Listen to “Three Rieslings are Not a Crowd” on Spreaker. It’s been a sweltering summer and Chip and Lainie have been seeking relief by drinking super-crushable, low alcohol wines. They try an old standby, Vinho Verde by Broadbent, and Brand Red 2020, a funky glou-glou from Germany. Both are crisp, low alcohol, and utterly refreshing!… Continue reading Hot Days, Cold Wines: What to Drink When the Temperature Climbs
Listen to “Southern Syrahs: Hand of God & Mollydooker” on Spreaker. Chip and Lainie take a deep dive into Syrah, sampling Hand of God from Argentina and Mollydooker’s “The Boxer” from Australia. As is often the case, both marvel at how the same grape can express itself so differently.
Listen to “Italy’s Scarce Summer Wines” on Spreaker. It’s getting hot out there and we are all about light, refreshing wines from Italy. Sadly, this week’s wines from Cascina Feipu Dei Massaretti are in short supply here in the United States, but we really do love Pigato and Rossesse wines and encourage folks to try… Continue reading Italy’s Scarce Summer Wines
Listen to “Vanguard of the Zin Revolution” on Spreaker. The Russian Revolution was all about Red Vs. White (armies), which is analogous to how Zinfandel is understood and consumed here in the United States. Make no mistake: Neither Lainie nor Chip is a communist, they are nonetheless firm “red” partisans when it comes… Continue reading Zin Revolution: A Review of Easton Zinfandel Amador County 2015
Listen to “Dueling Darkness: Pinot Noir from France and Willamette Valley” on Spreaker. Pinot Noir is a tricky grape and wines made from it can easily go wrong. Yet, they can also be incredibly delicious when done well. This week, Chip and Lainie are joined by their friend Tom Hall for two bottles of Pinot… Continue reading Tale of Two Pinots: Burgundy & Willamette Valley
Chip and Lainie got out of Europe (metaphorically, of course) and back to the states this week. Lainie found this HUGE Syrah, Petite Verdot blend from Santa Barbara. She experienced extreme nostalgia and Chip wondered at how such a juicy, fruit-forward wine could still have such structure. Wine: Para Maria De Los Tecolotes (Please note that… Continue reading A Night (Owl) to Remember: Stolpman Vineyards “Para Maria”
Chip and Lainie do a deep dive into their glasses and manage to thoroughly enjoy this unusual wine from Italy. Perfumy, soft, and feminine, this was an unexpected treat. Wine: Lacrima Di Morro D’alba Producer: Lucchetti Country of origin: Italy Vintage: 2018 Wine type: Red wine Varietal: Lacrima Cost: $17 Disclosures: We purchased this wine… Continue reading Tears of Joy: A Most Unusual Red Wine
Wine: St. Daniel Pinot Nero (Blauburgunder) Riserva (note that the link is to the 2017 vintage) Producer: Colterenzio (Schreckbichl) Country of origin: Italy (Alto Adige) Vintage: 2016 Wine type: Red wine Varietal: Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) Cost: $18 Disclosures: We purchased this wine ourselves and did not receive it as a sample or gift.… Continue reading This Nero Doesn’t Fiddle Around