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Monteraponi - Classic Chainti Classico

Monteraponi – Classic Chainti Classico

I am not sure if I find more great wines randomly or by recommendation?  Case in point, Monteraponi.  I have been discovering some hidden gems in unexpected places as of late.  These wonderful discoveries have yielded a few life altering wines like Monteraponi.  The 2008 Monteraponi Chianti Classico Riserva is one of the best bottles...
Fattoria di Felsina & Real Deal Chainti Classico

Fattoria di Felsina & Real Deal Chainti Classico

Chianti often gets ignored in the short list of great Italian wines.  Especially with Brunello di Montalcino sitting nearby.  But there is something inherent to the best Chianti’s that really speaks to a real sense of Italianess.  The wines of Felsina have always embodied that to me.  I am not sure if anyone else out...
Barolo Hot Streak:  Cavallotto

Barolo Hot Streak: Cavallotto

The recent Barolo hot streak continues with Cavallotto, another great classic styled producer.  With the recent discovery of Fenocchio, I am adding Cavallotto to my short list of great traditional styled Barolo producers.  If the 2003 Bricco Boschis is any indication, these guys are doing all the right things.  There is no barrique signature here,...
Checking in on Chianti:  Guess Who's Back!

Checking in on Chianti: Guess Who’s Back!

Chainti don’t get the love it deserves.  Though the wicker basket, spaghetti and meatballs days may be long gone, there is still not a lot of love out there for what might be Italy’s signature wine.  And while my heart may lie further north, there is no denying the place of a good bottle of...
Traditional Barolo Discovery:  Fenocchio

Traditional Barolo Discovery: Fenocchio

While I am not an expert on Barolo by any means, I like to feel that I am pretty well briefed on a good selection of producers.  But when we ordered a bottle of Fenocchio Barolo Bussia 2003 recently at PT we were taking a gamble as I had no idea what we might be...
Rediscovering Chianti - Antico Podere Casanova

Rediscovering Chianti – Antico Podere Casanova

Is it just me, or does Chianti not get enough love?  I will readily admit that I have neglected the region of Chianti for some time now.  But after a few recent experiences I find myself rediscovering Chianti and Sangiovese in a major way; like that classic album by that band that you used to...
Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino 2001 Barolo Riserva “Vigna dei Dardi”

Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino 2001 Barolo Riserva “Vigna dei Dardi”

Man walks into a wine shop… yes, that’s how this one goes.  Man walks into a wine shop; shop keeper is pushing several items, but a 2001 Barolo Riserva for $33.00 strikes a cord.  Producer is not well known to all parties, but buyer is thinking when is the last time he came across a...
Burgundy vs. Rioja vs. Barolo

Burgundy vs. Rioja vs. Barolo

I like to pit my favorite wine regions against each other, like super hero’s if you will.  Except they are not in a battle of good and evil; more like good and good.  So with some friends we drank some Nicolas Potel Burgundy, Viña Real Rioja, and Oddero Barolo (in that order) to see how...
Eugenio Bocchino 2010 Roccabella - Langhe Nebbiolo Discovery

Eugenio Bocchino 2010 Roccabella – Langhe Nebbiolo Discovery

It’s been a minute since I name checked my favorite grape variety Nebbiolo.  But a nice Langhe Nebbiolo can work well at any time of the year, summer included.  The Eugenio Bocchino “Roccabella” Langhe Nebbiolo has been on my radar for a while thanks to the kind folks at Frankly Wines.  They have been pointing...
Foradori 2010 Fontanasanta Nosiola & Orange Wine Fever

Foradori 2010 Fontanasanta Nosiola & Orange Wine Fever

It’s official, orange wine fever has swept the wine world.  It started in Northern Italy with Gravner and Radikon, and it has spread the world over, with examples being produced even in my own backyard in Brooklyn.  So when I spied that one of my favorite winemakers, Elizabetta Foradori, had begun producing an orange wine...
Postcards from Puglia

Postcards from Puglia

Just back from an amazing trip to Puglia.  Puglia is the heel of the boot, but it ain’t no heel.  It’s an amazing region that feels like the real Italy you always imagined.  We enjoyed a lot of amazing food and wine, and there are so many great things about Puglia, but the thing that...
Classic Barolo Diner @ Aurora

Classic Barolo Diner @ Aurora

Okay, so first off, it’s not all Barolo.  Mostly.  But it’s all classic.  I love the Nebbiolo grape.  More than most.  Maybe most of all.  So there is that in common here.  Basically, I planned an impromptu dinner with some wine loving friends, and we had a great night, with great wine, great food, and...