Bobal, a Wine You Never Heard of but are Bound to Love

Senorio de Iniesta Bobal RoseLast week we joined friends in New York City for a screening of a documentary La Bobal Revisted  “the Cinderella story about an unappreciated grape.” Bobal is Spain’s second most widely planted, yet to the world virtually unknown, because it was up until a few years ago only used in the background as a blending grape for wines of more prominent name. Never considered to be worthy of standing alone.

Turns out with caring conscientious growing and vinting practices, Bobal by itself can become a very wonderful wine. We tasted a few at the screening, and the next day excited to find this Bobal Rose at Viscount Wine in Wappinger Falls. Continue reading Bobal, a Wine You Never Heard of but are Bound to Love

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From a California Farm to My Hudson Valley Table

Tom Gore Farm

Can’t wait to to taste all this from  Tom Gore Vineyards. “The namesake wines are the first to bear the name of a grape farmer, telling the story of the land, the growing season and the complexities of how growing grapes impacts the aromas and taste of wine – a truly farm-to-glass wine!” Stay Tuned… Continue reading From a California Farm to My Hudson Valley Table

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Wine: Two Great Summer Quaffers from Austria

Two Austrian Summer Quaffers

 

Quaff (kwäf) verb

Drink (something, especially an alcoholic drink) heartily.
synonyms: drink, swallow, gulp (down), guzzle, slurp, down

We love Austrian wine in the spring and summer, all year round really, but these inexpensive, full one liter bottles are great for picnics, BBQ’s, any warm weather fun. The relatively low alcohol content, especially when cut with sparkling water, make them great summer quaffers.

Their “soda cap” tops are a curious novelty that your guests or host will love.

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The Wines of Stoutridge Vineyard Hudson Valley

Stoutridge WineryA few weeks ago we visited another winery on the Shawangunk Wine Trail, Stoutridge Vineyard in Marlboro, NY.   Had a great time and learned a lot about New York wine making.

Read our article about Stoutridge  at New York Cork Report, Stoutridge a Uniquely Local Winery. Continue reading The Wines of Stoutridge Vineyard Hudson Valley

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An Italian Rose with a Dinner Fresh from the Cold Spring Farmers Market

Il Rose Di Casanova

With Sunday dinner, Had this fabulous Italian Rose, or Rosato as it is called there, from one of my favorite Tuscan producers, La Spinetta. Also know for their excellent Piedmont wines.

Our dinner that was all from the Cold Spring Farmers Market except the pasta which came all the way from Puglia, and the cheese.

Available at:

Artisan Wine Shop
where food meets its match

180 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
845.440.6923
www.artisanwineshop.com

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It’s Spring, Drink Pink

Sulauze Aix en Provence Rose PomponetteOr salmon, coral, peach, just make sure it is a Rosé.

It can be a rosado from Portugal or Spanish or a rosato as it is called in Italy, but for spring drinking, all summer long for that matter rosés are a great choice.

Sipped this fabulous wine from Domaine de Sulauze in Aix en Provence called Pomponette, perfect with a simple salad. A little more flavor and nose than a white, but the real show is the color! Continue reading It’s Spring, Drink Pink

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Lettie Teague Inspires Me Again

Lettie Teague Inspires Me Again

Wine in Words: Notes for Better Drinking

If you have any interest in wine you’ve no doubt read Lettie Teague. While she was with Food and Wine Magazine, or in her current columns for the Wall Street Journal. Her insightful observations on how wine plays in life inspired me to write about wine.  Which meant drinking more too!   Continue reading Lettie Teague Inspires Me Again

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A Fanciful Visit to Benmarl Winery Marlboro NY

Benmarl Winery Main HouseAs I drove higher and higher on the tiny road to Benmarl, I felt more and more like I had somehow been transported to Italy. Yet, I was still in New York and about to have the pleasure of meeting Matthew Spaccarelli and his father Victor owners of Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY.

Benmarl wines have enjoyed the favorable focus of wine writers and critics for some time. I think the wines here are reaching a whole new level as Matt has gained the knowledge and confidence to try new techniques. We loved what we tasted.

Read our full article at New York Cork Report, Benmarl Winery, Very Ready for the Next Ten Years

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