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Bolmida Barolo

by winenews on Jun.15, 2011, under Reviews

Did you ever hear the words fresh or clean to describe a wine, especially a Barolo? Well that pretty well describes the wines of this small producer in the Piedmont.
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Castorani Majolica Rose

by winenews on Apr.14, 2010, under Reviews

Many decades ago, back in college, when we wanted to go upscale and move from beer to wine, we many times ordered a classic rose wine.  For us that was upscale.  We’ve come a long way since then, and now see rose as a summer wine-juice with very little cache.  Then we tried Podere Castorani Majolica Cerasuolo.  It’s a 100% Montepulciano D’Abruzzo variety, pink in color, and a perfect  light wine.  And a great value in the $10-15 range.  (continue reading…)

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Yarno Trulli Rosso

by winenews on Feb.18, 2010, under Reviews

Recently we tasted Podere Castorani Majolica rosso which is a 100% Montepulciano D’Abruzzo variety and a great value.  We hoped that Yarno Trulli signature variety would be as good.  Maybe Yarno has his name on the wrong wine.
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Majolica Rosso

by winenews on Feb.10, 2010, under Reviews

If you like red wines with a nice grapey punch, you need to find Podere Castorani Majolica.  It’s a 100% Montepulciano D’Abruzzo variety and a great value.  Goes really good with pizza, and I enjoyed it with meatloaf as well.
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2009 Harvest

by winenews on Feb.04, 2010, under News

In 2009, almost every wine growing region dealt with extreme weather challenges.  Heatwaves, excessive rain, and weather extremes made the 2009 year tricky for many areas in both the USA and in Europe.  Following is a short summary and what might be expected for 2009 vintages.
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VinItaly 2010

by winenews on Dec.12, 2009, under News

Business, promotion and information are the keywords of the 44th Vinitaly, scheduled 8-12 April 2010 (www.vinitaly.com). Always a platform for meetings between supply and demand, the largest International Wine Exhibition is upgrading its services for companies in order to support them during this difficult market period and prepare them to grasp the opportunities that will arrive with the economic recovery.
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Da Vinci Chianti

by winenews on Nov.06, 2009, under Reviews

Near a town made famous by the great Leonardo da Vinci, a modern-day renaissance is underway. The Cantine Leonardo da Vinci, an innovative winemaker and grower’s cooperative, is producing a masterpiece in the historic region of Chianti. “These wines are the best of two worlds,” says winemaker Alberto Antonini, “a pleasing balance of classical tradition and cutting-edge technology. The end result is soft, fruit-forward Chianti more appealing to today’s tastes.” Truer words, perhaps, were never spoken. Da Vinci Chianti and Pinot Grigio reflect a local commitment to quality that goes back to Leonardo’s time.

Cantine Leonardo Da Vinci, located in the heart of the Chianti region was founded in 1961. It is located in the Tuscan town of Vinci, nestled between Florence, Pisa, and Siena in the Montalbano region of Chianti. As a grower’s cooperative with over 500 hectares (1,236 acres) under vine throughout the Chianti Region, it sources only the finest grapes from premium Chianti and Chianti Classico vineyards. The result is premium, concentrated fruit which is then skillfully crafted into distinctive Chianti by renowned Italian winemaker Alberto Antonini.

The Da Vinci Chianti is deep crimson in color with aromas of cherries and red fruit balanced by soft, round tannins.  We found this wine at Trader Joe’s for about $10.  It may be the softest best tasting Chianti we ever tried, and is a tremendous value at that price.  Da Vinci also makes Chianti Classico, Reserva, and Brunello.  We hope to find them and try them all.

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The Proper Wine Glass

by winenews on Oct.23, 2009, under Articles, Tips & Terms

How to choose a Glass

Every wine has certain organoleptic characteristics which are different from any other.   For this reason, every wine should be served in a proper glass capable of exalting its characteristics. Wine glasses come in different shapes and characteristics, sometimes considered as “extreme” because of some producers who tend to make specific shapes and styles, not only for certain wines, but also for specific wines made of certain grapes or coming from certain areas.  The shape of glass helps a wine to express better and every glass usually is the result of specific studies and researches, both on the organoleptic perception of aromas and flavors, as well as on characteristics and physical conditions that favor their perception.
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Global Warming & Wine

by winenews on Oct.23, 2009, under Articles

When you talk to grape growers and winemakers today, they will tell you climate is a major factor in how good a vintage will be.  Researchers have found that vintages have improved as temperatures rose over the last 50 years, especially in areas with cooler climates. Vineyards in cooler climates, such as   Oregon   ,   Washington   and   British Columbia   , could continue to benefit from global warming. These findings could prove troublesome for vineyards in traditionally warmer regions.
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Wine Drinkers Live Longer

by winenews on Oct.23, 2009, under Articles

Drinking red wine and cooking with olive oil may help us to live longer, say scientists. Figures from the European Union show that people living in Mediterranean countries like   Spain   and   Italy   can expect to live longer on average than people in other countries. Key ingredients in both substances can significantly increase the lifespan of yeast.  Since yeast and humans share many genes, scientists have speculated they may have the same effect in people. The findings provide more evidence to suggest that the Mediterranean diet may be the secret to living a long and healthy life.
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