Archive for the Italy Category

2006 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva, Toscana, Italy

I am happy to be presenting the 2006 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva. All too often wines that are available to me, may not be available to every reader that drops by the website. That is a healthy thing in terms of wine diversity, but an obstacle in sharing a common bond with readers. The Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva is a wine that is available in many markets and is worth writing about. I have a long standing appreciation for Chiantis. When done right they are a marriage Read more [...]

Sannino Herculaneum 2009 Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio DOC Bianco, Campania, Italy

This wine is a fourteen dollar lesson in what is so great about wine. This white Lacryma Christi de Vesuvio from Sannino is a history lesson, a geography lesson a wine education and wonderful dinner mate all squeezed into a 750ml bottle. Having visited Campania, it is also a mouthful of nostalgia back to the pre-kids days when vacation meant hiking all day and drinking all night.   The history lesson starts with del Vesuvio. Referring to mount Vesuvius, the volcano that erupted and covered Read more [...]

Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico DOCG 2009, Toscana, Italy

While doing wine and music matches it is fun when the song pops into my mind before the first drop drips down the wine drain at the back of my mouth. The Tuscan Fèlsina Berardenga 2009 Chianti Classico is Black Velvet by Alanah Myles. No ifs, ands or butts.   The nose tickles with cherry and ripe tomato. The gulp brings in very strong and typical Chianti flavours, but this wine is all about feel and balance. Ms, Myles had an international smash with Black Velvet, not because the song Read more [...]

Thierry Puzelat & Alessandra Bera, Two Natural Wine Makers.

I had an arranged date with a couple of wine makers at a bar called Philemon in Old Montreal last week. Thierry Puzelat, Loire-based wine maker, took a moment to express how he thinks writing about wine is a little overrated. Art, he claims, is worth discussing, because it is a creation of man, wine just happens so why bother talking about – just drink it. I love how everything is an existential conversation with the French.  I am happy to say we both agreed that wine should be looked upon as Read more [...]

Firriato Primula Nero d’Avola 2009, IGT Sicilia, Italy

Want a good deal? The Primula Nero d'Avola might be one of the best deals on an inexpensive wine I have tried in a while.  Costing $10.45 at Quebec's SAQ, this is only 46 cents more than a bottle of Barefoot that sells for $9.99.  Not that Barefoot is necessarily a measuring stick for the wine industry, but it will let you gauge what this wine might cost where you live.   What gets me revved up about this wine is that unlike lots of cheap wines, it has character, it has typical Sicilian Read more [...]

Cesari Merlot Venezie IGT 2009, Italy

This is pretty much the least expensive wine I have purchased in a while. Costing a mere $7.45 in Ontario, you need to have limited expectations right? Inspired by the Super Tuscans, this traditionally French grape is grown in Italy and I will say it does taste Italian. The colour range is typical of Merlot, dark but not inky. Chocolate, earth, wood work the nose which is quite appealing. The fragrance reminds me of some wines from the North West of Italy. The taste is a little bit scattered, some Read more [...]
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