A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"

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Wine of the Month: Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso($18)

February 26th, 2004

Arnaldo Caprai is one of the better known producers of Umbria, based in the town of Montefalco. Umbria, like Tuscany, produces Sangiovese; but it also grows a magnificent blockbuster grape called Sagrantino. Caprai produces a cellar worthy Sagrantino, but it costs around $50. The good news is that Caprai also produces a delicious Rosso which is perfect for drinking today. This Rosso is a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, and 15% Merlot. It is a medium bodied wine with a deep red color. The wine is a well balanced blend of dark berried fruits, made in an earthy old world style. The Sangiovese makes the wine fresh and alive while the Sagrantino provides backbone and complexity.

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