Italy’s Wonderful Whites

When you think of Italian wine—and I’m just guessing here—you probably think of reds. Dr. Hannibal Lecter aside, Chianti is the wine everyone knows best, made from Sangiovese grapes grown in Tuscany, and it’s a truly great food wine.  Amarone, one of my favorites, is lush and powerful, with a hint of sweetness, made from partially-dried Corvina grapes, and works best with rich food. And Barolo and Barbaresco wines, made from the Nebbiolo grape, are among the greatest red wines of Europe.  And of course there are the Super-Tuscans, fairly expensive wines often (but not always) made from a base of Sangiovese, and then "suped-up" with Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot.  The most famous of these, Sassicaia, actually has no Sangiovese at all, and can…

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Wine of the Week: Finca Os Cobatos Godello 2010

Spanish whites seem to be so often defined by Albarino, which admittedly makes a wonderful wine, especially those from Rias Baixas in Galicia in northwestern Spain. But the Godello grape-and this "other" Spanish wine is 100% Godello-delivers up something completely different and something you should try, especially now that warmer weather is here. This one has a very pale straw color but don't mistake it for a wine with no character. It has a really lovely floral aroma, with real body, and lots of lime flavors and maybe some pineapple with strong mineral notes.  Crisp and refreshing.  Some compare it to a Sauvignon Blanc but I think the difference is striking. It's also a great value, depending on where you…

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Wine-Flair Wine News – October 3, 2010

CONSUMER NEWS Political Manipulation on Direct-to-Consumer Bill? Study Says Natural Corks Used Increasingly New York Wines Develop Their Own Identity Chili vs. Argentina?  It's all Good! Sommelier Secrets Coveting Corkscrews WINERY AND INDUSTRY NEWS Long Island Caps a Successful Harvest California?  The Harvest Goes Late Oregon Winemakers Try New Strategies Napa Meets Burgundy for...England? WINE TASTING AND RECOMMENDATIONS South African Standouts St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc Good, Affordable White Burgundy Sauvignon: Your "Go-To" White Wine

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Good Things Come In…Boxes?

While at last week's Wineries Unlimited show, I stopped by the booth of the Scholle company from suburban Chicago, which makes liners and spigots that go into some of today's best boxed wines. Now, let you think that "best" and "boxed" are mutually exclusive, I did taste several wines using Scholle packaging and some were quite good. I especially enjoyed the Black Box (aptly named) Cabernet pictured here with marketing manager Katie Scarpelli, as well as a Sauvignon Blanc and a Malbec from two other producers. And despite a "few" tastings before I arrived at Scholle's booth, I picked out from across the room their signature spigot, which I saw a couple days earlier in a news release photo of…

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