South Africa Dividing New & Old World

  • Posted: September 27, 2014  by bryan   -  
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When I’m breaking wine down into simple categories based on style I generally start out with the obvious. Does a customer want red or white, oaked or unoaked. This enables us to then focus on more nuanced qualities like – fruity or earthy, full or light bodied, tannic or soft

Everything You Need in a Barolo for $40

Overall the 2009 growing season over most of Europe was mainly hot and dry, leading to ripe, powerful reds and round, fruit driven whites. It’s generally assumed that the downside to such warm vintages is a loss of structure, through lower acids and softer tannins – not something most of

Tasting a Soave Classico

Soave may be one of the most recognized indigenous white wines of Italy, so much so that people identify it as a brand more so than a region. In its home of Veneto, the Garganega grape (main grape of Soave) certainly makes enough user-friendly versions that make their way to

Bringing Out the Old World in Barbera d’Asti

We’re often inspired to mention the differences in “old world” and “new world” as we taste through our distributors’ wines at Vino Aroma, and while we can’t with good conscious simplify the diversity of wine into two camps, sometimes it’s the first question we address when determining where and how

Barolo That Doesn’t Bankrupt: Bruna Grimaldi

Some things – like wine – are just too good to be true. Whether it’s an old bottle of Montrachet on the discount rack for the price of a Puligny-Montrachet or a Brunello di Montalcino priced the same as the rosso. Buyer beware is a bit of good advice and

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

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

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