Verdicchio and Vermentino: Italy’s Perfect Summer Wines (#ItalianFWT)

Can you believe that Fourth of July is just around the corner? It seems that the weeks since Memorial Day have flown by: before we know it the cool breath of autumn will be here, a welcome relief from scorching summer days. Until then, we will slake our thirsts with beverages that are cool, crisp, and refreshing. And that includes wine! We want to reach into the fridge and pull out a frosty bottle that does double-duty – as a cocktail hour quaff or as an accompaniment to a light summer meal.

The Italian Food Wine & Travel group has done all the research for you, with this month’s recommendations on the Summer Wines of Italy. Continue reading “Verdicchio and Vermentino: Italy’s Perfect Summer Wines (#ItalianFWT)”

Tour de France by the Glass 2017 – Le Grand Départ!

It’s the first weekend in July and you know what that means – the Tour de France is back! Cycling is one of the Derv’s favorite sports and each year I anticipate its return the way a five-year-old awaits Christmas. Three weeks of (almost) daily drama played out over the perilous pathways of the Pyrénées – not to mention the Alps, Vosges, Jura, and Massif … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2017 – Le Grand Départ!

Rosary Beads, Wine, and Reminiscence

Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of Hahn Family Wines. But while I was skulking around a wine shop one Saturday afternoon I came across two bottles from a sustainably farmed vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands near Monterey, California. Truth be told, I was trying to make off with the store’s remaining stash of Hacienda Arinzano Red from a recent #winestudio … Continue reading Rosary Beads, Wine, and Reminiscence

Pago de Arínzano – The Enchanted Wines of Spain

  Spain does something to a person. A foot on her soil, and you might as well surrender your defenses: they won’t work anymore. I’m not sure what to call it, but her mystical powers of transformation cannot be denied. Enchantment? Sorcery? Maybe a good dose of each. But what I and many other beguiled visitors have understood is that the sooner you succumb to … Continue reading Pago de Arínzano – The Enchanted Wines of Spain

Mercurey Rising: Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise

While not as famous as the red wines from the Côte d’Or, Pinot Noir produced in the village of Mercurey can provide outstanding value for the price. You won’t find any Grand Cru offerings here, but there are plenty of good bottles that will satisfy your craving for red Burgundy while leaving your wine budget intact. I was inspired to write this post as a … Continue reading Mercurey Rising: Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise

Winning! Part 2: Luigi Bormioli Italian Glassware

My last post heralded a sudden change in my luck. Over the years I’ve been consistently unfortunate in playing games of chance such as bingo, raffles, or the lottery. That’s why I was surprised (shocked) to come up a winner twice in the past month, first for a set of tools from Avina Wine Accessories, and then a quartet of glasses crafted by Luigi Bormioli … Continue reading Winning! Part 2: Luigi Bormioli Italian Glassware

Winning! Part One: Avina Wine Tools

I am not a winner. Lest you fear this post will be driven by personal tales of woe, I encourage you to stay the course: I’m referring to my absolutely horrid luck at games of chance. It’s why I don’t play the lottery or pump tokens into slot machines. Carnival games? No thanks; the last time I “won” anything at a midway show I was … Continue reading Winning! Part One: Avina Wine Tools