Have You Heard of Petit Rouge?

Every once in a while we get a wine that completely takes us by surprise, and while we’ve had a handful of noteworthy reds from the tiny area of Valle D’Aosta, the majority of them being pinot noir varietals or pinot blends. Each has reflected the elegance and distinctiveness of

Aroma Wine Experience Fall Setlist

Winemaker and wine writer Bryan Calandrelli leads an experience of six thoughtfully selected  wines in the casual company of Trattoria Aroma’s Wine Bar in Williamsville, NY. In sixty minutes you’ll experience six wines with assorted small bites from the kitchen as we discuss what we like and don’t like. These

Scaia Garganega Chardonnay 2012

The fact that a great white wine from the Veneto region can be delicious and a great value may not come as a huge surprise to anyone who treasures the refreshing wines of this area. While we’d typically expect pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc or even some Prosecco to define this

Distinctively Italian Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc can be as polarizing as chardonnay or cabernet franc when you consider how many styles are out there. While New Zealand may lead the world in sauvignon blanc sales that doesn’t mean that there aren’t people out there that keep their distance from the grassy and sometimes pungent

Niagara Wine Country USA Farm Dinner Gallery

Our first farm dinner of the season was blessed with spectacular weather and an amazing crowd of wine and food enthusiasts. Held at Eveningside Vineyards with a stop at Arrowhead Spring Winery, the event revealed how a local bounty of food and wine cannot be beat. Here’s a link to

A Monster of a Montepulicano

Montepulciano D’Abruzzo is usually associated with easy-going table reds from the Abruzzo region. In this country we often see them in the magnum 1.5 liter bottles and they’re generally consumed in their youth with any number of Italian dishes. Obviously that’s only a narrow perception if you’ve experienced the many

Spring is Sparkling Rosé from Alsace

Why break your budget with Champagne when you can just as easily satisfy your appetite for bubbly with a traditional method sparkling rosé from Alsace? That’s what we were thinking when we picked up this Cremant D’Alsace Rosé Brut made from 100% pinot noir grapes. While most associations with Alsace

Brunello Declassified

Acquiring a taste for Brunello di Montalcino can be a bittersweet endeavor. Once you’ve experienced a perfectly balanced, meticulously aged wine made from Sangiovese Grosso it’s not easy to go back to the more modest interpretations of Sangiovese you’d taste in Chianti and Chianti Classico. That would be perfectly expectable

Barbera d’Asti Fighting Above Its Weight Class

Italy’s Piedmont region has to be of the most respected red wine producing regions in the world. It’s here where greatness is not defined by any one variety or blend. The three main varieties of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto provide the raw materials for a wide range of reds that

Puglia’s Copertino Reserve 2005

There’s a perception to many that Puglia – the region that forms the “heel” of Italy – is home to only bulk wines. It may have been the proliferation of inexpensive Primitivo and it’s inherent similarities to Zinfandel that have shaped this idea or the fact that this hot region