Simple and Affordable

I went looking for a simple, affordable wine that would give me a good vibe and also (hopefully) some good flavor.

I went with farmhouse (lower case intentional). For less than $12, this California red has a lovely label with a block-print design of a farmhouse stamped against a brown-paper background the the words, “trust in […]

By |2022-01-26T10:28:00-05:00January 26th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

A Wine for the Winter Blues

It’s cold, it’s January, and everyone’s in a funk.

Here’s a wine to go with the mood – and uplift it, for sure. It’s a Chilean red blend called The Seeker.

It’s made up of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 25% Syrah, so it’s almost a Bordeaux blend (Cab/Merlot), which is hearty yet smooth, but with […]

By |2022-01-21T09:12:27-05:00January 21st, 2022|Wine of the Week|

To France in a Bottle

Some wines are worth exploring if they call to you for some reason. Like the Domaine Chanson 2018 Vire-Clesse from France.

When I spotted this wine at Exit 9 Wine & Liquor Warehouse, I was immediately intrigued. I discovered Vire-Clesse is a part of the Macon region of Burgundy, home to world-class Chardonnay. I also discovered […]

By |2022-01-13T09:46:46-05:00January 13th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

Time to Celebrate

It’s time to release 2021 and bring in 2022. Stay positive and be happy with the most celebrated of celebration wines, Champagne!!

An exceptional bottle is Pol Roger Brut. This family-owned company has been making luxury champagne since 1849.

At their site they have underground cellars where the wine is aged, and the low temperature of the […]

By |2021-12-31T12:42:21-05:00December 31st, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Celebrate the Holidays Locally

Don’t burden Santa’s sleigh with bottles from halfway across the world. Load up on LOCAL!

There are so many excellent wineries in the Hudson Valley, including many in Dutchess and Columbia Counties, that it’s easy, fun, and good kharma to drink and share their wines.

How can you resist the gift of Romance from Clinton Vineyards?

Stock up […]

By |2021-12-22T08:58:48-05:00December 22nd, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Tis the Season

Tis the season of Rudolph, and what a great little reindeer he is. Sweet and innocent. Cute. Who doesn’t like Rudolph?

But today I want to talk about Donner. Donner is Rudolph’s dad – and his coach, and the lead reindeer of Santa’s sleigh. He’s focused and formidable. Well, I found a wine that’s deserving of […]

By |2021-12-16T14:55:11-05:00December 16th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Turkey Time Wine

If you live anywhere near Le Caviste in Stanfordville, NY, go there for Thanksgiving wine suggestions.

If Antoine proposes the Irnacy – a red wine – don’t question his judgment.

He shared with me that it’s one of the favorite wines he has in the store, and when I tasted it, I understood why. It’s an outstanding […]

By |2021-11-24T09:34:12-05:00November 24th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Go with Beau

Yes, the 2021 vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived!!

The release of the young wine from Burgundy on the third Thursday of November has been an occasion for anticipation and celebration in France and now around the world since the 1950s. The Nouveau is the first release of wine made from this year’s harvest of Gamay […]

By |2021-11-19T12:16:27-05:00November 19th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

My Prima Primitivo

Truth be told, Italian wines confuse me the way French wines confuse most. Barolo, Barbararesco, Montepulciano, Ripasso – lots of Os that always left me feeling like “Oh No, I don’t get it!”

It was with some trepidation, then, that I opened a bottle of Primitivo, not really knowing what to expect. It was one of […]

By |2021-11-04T12:25:32-04:00November 4th, 2021|Wine of the Week|

Apple Season

It’s apple season, and that means apple pie.

I started thinking about all the possibilities for pairings with this most American of desserts. So many wines came to mind that I realized there’s no “right” answer when it comes down to it, and the anticipation is part of the pleasure.

Riesling, though, is a stand-out choice. It’s […]

By |2021-11-10T14:58:45-05:00October 28th, 2021|Wine of the Week|
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