Wine and Lottery tickets – 1973 Rivera Castel del Monte DOC

I haven’t purchased many lottery tickets over the past 30 years. Maybe a few when the jackpot gets above $300 million, or something; maybe I’ve purchased twenty tickets in my life. But, when I do buy the tickets, my mind starts to wander (and wonder!) toward the possibility of such a thing actually happening –…

Tuscan Masterpiece – 2013 Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino

My nearly one month stay in Montalcino zone last year produced some really eye-opening moments. Specifically, the careful, and clever, attention that some winegrowers (and that number appears to be growing, an uplifting thought) are paying to their land and vines is exciting. It’s almost as if there’s a revolution underway – a campaign where…

The Falkenstein Farm Winery & Vineyard, Alto Adige goodness

I first had this wine, the 2013 Falkenstein Riesling about a month ago. It was one of those wines that lingered in my thoughts even after several days. Purity, beauty, powerful but balanced flavor – these things, to my mind, anyway, can do this sort of thing, affect me for well after I’ve had the wine. Such…

2011 Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore – a tale of two wines

had picked these up in August of this year; shipping to my house occurred about 3 months later, after it had cooled down. Which is to say that the wine has had about 45 days of rest before I pulled the cork. This is something I rarely do, most of my new-release purchases are stored…

Wine Crackers (are bad for you)

What usually happens when someone tells you something you really don’t want to hear? Is it a good outcome? Uh, yeah…no, not really. But, I’m going to do it anyway – in the hope that maybe just one person might pick up (and adopt?) just one thing. So that’s where my bar is – one…

Maison Anselmet – a lovely marriage of land, tradition & innovation

I’ll be writing an in-depth report regarding my time at Maison Anselmet, in particular, my time with Renato Anselmet the man that started this excellent winery on its way in 1978 when friends convinced him to bottle some wine for them to purchase, as well as the wines he was already making for himself, but…

2010 Az. Agr. Montevetrano – beauty in a bottle

I’ve yet to write/post of my time with Silvia Imparato in May of this year – one of the most enjoyable wine (and otherwise) moments of my life, but I shall, in good time. Last night I opened a bottle for a friend whom I knew had never had this wine before, in fact, he’d…

Az. Agr. Gilberto Boniperti – another rising star in Alto Piemonte

This is a really small winery, but they’re producing some big results. I have to ask myself, is the quality so good because there’s just 3Ha to farm (i.e. because it’s possible to give greater attention to the vines/land than if there were, say 20Ha), or, what might be possible if there were 6Ha, and…

Le Pianelle – another great gem from the Alto Piemonte

Recently, I had the chance to taste the wines of Le Pianelle. Since that time, I’ve had a chance to further investigate this project – what I’ve learned so far points in a few directions, consistently: it’s a story of quality, fortitude and vision. You can find plenty of good information on Le Pianelle HERE…

La Prevostura – four wines you need to know

I recently attended the first of what I genuinely hope becomes an annual event, TasteAltoPiemonte, 2017, in Novara, in the northern half of Piemonte. The setting was in the Castello di Novara,; once inside the tasting area, there are few vestiges of a ‘castle’, as the room is clean, bright and modern, i.e. the opposite…