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Cantina Tollo: Organic, Inexpensive & Delicious

Cantina Tollo's Andrea Di Fabio knows how to instantly bring his new organic line into my good graces. "It is really important to us," he says, "that you don't have to spend too much money to drink quality wine." I'm sold! But let's dig a little deeper. ...

Bordeaux Life: Book Review

Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux, France: Discover Wine, Food, Castles and The French Way of Life, by Michael C. Higgins. Opening this brand new book, I was immediately plunged into homesickness for Bordeaux -- that is, if you can be “homesick” for a place...

Women and Wine in Burgundy, Revisited

“You do not notice changes in what is always before you.” - Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette I first reported on Burgundy’s Women and Wine organization in 2016 for Palate Press, and this year marks the twentieth anniversary of Femmes et vins de Bourgogne or FEVB. ...

Actually, What is Vermouth?

To celebrate Vermouth Day, I decided to open a couple bottles of La Pivón from Madrid. But maybe I should talk about what Vermouth is, before I get specific about this one. Because I’ve found that most people don’t really know what Vermouth is, even if they ha...

Rosé of Sangiovese?

2019 Pope Valley Winery Napa Valley Rosé This dry rosé is something different: it’s made in Napa, California, from sangiovese – the grape you know from classic Italian wines such as Chianti and Brunello. It is made at the family-owned Pope Valley winery, fr...

Montecucco: Proof Value Still Exists in Tuscany

I'll be honest: when I first start hearing about Montecucco in the wine-blogosphere -- they've been attempting to increase its international noteriety for a few years -- my first thought is that I don't need another Tuscan Sangiovese in my life. After all, I a...