Posts Tagged ‘Wine of the Month’

WINE OF THE MONTH: Monte Tondo Soave Classico ’04 ($11)

Monday, July 17th, 2006

In the heat of the summer I like nothing more than a crisp, refreshing white wine, and this Soave hits the spot. Soave is a delicious white wine made in the Venetto region of Italy, and the quality has come a long way from that overproduced Soave Bolla of twenty years ago. This wine is dry and clean with a taste of lemon and minerals. The crispness is very refreshing, but it is not as acidic as a Sauvignon Blanc. The mouth feel is more velvety. This is a simple wine that should be drunk young, but that simplicity is what makes it great for summer. It will pair well with fish, chicken, and any grilled vegetables. Enjoy.

WINE OF THE MONTH: Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Rosso di Montalcino ’04 ($20)

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Although I enjoy Italian wines all year long, I especially love them during the summer. This Rosso di Montalcino is filled with berries, is fresh and bright, and has an acidity typical of the wines from Tuscany. Montalcino is the area of Tuscany known for Brunello, one of Italy’s most revered wines. The Rosso from this area is made of the same Sangiovese Grosso grapes, but only aged in oak for one year compared to Brunello’s 3 years. Although Brunello may be more famous, I think the Rosso is a much better buy, and who wants an overly complex red wine during the summer anyway? Ciacci is a good producer, and this wine is just delicious. But don’t fret if you can’t find this producer, seek out another good Brunello producer and odds are that the Rosso will be great also.

Wine Of The Month: Veritas Sauvignon Blanc ’05 ($15)

Monday, March 13th, 2006

As Springtime approaches I love Sauvignon Blanc, it reminds me of sunshine. Veritas is a great family run winery from Virginia, and their Sauvignon Blanc really impressed me. It’s a pale yellow color with a nice citrus aroma. As you first taste the wine your mouth fills with the crisp, clean flavors of lemons, but the wine continues to evolve on the palate with a velvety texture bursting with the flavor of ripe melons. This wine is fun, lively, and very well balanced. I think it would be a great wine for Spring. Although Virginia wines are not readily available in every market, the internet has made trying different wines easier. Their website is

Wine Of The Month: Guigal Crozes Hermitage’01 ($18)

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Guigal is one of best and most popular producers in the Rhone Valley. Although most good wines from the Northern Rhone can be quite expensive, this Crozes Hermitage is a very reasonable, yet delicious, wine made with the Syrah grape. I love the wines from the Northern Rhone; they’re spicy, rich, and very food friendly. This wine is a deep red, and layered in flavors. The taste combines the lush fruit of blueberries and blackberries, mixed with leather, pepper and other spices. This well balanced wine is vibrant, lush, and has a long smooth finish. Crozes Hermitage has been one of my house wines for several years, and the 2001 vintage will be perfect for this chilly winter season.

Wine Of The Month: Colombelle, Cotes de Gascogne ’04 ($6)

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

There is nothing better on those hot summer days than a cold, refreshing beverage. Well this wine will certainly do the trick. It is a crisp white wine that explodes with fruit. I tasted apples, peaches, a hint of honey, with a clean citrus finish. I find this wine to be quite lush and round, but the citrus at the end makes it very well balanced. It is not sweet, but the amount of fruit certainly gives it a level of richness. I think this would be a great first bottle of wine to get your evening started. It would also pair well with grilled fish, pork with a barbeque glaze, or any spicy dishes. I am definitely going to drink some Colombelle this August, and for $6, I think you should at least try it!