We’re enjoying our month-long exploration into good-value, low-price wines generally under $10 (or the equivalent in Euros, Pounds Sterling, Yen and such) in Wine Focus: How low can you go? Here are my reports on three more good cheap wines, including two French reds and an excellent white from Italy’s lake country. See below, also, for links to buying information on another half-dozen good cheap wines that I’ve enjoyed recently. Read article.
The Timorasso grape, native in the eastern part of Piedmont, was almost extinct by 1980. Resurrected, now producers are again making Timorasso wines praised by the experts. Neil Duarte recently tasted some Timorassos from the Claudio Mariotto winery. Read article.
Clear, bright straw color, with a marked melon aroma, a mix of musky cantaloupe and more subtle honeydew. Fresh and tart flavors carry over the melon character and add a bright squirt of lemon. Medium-bodied, its texture becomes more evident as the wine warms in the glass, and a hint of pleasant peach-pit bitterness joins in on a very long finish. Its rather light 10.5 percent alcohol makes it an easy sipper. It’s fine now but will become even more appealing as spring returns and warms into summer.
Remember last February when we celebrated Open That Bottle Night, retrieving and finally enjoying that old dusty bottle that we’d been hoarding for some future occasion that never quite arrived?
We had so much fun that this year we’ve declared all of February Open That Bottle Month!
About four years ago, Neil Duarte visited Lecci e Brocchi, just outside of the town of Castelnuovo Berardenga, a short distance to the northeast of Siena, and discovered their white Sangiovese, Il Sangio, which he had never seen before. Recently he returned to the winery to see their current offerings. Read article.
Wedding Oak Winery in picturesque San Saba, is about an hour’s drive northwest of Austin. This Texas hill country winery is well worth a visit, says Neil Duarte. Read article.
Our monthly Wine Focus feature in the WineLovers Discussion Group during January features the wines of Spain, so we’re offering you a variety of tasting notes from Rioja, Alicante, Aragon, and Jerez. You’re welcome to join us in the discussion! Just click Spain … beyond Rioja! to open the discussion pages; you can log in using Facebook by clicking “Social Login” on any forum page. Read article.