Month: April 2013

Vicchiomaggio – A Destination For Wine Lovers

A review of the wonderful wines from Tuscany's Castello Vicchiomaggio.
There are few places in the world more picturesque than the Tuscany hills, especially when viewed from Castello di Vicchiomaggio while sipping some of their excellent wines. Located on a commanding summit just north of Greve in Chianti, the site’s first castle was constructed in

Spluring On Fortified Wines

A review of the Zion Miharmartif Port-style kosher wine and several Port-finished Whiskies.
While we love a bargain wine, every so often it is fun to splurge, especially when the bottle remains drinkable for a long time after the cork has been pulled. This is the domain of the fortified wine, that middle ground

Introducing The “Cab Franc”

Reviews of the Alexander Reserve Cabernet Franc 2009 and several Tomintoul Single Malt whiskies.
Cabernet franc is one of the lesser-known grape varietals. Aromatic and with a softer feel than its better-known progeny cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc is usually added to enhance aromas and mellow a wine's structure without sacrificing its ability to age. Cabernet

Petite Sirah A Somewhat Undiscovered Gem

Reviews of several Petite Sirah wines from California.
Petite Sirah has seen dramatic changes since our last look at this underappreciated varietal several years ago. Its classic dark berry and cherry flavors accented with mild peppery spiciness make it easy to praise as an ideal wine for grilled foods and hearty winter fare. But for