Tagged: Casual Dinner Party

I’m feeling evolved

Sokol Blosser Evolution Red Blend Wow, this has a lot of grapes!  Which is why I couldn’t wait to try it.  This gem from Oregon includes the red grapes, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and Syrah.  Then...

Casual burger night

Wolffer Estate Finca Wolffer Red My Portuguese father in law makes wine every year.  He doesn’t talk about how he makes it, what grapes he uses or when it actually happens.  All I know...

Friends, food and Southern Rhone

Domaine Guy Mousset Les Garrigues Cote du Rhone Villages I think Cote du Rhone wines are generally easy drinking.  I consider these “mid-week” wines.  They are refined but not complicated and usually at a...

Chianti with a side of pasta

Ruffino Chianti Riserva Ducale Chianti is made from Sangiovese grape in the Tuscany region of Italy. Sangiovese is grown in a vast number of regions and creates wine in differing styles. In general though,...

Stop and smell the flowers

Willm Gewürztraminer Reserve When you were a kid did you ever take honeysuckle off the plant and taste it?  You would pick the flower and then pull on the stem to extract the super...

An interesting France find

Locations by David Phinney “F” If you are new to wine and about ready to start exploring new regions outside of your comfort zone this is the perfect place.  These Locations wines are a...

Fall for Chenin Blanc

Paumanok Chenin Blanc Chenin Blanc is a varietal native to Loire Valley in France.  One of the more familiar regions being Vouvray.  California and South Africa (where it is called Steen) also produce quite...

Pairs with pumpkin

Cusumano Nero d’Avola A great buy from Sicily.  For under $15 this Nero d’Avola has more licorice than others I’ve had and lots of dried fruit and raisin.  All the rich dried fruit in...