a good reason to drink a nice champagne at least once a year--First date night with Hubby in months, nasty boss got fired, pay raise that you didn't expect, a scratch lotto ticket that finally paid off. You get the idea...
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I have been to Italy more than a few times. I love Italy. Who doesn't? But Piedmont offered the trifecta of grape, delicious food, and people who are passionate about all of it. And affordable dining and lodging.
Recently I had the pleasure of spending five days leading a tour of women from the US (We called ourselves the Grape Girls!).
See what this region has to offer!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
I found it to be very drinkable now. Fruity and light in body, it paired beautifully with New Orleans style crawfish pie and caesar salad. Even without food it presented well, with good balance and a lush mouthfeel.
I hope to try more from Michele Chiarlo when I get there. So far I have booked appointments with Tenute Rocca, Ceretto, Conterno Fantino, Rocche Costamagna, Vietti, Marchesi Di Gresy and Marchesi di Barolo.
Check back with us on the www.lovethatgrape.com website to find our favorite stops posted, including our stops in Milan and Lake Maggiore.
Fino ad allora...
Sunday, May 12, 2013
I am in the planning stages of organizing a women's trip to the Piedmont (Piemonte) wine region in the northwest part of Italy for one week Sept 14-21, 2013. This is the perfect time to go and visit this region as there are two major foodie and wine fests taking place during this time, and it's the prime hunting season for the famous white truffles that this region is known for. This package will be a land only package starting in Milan for one night then spending five nights in the heart of the wine country of Piedmont at and ending up in Milan for one night. We will be lodging at Agriturismo Ca Brusa in Montforte d'Alba which is owned and managed by the Ca Brusa wine-making family and home to one of the best restaurants in the area.
If you are interested in finding out more please contact Laura through the website www.lovethatgrape.com.
Monday, March 18, 2013
I recently featured the 2011 Man Vintner Chenin Blanc at two Wine Safari educational events to rave reviews.
This is not a steely, lean, minerally French Chenin Blanc but a South African. A different animal. Lush, viscous, made from free-run juice with a good amount of exposure to the lees, resulting in a hedonistic mouthfeel and a full expression of fruit flavors including tropical, green apple and guava.
And a great bargain too. I recently found this on sale at Whole Foods for $6.95, thought it normally retails around US$11.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Outside of wine, travel, photography, and storytelling have been passions of mine. Recently I decided to combine all four in a series of travelogues I will present in Florida this spring, starting with a travelogue at The Wine Exchange in Tampa, FL on February 12, 2013.
In March, I will be headed to Estero, FL to present a wine safari travelogue and tasting at the Rapallo community. I look forward to the chance to share my travels and adventures in wine with other wine enthusiasts and travellers.
Below are some of the slides from trips to France, South Africa, Italy, Napa, and Spain. Check back as I update this site to include the details of these trips and links to help you plan your next wine trip.