Recommendation: An OUTSTANDING Italian red.

Winery/Producer: Azenda Agricoli Foradori; Mezzolombardo, Italy.

Grape Variety: Teroldego

Geographic Region, Appellation: Vigneti Delle Dolomiti; Trentino Alto Adige, Italy

Vintage: 2010

Price: $24.70 with a 5% discount [click to continue…]

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KinderdijkThis chapter of “Travels of a Wine Blogger” is a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest that began on August 23rd 2015 and very briefly describes our adventure along the way with an emphasis on specific wine related activities.

We started the trip with great trepidation…after landing at the Amsterdam airport we were told the trip was not going to begin in Amsterdam as planned, but would have to get a train and make our way to Rotterdam to catch the boat because of the congestion caused by the tall ships event in Amsterdam. In the end we were bused to Rotterdam to meet the boat. We left the dock at Rotterdam at 5:30 am and proceeded to Kinderdijk that was a collection of windmills built in the mid-18th century. It turned out to be VERY interesting and educational as we learned about the water management dating from the 1400’s and the workings of a dutch windmill…A super interesting morning.

From a wine perspective we sampled both a German white and red (both Viking River Cruise house brand) the night before that were fair (at best) but at lunch we had Gruner Veltliner (Viking River Cruise house brand) that we both rated “pretty good”. However, tomorrow we’re in Cologne, Germany and have the name of a wine store that Russ Anderson at the Caviste Wine Shop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina gave us, so we’re hoping to really turn-up the wine quality and with no corking fee on the boat are planning a GREAT wine experience for the rest of the trip!!!

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Luna D’or Prosecco Treviso

by Ray on August 19, 2015

Recommendation: Not Recommended.

Winery/Producer: Le Contesse; Vazzola, Italy.

Grape Variety: Glera.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Prosecco, Italy.

Vintage: NV

Price: $11.04 with a 15% discount. [click to continue…]

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Montesecondo Chianti Classico 2013

by Ray on August 19, 2015


Recommendation: An Outstanding Chianti that will elevate any Italian meal to the superb level!!!

Winery/Producer: Silvio Messana; San Casciano, Italy

Grape Variety: Chianti blend: 80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Chianti Classico; Tuscany, Italy.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $23.40 with a 10% mixed case discount. [click to continue…]

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Recommendation: An OUTSTANDING food friendly Italian white.

Winery/Producer: Pavese Ermes; Morgex, Italy.

Grape Variety: Prié Blanc.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Vallee D’Aoste, Italy.

Vintage: 2011

Price: $22.50 with a 10% mixed case discount. [click to continue…]

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Terramore Veneto Pinto Grigo 2014

by Ray on August 17, 2015

Recommendation: Not recommended.

Winery/Producer:C.V.T.; Tortona, Italy.

Grape Variety: Pinot Grigio.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Veneto.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $10.19 with a 15% discount. [click to continue…]

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Chateau Coupe Roses Minervois Granaxa 2011

by Ray on August 15, 2015


Recommendation: A STRONG buy recommendation.

Winery/Producer: Chateau Coupe roses; La Caunette, France.

Grape Variety: Grenache with 10% Syrah.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Minervois; Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Vintage: 2011

Price: $19.80 with a 10% mixed case discount. [click to continue…]

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Pierre Morin Sancerre Rosé 2014

by Ray on August 15, 2015


Recommendation: A VERY nice Rosé with outstanding bouquet, fantastic flavors and great mouth-feel.

Winery/Producer: Gerard et Pierre Morin; Cher, France.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Sancerre; Loire Valley, France

Vintage: 2014

Price: $21.60 with a 10% mixed case discount. [click to continue…]

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Rivata Prosecco Extra Dry

by Ray on August 13, 2015


Recommendation: A much better value than the typical grocery store domestic “Champagne”.

Winery/Producer: CA. VI. M.; Ovada, Italy

Grape Variety: Glera.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Prosecco, Italy

Vintage: NV

Price: $10.19 with a 15% discount. [click to continue…]

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Cascina Degli Ulivi Filagnotti 2011

by Ray on August 11, 2015


Recommendation: A unique Italian white that’s simply delicious.

Winery/Producer: Cascina degli Ulivi, Italy.

Grape Variety: Cortese

Geographic Region, Appellation: Piedmont, Italy.

Vintage: 2011

Price: $21.60 With a 10% mixed case discount. [click to continue…]

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