Category Archives: Other Wines from Around the World

Here’s a California Zin to Put on Your Must-Try List for 2020

The Prisoner Wine Company 2017 Saldo Zinfandel (about $30) – Zinfandel can have that “bull in a china shop” persona when it’s made in a high-fruit, high-alcohol style. But this selection from the St. Helena, California, winery will dispel those preconceived notions by convincing you that Zin is quite capable of taking on an air […]

Tuscany’s Montecucco Region Producing Some Fine Sangiovese

Montenero Winery 2015 Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG (about $25) – This up-and-coming Italian wine region is producing some terrific Sangioveses that make excellent choices to pair with your meal. Bold and complex, with great finishing acidity, this wine features both brighter fruit flavors of red currant and cranberry, as well as darker undertones of black cherry […]

Prosecco, Port Make Excellent Wines During the Holiday Season (and Beyond)

Here are a few recommendations of Prosecco and Port that make excellent choices during the holiday season. But don’t stop there; they can be enjoyed any time of year…and at prices that make them budget-friendly, highly affordable wines. Masottina Prosecco di Treviso Non-Vintage Brut (about $15) – From Italy’s Veneto region comes this lovely little […]

Looking for Something Different? Give Marselan a Tray

Bodega Garzon 2016 Marselan Reserve – The Marselan grape is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache; and that puts it squarely in the middle on acidity and tannin levels and gives it instant, crowd-pleasing appeal. This selection from the Uruguay winery carries a whiff of savory herbs on the nose, understated flavors of inky […]

Selections from Rodney Strong Vineyards Make Great Wines for the Holidays

Sonoma Valley’s Rodney Strong Vineyards has a long tradition of producing solid wines at affordable prices. Here’s a sample trio of choices that should work well at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or anytime during the Christmas/Hanukkah holiday season: 2017 Rose of Pinot Rose – Mouth-watering red berry and green melon flavors, a hint of sweet […]