What is Lambrusco?

Two reasons for this post:  First, we’re sorry to all the customers who still continue to call or email and inquire if we will ever have anymore Della Robbia.  We will not, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a similar, just as delicious product out there!  Enter reason…

Chardonnay Desires…

Happy International Chardonnay Day! Let’s face it, the world is full of Chardonnay.  There isn’t a place on the globe that sells alcohol that it’s hard to find a Chardonnay. That said, not all of them are the greatest, but to each their own, and wine is subjective,…

It’s Moscato Day!

Happy Moscato Day! Last year we went a bit into the history of Moscato d’Asti as a grape and the Piemonte region it hails from.  In that content, we spoke about how farmers enjoy Moscato with lunch because of its lower alcohol volume.  Since that posting we’ve spoken…

Off The Beaten Path: Corsica

Coat tailing off of our Understanding AOC series and introducing the Off the Beaten Path series this April, we are taking a look at one of the lesser-known regions of France, the Island of Corsica. The simplest way we can generalize Corsica for those unfamiliar with the island…

Understanding Italy: Abruzzo

Residing due south of Marche along the Adriatic Sea on the east coast of Italy is the wine region of Abruzzo.  Home to possibly the most fun grape name to pronounce: Montepulciano.  One more time, Mon-te-pul-ciano!  Just makes you want to talk with your hands as it rolls…

Understanding Italy: Marche

Le Marche, Italy.  Located on the central eastern coast of Italy, and home to Cesare Mondavi (Father of Robert and Peter), this is a region sadly somewhat overshadowed on a global stage by its neighbors Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Abruzzo, and Umbria, yet in no short supply of exceptional wines…

Understanding Italy: Piemonte

Beautiful Piemonte, home to Barolo and Barbaresco.  Well, home to Nebbiolo more correctly.  Take it a step further, home to Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato, Cortese, and Arneis in addition to other local and international varietals. In addition to a plethora of grape varietals grown in Piemonte, the region produces…

Understanding Italy: Chianti & Chianti Classico

In both Chianti and Chianti Classico, Sangiovese is the main grape.  So what is the difference between the two? No one would fault you if you believed (until reading this) that one is what it is and the other is the more “classic” expression of the wine.  Sorry,…

Understanding Italy: Super Tuscans

Super Tuscans are wines made in Tuscany, outside of the well known Chianti and lesser known Tuscan regions DOC guidelines.  In the 1970s winemakers wanted to experiment with blending Sangiovese (the main regional variety) with the noble grapes of Bordeaux (and in a few cases Syrah from the…

Understanding Italy: DOC, DOCG, IGT & VdT

European wine labels can be confusing if you don’t speak the language they are written in, furthermore they have all types of different classifications from one country to the next without consistent naming or labeling even existing within the same country itself, and to make things even more…