Cabernet was planted at the Sassicaia vineyard because it reminded Mario Incisa della Rochetta of Bordeaux, with its sandy and gravelly maritime soils. He wasn’t wrong; the expression of the grape is elegant yet strong.
The St. John wine list is appropriately democratic, and alongside the coveted Grand Crus are well-made, affordable wines from across France.
Cissac is one of the best of the Cru Bourgeois from Bordeaux and is a well-made wine that won’t break the bank. Plus, it will exceed the reds headed for supermarket shelves.
There is a golden thread running through the multitudes of tributes to Clayton Ruby’s legal career that he was always kind to his clients and generous with his colleagues.
It stands to reason that since many if not most of the world’s big, powerful red wines come from warm places like the Mediterranean Basin, South America, South Africa, Australia, and California, they ought to do just fine on a Dog Day.
It seems curious that Rome’s wines are not more widely known. If you have eaten well in Rome, it’s very likely you have drunk Bellone and Cesanese, and it’s entirely possible they were made by Casale del Giglio.
The world is opening up again following the long pandemic years. What better way to reaffirm the pleasures of life than sitting down with friends and drinking some good German wine?
Italy’s Abruzzo region, on the coast of the Adriatic, has the twin most desirable moderating characteristics of a Mediterranean wine-producing region: altitude and coastline.
The 200 odd Chianti Classico producers, whatever they put on their labels, and however they classify their wines, are still delivering some of the best buys and most pleasurable food wines around.
There will always be a new wine to try, even if all that’s changed is the vintage. There will always be a new wine region to find out about, even if it’s just a corner carved out of an old one.