February 3, 2018: Wines from Spain & Portugal

Casa Ferreirinha Planalto Reserva, Douro 2016 Regular Price $14.99 Sale price $11.99 This white blend of 25% Viosinho, 20% Malvasia Fina, 15% Gouveio (Godello), 15% Códega, 15% Arinto, 5% Rabigato, and just 5% Moscatel (any more tends to be a bit too much) comes from relatively high-altitude vineyards above the river Douro. Pungent, dry and[…]

Vermouth & Aperitif : February 17, 2018

Lillet Blanc, Bordeaux Regular Price $21.99 Sale price $16.99 In 1872, Raymond and Paul Lillet, fine wines, liquors and spirits merchants, funded Maison Lillet. They created the first and only aperitif from Bordeaux, the Lillet (called Kina Lillet until the 1970s), a blend of wines and fruit macerations crafted in Podensac cellars. Sniff and you’ll[…]

Cocktail Time!

All things go out of fashion eventually; many are re-discovered by a subsequent or future generation. Cocktails are perhaps exceptional in that they were fashionable for about 80 of the past 100 years. As a soon-to-be senior and an amateur alcohol historian, I can easily recall the cocktails of the 60’s and 70’s and my[…]

Wine is for Lovers

I’m not going to dive down some rabbit hole and conjecture some mysterious connection between St. Valentine’s Day and Roman bacchanalian rites to support my topic. Nor am I going to attempt to wax poetically on the alleged romantic virtues of red or sparkling wine. And, let’s just get it out there…wine is no more[…]

Wine Tasting, February 10, 2018: Wines for St Valentine’s Day

Cava Mont Marcal Rosado, Brut 2016 Regular Price $19.99 Sale Price $15.99 A delicious and beautifully colored sparkling rosé, the wine expresses cherry and plum aromas with fresh bright berry flavors following. It’s a joyful, lovely, delightful wine. Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas Rosé  2016 Regular Price $29.99 Sale price $23.99 Old vine Cinsault with younger[…]