Pierpaolo Pecorari Venezia Giulia Malvasia 2020 (IGP)

Winemaker: Pierpaolo PecorariVarietal: Malvasia Istriana I was looking for a wine to try out for this week and my wife chose this 2020 Malvasia from Pierpaolo Pecorari. The Malvasia grapes are grown in gravelly soil with limestone, giving the wine a bright acidity and mineral undertones. The wine is fermented in stainless steel, remaining onContinue reading “Pierpaolo Pecorari Venezia Giulia Malvasia 2020 (IGP)”

Domaine du Grand Tinel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2019

Winery: Domaine du Grand TinelVarietals: White Grenache (60%) Clairette (25%) Roussanne (15%) Located in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region of Southern France, the commune known as Châteauneuf-du-Pape is celebrated for its red wines, rich and almost jammy with fruit notes of raspberry. So well- known are these reds that one can almost be forgiven for notContinue reading “Domaine du Grand Tinel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2019”

Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 24: My 2 Cents Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker location: Pays d’Oc, France At long last we’ve come to the end of Costco’s Wine Advent-ure Calendar. Our final wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Southern French region of Languedoc called 2 Cents. As Costco notes, France is the birthplace of Cabernet Sauvignon – as well as many, many other popular, “premium” grapeContinue reading “Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 24: My 2 Cents Cabernet Sauvignon”

Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 23: Seaworth Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Location: Spain Our penultimate wine for the Advent Calendar is Seaworth, a Sauvignon Blanc from central Spain. In addition to the typical grapefruit and fresh cut grass notes, there is also pineapple and other tropical fruits that makes Seaworth stand out from the pack. It has a vibrant acidity and a good, fruity finish,Continue reading “Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 23: Seaworth Sauvignon Blanc”

Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 22: Strut King Vino Rosso

Winemaker Location: Italy Day 22’s wine is Strut King, an Italian vino rosso or a red wine blend. This a semi-dry, lush with bright red berry, currant and plum flavors, and a tannin structure that is more silky than astringent. It’s a palate pleaser in my view, and very versatile. It pairs great with tomatoContinue reading “Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 22: Strut King Vino Rosso”

Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 21: El Campeón

Winery Location: PortugalVarietals: Fernão Pires (70%) Branco Arinto (30%) Three days left on the Advent Calendar. Today’s featured wine is El Campeón from Portugal. Portugal has one of the highest numbers of indigenous wine grapes in the world with at least 250 local varietals recorded. El Campeón is a wine blend of two varietals nativeContinue reading “Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 21: El Campeón”

Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 20: Flew the Coup Syrah (Pays d’Oc IGP)

(I absent-mindedly removed the foil before taking this picture) Winery Location: France (Pays d’Oc) For Day 20 we return to the Southern French region of Pays d’Oc to try the Syrah called “Flew the Coup”. When I think of Syrah I think of a bold, uncompromising wine, and this opaque purple beauty with a richContinue reading “Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 20: Flew the Coup Syrah (Pays d’Oc IGP)”

Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 19: Ring Ring Vino Rosato

Winery Location: Northern Italy Once again, we have an Italian vino rosato. This one is called “Ring Ring” and unlike the previous vino rosato “Pinky Truce”, it hails from Northern Italy. This wine has aromas of strawberry and cherry which are common in many rose’s and rosatos, the palate is a little heavier than PinkyContinue reading “Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 19: Ring Ring Vino Rosato”

Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 18: Nightfall Monastrell

Winery location: La Mancha region, Spain It’s a week before Christmas, and Day 18’s wine, Nightfall is a Spanish Monastrell (aka Mourvedre) that is nice for celebrating the evening with friends. Nightfall is a full-bodied red wine with aromas of black cherry, spice and leather. With such potent aromas you may expect the wine toContinue reading “Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 18: Nightfall Monastrell”

Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 17: Here Kitty Kitty Trebbiano (DOC)

Winery location: Emilia-Romagna region, Italy (DOC) Cat and wine lovers unite! From the Emilia-Romagna region is Day 17’s wine, a Trebbiano from Here Kitty Kitty. This pale greenish-lemon colored wine struck me as light, yet complex in aromas and flavors. The nose buzzes with green apple, melon and damp stone. The liveliness continues on toContinue reading “Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 17: Here Kitty Kitty Trebbiano (DOC)”