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Buyers’ guide to Vintages for Oct 25th, part two

Tuscany and Miscellaneous Top Whites
By John Szabo MS with notes from David Lawrason and Sara d’Amato

This week’s report covers top smart buys from Tuscany and recommended white wines from the October 25th VINTAGES release. 1,948 more words


Zarpara 2012 Sangiovese

As I’ve mentioned, Sangiovese was my first love. So let’s visit another one, this time from Zarpara Vineyards. Their tasting room and vineyards are located directly on the Willcox Bench, at about 4,200 feet in elevation. 341 more words

Arizona Wine

A great day in Montalcino...

It is weird to think that at 10pm last night we had only just spent 24 hours in Italy.

After arriving late into Rome we left early to drive to Montalcino. 303 more words


2004 Dievole Il Fornaio Casannova Vineyard Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy $4.99

Silverdale, WA    12.5% alc.    (Purchased on 9/26/14)

Dievole is a highly touted Tuscan producer whose wines I’ve almost always enjoyed a great deal at regular price.  141 more words


wine - 2011 Unti Vineyards Sangiovese

  • 2011 Unti Vineyards Sangiovese – USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (10/16/2014)

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of smoke, black berries, black raspberries and black cherries.

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Origins. (Excerpt from "The Wine Monk")

This is the story of why I’m writing about wine.  It’s the greatest love story I’ve ever experienced; perhaps ever will.

The first time I ever had wine was one of the most beautiful moments of my life. 1,083 more words

Italian Varietals

wine - 2008 Miner Family Sangiovese Gibson Ranch