November 4, 2013

Paul Bara Champagne

After the birth of a child, some women want jewelry, some a spa treatment; e, I wanted Champagne- good Champagne! After nine months of no alcohol, ok I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a sip of wine here and there, I decided that I wanted to end my alcohol hiatus with some of the best celebratory wine out there. I called up a fellow wine lover friend in France and had her ship me an arrangement of interesting Champagnes. One of the first bottles we popped open upon my return home, was a Grand Cru from the village of Bouzy, by Paul Bara. With 170 years of experience, this vineyard produces seven Champagnes, from white to rose’, from a classified 100% Grand Cru terrain.  The Brut Reserve’ we had was a non vintage, and is the base wine. The bubbles were slightly on the large size, but numerous and rose quickly to the top of the flute. The limestone and chalky smells, the minerality of the wine, were the most impressive aspect- refreshing and inviting. Lemon, grapefruit and apricot also came through on the nose, adding a slight sweetness to the overall bouquet. The bubbles exploded in the mouth and sparkled on the way down. The acidity and minerality followed and the alcohol was balanced.  Besides the big bubbles, the only other ‘problem’ was the length of the flavor- it was short. Of course, I am just nit picking, because overall this wine is ten times better than most Champagne you’ll find for the same price, and it’s sold all over the US.  

A rainy and sunny visit with Lis Fadis
June 19, 2013

A rainy and sunny visit with Lis Fadis

Outside of Cividale, Friuli, the vineyard Lis Fadis, which means ‘the fairytale’  in Friulan dialect, sits atop an ampitheater like hill.  Filled with rows of vines and fruit bearing trees, the view here is spectacular.  We arrived just before the rain hit, visiting the vines on their 9 hectares of …Read the Rest

Tenuta Tomasella
December 4, 2012

Tenuta Tomasella

Getting the opportunity to visit a winery during the harvest period is a treat!  This past September I brought friends to visit the Tenuata Tomasella winery, on the border of the Veneto and Friulan states of Italy.  Here, in the small town of Mansue’, the vineyard grows behind a beautiful …Read the Rest

Vina Speri, Rioja from La Guardia
September 21, 2012

Vina Speri, Rioja from La Guardia

While most people spend their vacations sitting on a beach, we take ours to wine country.  This year brought us to the Basque country, Navarra and Rioja, some of the most incredible areas of Spain for food, wine and nature.  We ate and drank our way through 12 days of …Read the Rest

A tasting with Stefano Inama of Inama Soave wines
September 17, 2012

A tasting with Stefano Inama of Inama Soave wines

A recent research project brought me to the medieval town of Soave, where I met up with famed wine maker Stefano Inama.  A vineyard started by his father back in the 50′s, Inama is known for his incredibly mineral white wines and is now experimenting with reds in the area …Read the Rest

Southern Tuscany
September 1, 2012

Southern Tuscany

Tuscany is famous for its food and wine.  Big cities like Florence and Siena see thousands of tourists daily.  But the real Tuscany lies south of the mayhem, along winding roads carved between rock, or cut through forests of marine pine trees. As I drove down a narrow road in …Read the Rest

Illasi Valley, Valpolicella Day 3
August 8, 2012

Illasi Valley, Valpolicella Day 3

After waking up on the third and last day in Illasi, I was welcomed by a delicious breakfast prepared out in the garden of Villa Aldeghieri.  The owners, a couple and their son, were extremely warm and welcoming and tried their best to treat you well in their home/B&B.  A cappuccino, …Read the Rest

Illasi Valley, Valpolicella, Day 2
July 26, 2012

Illasi Valley, Valpolicella, Day 2

Our early rise offered a morning slightly grey and spotted with clouds.  I can’t say I didn’t mind, since the heat and humidity for the past few days was too much.  We left Hotel Zorzi and headed to our first appointment of the day,  Az. Agr. Dal Forno.  A much …Read the Rest

Illasi Valley, Valpolicella, Day 1
July 21, 2012

Illasi Valley, Valpolicella, Day 1

The Illasi Valley is a photographers’ dream.  Lying just east of Verona at the foothills of the Alps, this territory is known mainly for the grapes that grow here, those that create the powerful Amarone wine.  It is not all viniculture.  The valley is spotted with Venetian Villas and medieval …Read the Rest

South Ridge, Blanc de Noirs, 2009
June 30, 2012

South Ridge, Blanc de Noirs, 2009

It seems like everyone lately is trying to help out their fellow citizens by buying local products, both with food and textiles.  That goes for wine too; and in England, producers are working hard to up the quality of what has been a flourishing product.  England is definitely not known …Read the Rest

Jaspi Blanc 2010
June 18, 2012

Jaspi Blanc 2010

It was a hot, and surprisingly sunny, day in London and my friends and I were ready for a nice bottle of refreshing white wine.  We stopped to sit at Vinotech and ordered something from Spain.  From the Terra Alta region in Catalonia comes a wonderfully warm and refreshing wine …Read the Rest

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