Category Archives: Europe

Here’s an Excellent, Value-Priced Sangiovese

Di Majo Norante 2014 Sangiovese (about $11) – Looking for a solid, easy-to-drink Sangiovese at a reasonable price? This flavorful Italian stunner will fit the bill and make you think you’re drinking something twice the price. Amazingly complex aromatics and flavors highlight this overachieving red wine, beginning with an earthy/floral nose that also displays hints […]

This Delicious Pinot Grigio Also Pairs Well With Food

La Fiera 2015 Pinot Grigio (about $9) – Three things to know about this wine: first, it’s tasty, expressive and a pleasure to drink; second, it pairs well with a variety of foods; third, it’s value-priced at under $10 a bottle. Score! Sourced from Italy’s Veneto region, this refreshing white wine is filled with crisp […]

Barinas 2014 Monastrell Seleccion is a Spanish Gem

From Spain’s Jumilla region, this stunning red wine should be on your must-try list of reasonably priced European wines. Made from 100-percent Monastrell (the Spanish equivalent of France’s Mourvedre grape), this particular vintage from the Barinas winery is filled with beautiful blackberry and violet aromatics, plenty of jammy berry fruits on the palate and hints […]

Explore International Wines from New and Old World Sources

The focus of my column has always been on Washington wine – and with good reason. Our state produces all the essentials a wine enthusiast could ask for: white wines ranging from crisp, vibrant riesling to full-bodied chardonnay and a wide array of red wines from velvety merlot to big, bold cabernet sauvignon. But even […]

Guidelines for Serving Wines at Thanksgiving That Will Keep the Holiday Stress-Free

Serving wines with Thanksgiving dinner? Just follow a few simple guidelines and the selection process can be as stress-free as opening a can of cranberry jelly. First and foremost, offer variety. I harp on this every year, but you can hardly go wrong if you use this as a starting point. With a variety of […]