Favorite 50 Wines in 2021

Favorite 50 Wines in 2020Happy New Year! As we began 2022, we compiled a list of our favorite 50 wines in 2021. And what a year it was! First, we finally took some short road trips to Washington and Oregon wine countries. For example, we drove to Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Leavenworth, Lake Chelan, Carlton and Willamette Valley. Next, we also enjoyed many wonderful wines at home or with friends. Therefore, this list exemplifies the favorite 50 wines that we tasted last year. In other words, you might have other favorites, which we have not tasted. That’s the beauty of having so much wonderful wine available in the world. Read on for more details. Continue reading

Wine for the Holidays

Holiday WineGood wine for the holidays helps to make the season fabulous. Therefore, we have compiled our personal list of holiday wine — special sparkling, white and red wines that we enjoyed during 2021. Eight sparkling and white wines, plus 12 red wines, round out our top 20 recommendations of wine for the holidays. Moreover, their prices range from an unbelievable $11 to a whopping $150. Read on for details.
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Albino Armani

Albino ArmaniUntil recently, we liked Pinot Grigio, but we didn’t love it. But then we tasted wine from the master, Pinot Grigio Specialist Albino Armani in Italy. Now we love it. At a webinar with this Pinot Grigio expert, we discovered that the name Albino Armani has its roots in 400 years of passion for wine. Hence, the full name, Albino Armani Viticoltori dal 1607. Today, his family owns five estates, comprising of 330 hectares of vineyards. The wines are divine. And they’re available in the U.S. Read on to learn more.

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Youngberg Hill Visit

Youngberg Hill VinesOur recent Youngberg Hill visit with winemaker/owner Wayne Bailey was both educational and fun, as we learned about his 31-year-old biodynamically farmed vineyard and his non-intervention winemaking process. Back in March, we tasted some of his wines and were so enamored, we just had to take a road trip to Oregon wine country. Just 10 minutes from downtown McMinnville, Youngberg Hill sits on a 50-acre hilltop with spectacular views. Read on to find out about their story, wines and beautiful inn. Continue reading