Fast Facts: 2014 Poggio al Casone, Toscana, Italy ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s in California) Frankly, every time I take a first sip of this wine I exclaim (often to myself): “I don’t know how they do it!” For starters, this brand is always well-aged. In this case 8 (!) years. That rarely comes cheap. And … Read moreYour House Wine for Pizza and Pasta Nights
Fast facts: 2020 Cecilia Beretta Prosecco Rosé ($10.99 @Trader Joe’s, California) Seems like summer has arrived with a vengeance, and it is time for sipping poolside, lakeside or seaside. However you stay cool is cool with us. Prosecco might help… Prosecco is a deliciously dry sparkling wine with crisp acidity, low sugar and plenty … Read morePut a Little (Aperol) Spritz in your Step
Fast facts: 2017 Kirkland Signature Barolo, Italy ($19.99 @ Costco, California – Item #1355183) Most of us have been asked the question: “if you could only eat one country’s food for the rest of your life, which would it be?” I never hesitate to quickly answer: “Italian!” And the same goes for the wines … Read moreBargain Barolo from Costco
Fast facts: 2019 Umani Ronchi, Casal di Serra, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Italy ($11.99 @ Costco, California – Item #1148623) We talk frequently about the things to look for when choosing a wine. We often cite “the right grape, from the right place.” We could add to that list: the right importer. I have … Read moreA Great Spring Wine has Sprung at Costco
Fast facts: 2015 Barreri & Rovati Barbaresco Riserva, Barbaresco, Italy ($19.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California) In the region of Piedmont in Northern Italy, the Nebbiolo grape stands high above the rest. The Nebbiolo grape produces powerful wines. has two personalities—the dark, brutish wines of Barolo (which stand up to long aging better) and the … Read moreBa Ba Bah Ba Ba Barbaresco – on a Budget!
Fast facts: 2016 Kirkland Signature Barolo, Italy ($19.99 @ Costco, California – Item #1355183) Maybe it’s the change in the weather, but I have detected a strong leaning into Italian wines over the past month or so. There was this recent Valpolicella that we featured from Trader Joe’s and, of course, the Kirkland Signature … Read moreKS Barolo 2016 – Perfect for Pairing with Your Favorite Italian Dishes
Fast facts: 2018 Cecilia Beretta, Valpolicella, Verona, Italy ($11.99 @Trader Joe’s, California) The wines of this region have come a long way since critic Robert Parker dismissed them as “insipid, industrial garbage” over a decade ago. This one in particular is a pretty good representation of how quickly winemakers in the region have begun … Read morePerfect for Pairing with Pizza and Pasta
Fast facts: 2018 Kirkland Signature Toscana IGT, Italy ($14.99 @ Costco, California – Item #1181768) Wine runs deep in Tuscany, aka, Toscana. Like the art of the Renaissance, it is tightly woven into the cultural identity of this central Italian region. Agriculture forms the roots of the Tuscan lifestyle, and “the big three” – … Read moreLiterally Super – a Tuscan Red Blend from Costco
Fast facts: 2020 Cecilia Beretta Prosecco Rosé ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s, California) Prosecco is a deliciously dry sparkling wine with crisp acidity, low sugar and plenty of fruit character – all at a fraction of the cost of traditional Champagne. Traditionally produced in Veneto in North Eastern Italy, it is fermented almost exclusively from the … Read moreA TJ’s Prosecco Rosé Find and an Easy Recipe for a Fancy Aperol Spritz
Fast Facts: NV* Stella Rosa Black, Asti, Piemonte, Italy ($9.99 @Costco in California – Item #804293) * NV denotes a product that is not associated with a vintage (Non-Vintage) The bestselling wine brand in California isn’t from California. It’s not Josh or Barefoot or Coppola, or Two-Buck Chuck. It’s an Italian import called Stella … Read moreIs the best selling import “wine” in the U.S. not really a wine?