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Beyond Malbec: 2007 Bodega Sottano Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

Bodega Sottano is a relatively new winery based in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.  The winery focuses their efforts on Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and has a fairly small production of less than 60,000 cases per year. In the glass, the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva was a deep, saturated, fresh-looking purple. The nose was complex and […]

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In My Glass: Château La Tour Grise ZEC Rosé

The Château La Tour Grise ZEC Rosé undoubtedly will be one of the most memorable rosés – if not the most memorable – I enjoyed during the summer of 2013. Made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes, which are certified biodynamic and organic, the ZEC is both evocative and delicious. We enjoyed the wine over two evenings. […]

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In My Glass: 2008 Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Benefizium Porer

I knew better. I knew better than to buy this bottle of Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Benefizium Porer from the 2008 vintage, and released a year later, in 2013. I knew better after having perused the store’s dusty, dark aisles laden with straggler bottles of wine from vintages long past.  And I certainly knew better […]

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In My Glass: 2009 Bonny Doon Ca’ Del Solo Muscat

It might have had me fooled.  If I had blind-tasted the 2009 Bonny Doon Ca’ Del Solo Muscat I might have guessed that it was actually an Argentine Torrontés. It bears some of the hallmarks I associate with Torrontés – floral notes, orange blossom, honeysuckle. The association should not be surprising given that the Muscat […]

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In My Glass: 2010 Alois Lageder Haberle Pinot Bianco

My enduring fascination with the wines of Alto Adige continues, and the spring months are some of the best times to enjoy wines from this region of northeast Italy. (Though, in truth they should be enjoyed all year round!) The Alois Lageder Haberle Pinot Bianco is a straw yellow, with a clear, bright appearance in […]

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Trade Show #1 – Treasures of Montepulciano

First in a series. “Treasures of Montepulciano” is first in a series focusing on wine trade shows. Essentially, a trade show presents a crash course on wines to retailers, writers, travel professionals and wine educators. Usually focusing on a specific region within a wine-producing country, the event offers exposure to wines either already available in this […]

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On the Chelsea Beer Trail – Mystic Brewery

Previously, I’d covered the Everett Beer Trail. Admittedly, that trail is short consisting of just two breweries – Night Shift and Idle Hands –  located next to each other in a funky warehouse space off  gritty Rt. 99. The Chelsea Beer Trail is even shorter – a single brewery, Mystic,  literally in the shadow of the […]

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A Touch of Bitterness – My Cynar Cocktails

The Italians do bitterness well. They create aperitivi and digestivi  utilizing unusual ingredients thought to have medicinal properties. These products strike a balance between the bitterness of the herbal and vegetal components and the sweeted base wine. Of these, Campari may be the most renowned. However, my favorite is Cynar, whose main ingredient is artichoke leaves(!). […]

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In My Glass: 2009 Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva

I have been a fan of Brancaia Tre for several years. The very well-made and well-priced Super Tuscan has been a regular on my dinner table, and it was definitely time to try another of Brancaia’s offerings, the Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG. Chianti Classico has to be a minimum of 75% Sangiovese, with up to […]

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The 2nd Annual Small Batch Hyper-Local Craft Brew Tasting Event – Kappy’s Medford

Rich Kelter has been instrumental in transforming Kappy’s at Wellington Circle into one of Metro North’s premier retailers of craft brews, local or otherwise. Once again, the “package store” hosted a hyper-local tasting event on Sat., March 9th. Nine local brewers were represented, pouring a total of 34 brews. The place was – you guessed it – “hopping”; I […]

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