Bottle of The Week- Passimento Merlot Blend

For those of you who know of my love for trying different variations on Amarone, this Bottle of The Week choice should come as no surprise. As you may be able to tell by the name, Passimento, this red blend is made in the style of Amarone by partially drying the grapes before they are fermented, which is referred to as Appassimento. The blend is made up of 40% Merlot, 30% Corvina, and 30% Croatina. Corvina is the main grape used in Amarone, but here it plays second fiddle to the Merlot. A quick side note on Merlot, I have heard several people recently dissing on the Merlot grape as being a lesser grape, and I just wanted to take a moment to say that, while you can find some pretty bad Merlots, there are also some fantastic bottles out there if you know where to look (hint: pay attention for an upcoming post on the matter)! Continue reading


Our Italian Adventure Continues With Montechiaro Primum Vinum

I know you’ve all been waiting on the edge of your seats for the next post about the wines I had while in Italy. This one is somewhat of a continuation of the last post, as I tried this wine at the same winery, Montechiaro, and subsequently shipped back half a case. As you already know, Tuscany is the land of Sangiovese, so I would be remiss if I did not have at least one 100% Sangiovese wine while I was there. This wine is not classified as a Chianti, but it does bear the IGT designation of the region. In other words, it’s a Super Tuscan. Continue reading

Bottle of The Week- Felino Vina Cobos Cabernet Sauvignon

This week we are taking a bit of a turn in the opposite direction, going from the old world to the new world. You may or may not have noticed that over the past month or so I have been drinking a whole lot of Italian wine. Perhaps you even thought that I forgot that wine from other countries exists. If that is the impression you were under, I am pleased to tell you that you’re misinformed, which is why we are taking a little trip to Argentina this week. Also, even though it is technically spring, the weather in Detroit has not been cooperating, so I could use a trip someplace warm. A metaphorical trip, that is. So, here we have the Felino Vina Cobos Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013. Continue reading

Montechiaro Arteliquida Malvasia Nera

I came across the Arteliquida Malvasia Nera while visiting the Montechiaro Winery just outside of Siena. Of course we did a tasting of several different wines while we were there, but I felt that this one deserved a post all of it’s own. Just as I said about the first winery we visited, Montechiaro is one I would definitely recommend, especially if you want to see the juxtaposition of a larger winery against a smaller one. For this visit you just have to make sure to schedule it in advance (most wineries prefer that you do). I would have to say that out of the entire trip, and all the copious amount of wine I drank while in Italy, the Arteliquida Malvasia Nera just might have been my absolute favorite. Continue reading