Fire up the barbecue – it’s grilling season and time for some summer reds. So bring out the glasses and pour your favorite red wine to complement tangy ribs, juicy hamburgers and succulent steak. Likewise, find some cedar planks to barbecue salmon, halibut or swordfish that pair well with Pinot Noir. Above all, here are 40 summer reds that we tasted from Washington, Oregon, California, British Columbia, South Africa, Italy, Armenia, France and Chile. Continue reading →
We recently tasted three unique Italian wines — two were new to us, and the third was a new vintage of a favorite from last year. The first two are from San Felice, the historic estate located in the heart of Chianti Classico: Il Grigio Classico Riserva 2018 and Chianti Classico 2019. Next, we opened Cantine Ermes Nero d’Avola Riserva 2018. Last Thanksgiving, we poured the 2016 vintage, which was one of our preferred wines of 2021. Read on for more details.
Our exploration into the wines of Cantine Ermes continued last week, as we opened five wines from their Vento di Mare and Quattro Quarti collections. We previously tasted three Ermes wines last Thanksgiving. Cantine Ermes is one of the biggest organic wineries in southern Italy. Their wallet-friendly, tasty wines drink above their price point (from $12-$18) and are available in the U.S. Read on for details. Continue reading →
Thanksgiving is around the corner. And this year looks a bit more hopeful than last year, when many people, including us, celebrated the holiday at home or braved the cold for small gatherings outside for happy hour. This year, more people are traveling to see family and friends, or similarly attending small dinner parties. What wines for Thanksgiving will you open to enjoy at happy hour, and with your turkey and sides? Do you know yet? If not, read on for six suggestions. Continue reading →