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  • Delicious Wines for Grilling Season

    Delicious Wines for Grilling SeasonI know I am a bit premature to be heralding summer already but doggone it, warm weather here. Summer is grilling season for our household. Grilling is our favorite season because it gives us a chance to enjoy the beautiful sunsets and great views of the Tobacco Roots and Bridgers from the deck while enjoying summer fare and a good glass of wine. One of the benefits of dining al fresco is that everything tastes good.   Read More...

  • May Wine Club in Friday

    May Wine Club Due FridayWe have some excellent wines again for May Wine Club. Leading off is our first red, the 2014 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Chimeres. The Chimeres is 60% Grenache, with 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre.   Read More...

  • Steals and Deals

    Steals and dealsAn everyday favorite in and around Venice, the wine "Valpolicella" is the blend of Veneto's three most important red varietals: Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes. Classically, they are a delightfully "dusty" palate of dried strawberries, raspberries, and sometimes even the bittersweet of rhubarb. We just received the 2014 Giuseppe Lonardi Valpolicella and it is one of the best of this genre we've encountered.   Read More...

  • What to Know About Barbera

    What to know about BarberaOne of the wines we featured for the Wine Club this month is the Lavignone Barbera d'Asti from PIedmont region of Northern Italy. Several Wine Club members were not familiar with Barbera (bar-Bear-eh) as a grape or as a wine so I'd like to tell you a bit about it. Barbera is the third most widely planted grape in Italy. It is especially prominent in the Piedmont area around Turn where the Olympics took place about 10 years ago.   Read More...

  • Seafood and Red Wine

    In “From Russia with Love”, James Bond threw a bad guy off a train and dryly remarked that he (007) should have been suspicious because the baddie ordered red wine with fish earlier in the evening. For ages, diners have been told that drinking red wine while eating seafood can produce an unpleasant metallic fishy aftertaste. The rule of thumb has been red wine with meat, white wine with fish.   Read More...

  • Just Arrived!

     Contratto Aperitif, Italy  This Aperitif is still made from the original recipe that dates back to 1933 and is based on a mixture of 24 delicately infused premium natural herbs, spices, roots and seeds combined with Italian Brandy!  This winery has a along, fascinating history. It was established in 1867 by Giuseppe Contratto, making Contratto one of the oldest producers of sparkling wine in Italy. The 1919 Contratto ("Metodo Classico") Extra Brut was the first vintage of sparkli...  Read More...