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Best Inexpensive Barolo Recommendations |

What Barolo’s do you recommend drinking that aren’t outrageously expensive?


I think the Produttori del Barbaresco presents excellent value for Nebbiolo based wine from Piedmont. It is certainly one of the finest wine cooperatives in the world. I would also suggest looking for good producers of Lange Nebbiolo. This is often wine from Barolo (or Barbaresco) that for one reason ..

What is Carmenere Wine? What Does Carmenere Wine Taste Like? |

What is Carménère Wine? What Does Carménère Wine Taste Like? What Are Good Carménère Food Pairings?


Carménère is a medium bodied savory red wine originating from France, but now predominantly produced in Chile. The name for the grape was derived from the French word for crimson “carmin” referring to the bright crimson autumn leaves of the vines prior to leaf fall. It was originally planted in the Medoc ..

What is Petit Verdot? | Petit Verdot Tasting Notes and Flavor Profile |

What is the Petit Verdot Grape? What are Petit Verdot’s Tasting Notes?


Petit Verdot is a high quality red grape variety that originated in Bordeaux in Southwest France. It is well suited to gravely soil such as those found in Bordeaux. It derived its name from “vert,” or green in the sense of unripe. It was traditionally a constituent minor part of Bordeaux blends but increasingly ..

What Are The Best Cabernet Sauvignon Food Pairings? |

What are the best Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings? In terms of regional wine styles, does this affect the food pairing?


First, when pairing wines and food, I always suggest eating and drinking what you like, but many people like some help in discovering what can create those amazing food matches. Consider the intensity of your wine or food and go from there. Cabernet Sauvignon is a big wine with intense flavor, full body ..

Malolactic Fermentation Explained | Malolactic Fermentation Bacteria | Neal Ewing,

What is Malolactic Fermentation?


Malolactic fermentation is a winemaking process by which certain bacteria convert sharp malic (apple) acid, found naturally in wine, to less sour lactic (milk) acid. Since malic acid remaining in red wines can make their tannins taste harsher, this softening is desired for almost all red wines. It also ..

What's the Difference Between Left Bank and Right Bank Bordeaux Wines? | Maggie Campbell DipWSET |

What is the difference between Left Bank and Right Bank Bordeaux, both geographically and in terms of wine styles?


When discussing Bordeaux, one of the first distinctions one may come across is the differentiation between right and left bank. The Gironde estuary cuts the region in two with Médoc and Graves on the left bank and St-Émilion and Pomerol on the right. The left bank is distinctive because of its gravel, ..

California Merlot Tasting Notes | Tim Smith |

What Does Californian Merlot Taste Like?


Californian Merlot provides notes stewed red fruits of raspberry, fig and darker notes such as plum. Oak usage exudes the baking spice aromas which finish like holiday fruit cake at times. Merlot in higher elevations tend to provide greener aromatics like sage, but are consistent with lower levels of acidity ..

Malbec Wine Taste | What Does Malbec Taste Like? | Kevin Cornish |

What Does Malbec Wine Taste Like?


What does Malbec taste like? Malbec is a lush, ripe wine with dark concentrated flavors.  It contains beautiful black fruit flavors and aromatics of spice and some floral notes at times.  There are different degrees of complexity in Malbec depending upon the winemaker and the region it is made in. What’s ..

Background on Red Burgundy Wines and Burgundy Wine Region | Sarah Trubnick, Sommelier Barrel Room San Francisco |

Could You Give a Background on Red Burgundy Wines?


The Burgundy region is a very complicated subject. With its ancient and extremely complex soils and limestone cliffs, varied pockets of meso- and microclimates, and notable vintage variation, the terrain and climate themselves lend to some of this complexity. Add in the small parcels owned by most producers ..

Where in Italy is Barolo Wine Made? Barolo Wine Region - Matt Deller |

Where in Italy is Barolo Wine Produced?


Barolo wines are produced within the DOCG boundaries of the Barolo region — within Piedmont in the northwest of Italy, sheltered by the Alps.  The closest cities are Turin and Milan, and just nearby is Asti where the frothy, grapey muscat wines are made. Barolo is as serious as Asti is frivolous, ..