Tre Bicchieri Amarone

March 3, 2019

Tre Bicchieri Amarone from Pietro Zardini got my attention at the 2019 Tre Bicchieri tasting.

My Favorite Tre Bicchieri Amarone wine is the 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Leone Zardini Riserva . This is an Amarone Riserva that is so enjoyable today.

You can produce a Chardonnay in the United States or France but you can only make an Amarone della Valpolicella in Italy.

2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Leone Zardini Riserva

The grapes in this 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Leone Zardini Riserva are 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella and 10% Molinara grapes.

The wine is rich on the nose with dried cherries and spices. At 16% alcohol, the wine on the palate is full bodied. There are ripe dried cherries with cocoa and raisin notes. It all comes together so beautifully.

Before we are able to enjoy this Tre Bicchieri bottle of wine, the grapes first goes through four months of natural drying. Then the wine is aged in clay pots and barrels for four years.

Tre Bicchieri Amarone for sure.

Tre Bicchieri Amarone Riserva Pietro Zardini

Beyond the Clouds

March 2, 2019

Beyond the Clouds is a wine produced by Elena Walch in Alto Adige, Italy.

This wine is more than a Chardonnay. The wine is predominately made from Chardonnay grapes but also with a mix of other “Secret” grapes. I am going to guess that there is some Pinot Gris in that blend.

The 2016 Beyond the Clouds wine is so fresh and floral on the nose.On the palate we have this complexity. There are almonds, citrus, melon and some notes from the new French oak barriques used during the fermentation process. The wine finishes long, soft and balanced.

Do not miss out on her other great tasting wines: Schiava and Pinot Grigio V. Castel Ringberg.

Washington’s Birthday

February 17, 2019

Wooward Canyon Pepper Bridge Winery

Washington’s Birthday is another great reason to enjoy wines from Washington State.

Woodward Canyon Winery and Pepper Bridge produce some good wines from the Walla Walla Valley in Washington State.

Celebrating Washington’s Birthday with Woodward Canyon and Pepper Bridge wines.

Happy Birthday George.

2016 Vintage Bordeaux Wines Favorite from UGCB

January 25, 2019

St Julien sign at 2016  Bordeaux wine Tasting2016 vintage Bordeaux wines (UGCB) tasted came across as generally good.

Overall we found the most enjoyable wines were from the St. Julien region.

2016 Vintage Bordeaux Wines Favored

We tasted the below 2016 vintage from the Union Des Grands Crus De Bordeaux. In Alphabetical order, we found these to be our Favorite Wineis.

1) Chateau Beycheville

2) Chateau Branaire Ducru

3) Chateau Gloria

4) Chateau Gruaud Larose

5) Chateau Langoa Barton,

6) Chateau Leoville Barton,

7) Chateau Leoville Poyferre

8) Chateau Talbot




2016 Vintage Bordeaux from the Union Des Grands Crus Bordeaux

January 24, 2019

2016 Vintage Union Des Grands Crus Bordeaux WelcomeOn January 21, 2019 the weather may have been in single digits in New York City but in a room full of 2016 vintage Bordeaux wines, it was hot.

Members of the Union Des Grands Crus de Bordeaux brought sample bottles of the 2016 vintage to share a taste. Over 130 Chateaus were present with over140 wines to taste from.

However there is a disappointment for those wines that are Cabernet Sauvignon dominant. It was not the best year for the growth of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Quality grapes were reduced and resulting in less Cabernet Sauvignon being found in many of the blends. Merlot and Cabernet Franc came to the aid of the blends.

Favorite Wine IS coming next.




2014 Col D’ Orcia Brunello Di Montalcino Favorite

February 2, 2019

2014 Col D Orca Brunello Di Montalcino2014 Col D’ Orcia Brunello Di Montalcino is our Favorite Wine of the Benvenuto Brunello tasting selections.

2014 had a difficult growing season. The 2014 Col D’ Orcia is a good representation of what good wines were made in 2014. Sangiovese demonstrates its terroir in this balanced wine.

This 2014 Col D’ Orcia wine truly is showing Grace Under Pressure of the 2014 Brunello Di Montalcino vintage.

Enjoy this wine today.

A wine to look for.

Moscadello Di Montalcino from Capanna

February 1, 2019

Capanna Moscadello Di Montalcino

 2016 Capanna Moscadello Di Montalcino with Lady Elenacaviar Capanna Moscadello Di Montalcino is a sweet wine from Montalcino,Italy. It is made from Moscato Bianco grapes. The grapes ferment in stainless steel tanks and then will age in the bottle for several months before release.

The wine gives floral moscato fruity aromas and is sweet but with balance.

Food Pairing Recommendations-Sweet and Salty

Enjoy it with sweets such as dried pastry, fruits or ice cream.

It also pairs well with the salty such as potato chips and caviar.

2014 Brunello Di Montalcino a Vintage of Grace Under Pressure

January 31, 2019

2014 Brunello Di Montalcino is a vintage that is described as a vintage with Grace Under Pressure.

Across the whole growing season and among all the growing regions it was very difficult. It was wet in the first half of the growing season and cool. At the end of September 2014 (Harvest Time) it started to rain. Then there was a dry spell through October which allowed the grapes to mature a little more. As a result, the yields were greatly reduced.

It was so difficult that one of Tuscany’s top producers, Biondi Santi, will not be releasing any  Brunello Di Montelcono from the 2014 vintage.

For those who made wine, the hard work paid off. The 2014 Brunello Di Montalcino wines were not the most powerful but true to the Sangiovese grape variety of Montalcino.. These wines have more elegance and finesse.

The following wines are representative of what you can find in the 2014 vintage.

Enjoy then all !

Villa Poggio Salvi



San Polo


Banfi Pogio Alle Mura

2014 Masi Campofiorin

March 12, 2018

Masi Campofiorin is a Venetian wine that introduces you to the flavors of

2014 Masi Campofiorin

2014 Masi Campofiorin

an Amarone. This is a great wine to try and get tempted to try an Amarone.

This wine is made from the Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties which are also found in the Amarone’s from Masi.

Amarone is made from the above grapes but they are dried. they are dried for about 12 days and will look like raisins at that point. Moisture gone and just the sugar and flavor remains This Campofiorin is vinified and then re-fermented with a small percentage of semi-dried grapes ( 42 days of drying) of the same varieties.

The 2014 Masi Campofiorin  represents 50 years of making this wine. This is one of James Suckling’s choice of great Italian wines. He gave this a rating of 92/100. Enjoy this 2014 Campofiorin with some aged cheese.

Great Wines of Italy from James Suckling

March 7, 2018

Great Wines of Italy as selected by James Suckling are wines not to be missed.

James Suckling has created a list of his Top 100 Wines of 2017.

100 wines were selected from the over 3,500 wines tasted by James Suckling and his team of tasters. We had the opportunity to taste many of these top 100 wines and noticed that there was a dominance of Tuscan wines.

Overall, we are in agreement that these are Great Wines of Italy.  With only one wine in 2017 earning a perfect score of 100 points, we are calling this the My Favorite Wine Is Tua Rita Toscana Regaffi.

The top 7 of these Great Wines are:
  1. 2015 Tua Rita Toscana Redgaffi   100 Points
  2. 2013 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala  99 Points
  3. 2015 Petrolol Valdarno di Sopra Galatrona  99 Points
  4. 2015 Fattoria Le Pupille Maremma Toscana Saffredi 99 Points
  5. 2015 Bibi Graetz Toscana Testamatta      99 Points
  6. 2015 Tenuta Sette Ponti Toscana Oreno    98 Points
  7. 2012 Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino   98 Points


2015 Tua Rita Redigaffi Great Wine 2015 Petrolo Valdarno di Sopra Galatrona

2015 Fattoria Le Pupille Maremma Toscana Saffredi015 Tenuta Sette Ponti Toscana Oreno

2015 Bibi Graetz Toscana Testamatta


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