Bottle of The Week- Maison Arnoux & Fils Les Pimentiers Savigny-les-Beaune Pinot Noir

Today, in Boston, we are in the midst of a winter storm. What better to do when you’re snowed in than take a quick trip to your local wine shop and grab a nice bottle to enjoy while catching up on episodes of your latest TV series binge? While I am currently snowed in at a wine shop myself I have hundreds of bottles to choose from, so I will tell you a bit about a lovely and affordable Burgundy I tried recently. Continue reading


Bottle of The Week- Banfi Col di Sasso Toscana IGT 2015

You might recall a few of my posts from when I was vineyard hopping in Tuscany back in March (like this one, or this one, or this one). One of the other wineries that we had a chance to visit was the popular Banfi. This week’s bottle was not one that we tasted while at the winery itself, but I’ll tell you about it anyway. If you are ever in Tuscany I would highly suggest taking a trip to Banfi, the drive alone is well worth it. It’s exactly what you would picture when you think of the Tuscan countryside with winding roads lined by cypress trees. Continue reading

Bottle of The Week- Lavau Gigondas Red Rhône Blend 2013

If you recall the last post you might wonder why I am writing about wine from the same winery two weeks in a row! Well, I thought it would be an interesting comparison to do a back-to-back (if you can consider a week back-to-back) of two different Southern Rhône blends from the same winery. I also happened to receive this bottle for free because it was left over from a wine tasting, so there’s that, too.   Continue reading

Bottle of the Week- Lavau Côtes du Rhône 2013

I’ve written about Côtes du Rhône before, which you can check out if you need a quick background. So, for this post I’d like to focus more on Grenache, which makes up 60% of the blend in this wine. Grenache is one of the most widely planted varieties in the world, it is grown practically everywhere wine is produced, from northern Spain (where it originated) to Washington State. Continue reading

Bottle of The Week-Bertani Valpolicella Ripasso Corvina Blend 2011

Okay, I promise that next time I will write about something a little different! This week’s bottle, however, harkens back to some of my favorites, Amarone. If you are thinking “how many bottles of almost-but-not-quite-Amarone wine can one person drink?” my answer is “a lot”. This is mostly because I love Amarone but, like most 20-somethings, cannot afford to drink it very often. So, here we are with another “knock-off”. Continue reading

Bottle of The Week- Castello di ama San Lorenzo Chianti Classico 2010

Instead of my usual Wednesday Bottle of the Week I figured I would do a throwback, all the way back to my Tuscan adventure. It has been three months and I still haven’t run out of wine from our trip to Italy to write about (we drank a lot of wine while we were there)! Surprise, it’s another Chianti. We had the Castello Di Am San Lorenzo Chianti Classico at Osteria la Logge in Siena, recommended to us by the winemaker at Montechiaro winery. La Logge has the vibe of an old Tuscan home turned restaurant, with a small winding staircase leading up to one of the dining rooms, where we were seated. Yet, it maintains a more modern feel by having the kitchen open for all to see not only when you first walk into the restaurant, but also if you happen to be walking by on the street. The ambiance is charming and the risotto is to DIE for. Continue reading

Bottle of The Week- Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo 2012

MORE ITALIAN WINE!!! I figured I would exhaust all of Northern Italy before moving on to other regions in other countries. Not too long ago I featured another wine from Vietti, but today we shall take a turn from light to dark with the Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo, 2012. Going back to my Latin roots (and by that I mean the language, not my ancestry) the name for the Nebbiolo grape comes from the Latin nebula, meaning cloud or fog. Which is because in late October, when the Nebbiolo grape is harvested, a fog sets into the Langhe region, where many Nebbiolo vines are grown. I know how much everyone loves Latin roots, so there you have it! Continue reading