Red Wines

Prego

Prego

BertaniVilla Arvedi Amarone2004Current price: about $50 Last night we enjoyed an earthy, soulful dinner at Pane e Salute, the Italian osteria in Woodstock, Vermont…

Blended

Blended

Clayhouse Vineyard Adobe Red2006Current price: about $12 We seem to be experiencing a blending moment. The Ridge we had the other night billed itself as…

My First Zinfandel

My First Zinfandel

Ridge California Sonoma County Three Valleys Zinfandel2007Current price: about $21 Okay, it's not my first Zinfandel. But it's the first one I've really liked. It's…

Old World, Old Vines, Young Price

Old World, Old Vines, Young Price

Celler de Capçanes Mas Donís Barrica Old Vines2007Current price: about $10 A bright, juicy rose-purple, the wine gives up a subtle but still earthy…

A Bagatelle

A Bagatelle

Acacia Vineyard A2007Current price: about $12 A sweet little wine, juicy and vibrant. Bright pink-purple, with a nose like the wild roses that grow in…

Two Elegant French Dinner Companions

Two Elegant French Dinner Companions

Guy LarmandierCramant Grand Cru Blanc de BlancsNVCurrent price: about $55 Château de BeaucastelChâteauneuf-du-Pape1993Current price: about $60 Last night we hosted an intimate dinner party…

A Dark Spaniard

A Dark Spaniard

Buil and GinéToro DO2004Price: $24 The Toro Denominación de Origen is located along Spain's Duero river valley, where the stony soils and relatively high…

Simple Gifts

A remarkable thing happens to me when I let myself stretch a little, when I take a little risk: the gifts come pouring in….

Cooling it on the Rocks

Cooling it on the Rocks

Las Rocas de San AlejandroViñas Viejas Garnacha2003 We bought quite a bit of this wine a while ago for twelve or thirteen dollars a…

The Rhône Rabbit

The Rhône Rabbit

Bonny Doon VineyardCigare Alternative C2004 Brilliant red-purple, like the queen's velvet. The nose is floral; I get violets, the breath of spring. I get…

A Little Trip to the South of France

A Little Trip to the South of France

Château de FlaugerguesLa Mejanelle "Cuveé Sommelière"2006 Ruby red, this Coteaux du Languedoc opens with a nose of washed linen, cherry, and fresh Provençal herbs…