Daily Archives: November 24, 2022

Ottella – Ethics and Aesthetics

Installation by artist Julia Bornefeld – Golden Drop, 2018 A love of the vineyard, the landscape of Lugana and art. The pioneering spirit and wisdom of a patriarch applied to a project whose core values are quality, respect and beauty. These principles have given shape to Ottella, an estate that covers the most treasured areas of the Lugana DOC. The …

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Dispell That Thanksgiving Wine Anxiety

The American Thanksgiving holiday always brings with it a predictable set of responses. Americans fret over what wine to serve with this impossibly complex feast, and American wine writers write columns and articles in one of two varieties: which specific wines they think are good pairings, or what you should do instead of trying to pair wines with your dinner. …

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Vieille France Brut Champagne

Here’s a new Champagne hitting the Costco shelves, and the first thing you notice is the super cool bottle design that is short and stubby; neat label too. The price was right at $27.99, which is a level where you rarely find real Champagne, outside of the $19.99 Kirkland Champagne, which we always enjoy. Online the price for this bottle …

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2016 Canonica a Cerreto Chianti Classico

This Chianti Classico had a few things going for it that made a strong case for throwing a bottle in our cart. First, we love Chianti Classicos, and particularly those with 5-7 years of age on them, so this 2016 fit the bill quite nicely. It’s drinking really good right now. Next, we remembered tasting a super Tuscan blend from …

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2018 E Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge

This bottle is a fairly familiar sight around Costco wine aisles. It seems to appear almost every vintage, and usually sticks around for a while, especially at the stores we frequent around the Atlanta area. And it’s a real treat because it is just a solid, dependable, and inexpensive wine that you should definitely try if you haven’t tasted it …

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Le Piane: producer profile and six wines tasted

Le Piane vineyards. Alto Piemonte, an east-west wine territory in northern Piedmont, has attracted a good deal of critical attention over the past decade, especially with its Nebbiolo-based wines such as Gattinara, Ghemme and Lessona. While quality is impressive with the best examples, there have been too many inconsistent releases, despite many favourable vintages in recent years; new plantings that …

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Christmas 2022: Wine & Spirits Advent calendars

With one month to go until Christmas, ‘tis the time to start the official countdown with the exciting daily surprises of an advent calendar. A ritual that is made all the more interesting if behind each door you find a delicious tipple. Spirit and wine-filled versions have already become a tradition in their own right, creating almost as much anticipation …

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International Carmenère Day: 15 award-winning wines to discover

The obscure and almost forgotten grape variety of Bordeaux, Carmenère has been given serious attention in Chile, with very good examples to be found across the country. Sharing parentage from Cabernet Franc with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Carmenère tends to display herbaceous notes alongside red and black fruits and layers of spice. Like Merlot, Carmenère wines typically have silky, supple tannins, …

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Cars and wine: A chat with Camilla Lunelli of Ferrari Trento

Max Verstappen, Charles Leclarc and George Russell on the podium. The 2022 F1 season finale took place on 20 November in Abu Dhabi, marking the climax of a 22-race spectacle which saw Max Verstappen (son of ex-F1 racer, Jos Verstappen) crowned champion for the second time on 9 October in Suzuka at the Japanese Grand Prix. Verstappen’s team, Red Bull …

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