Here’s another rule that’s made to be broken: “M’sieu, you must nevair drink wine with your salad!”
This one begs all manner of questions: What kind of salad? What’s in it? And what kind of wine are you planning to open?
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Ruby in color, rather light, clear but not transparent. Simple red-fruit aromas, cranberry perhaps, with a back note of fresh green herbs. Dry and tart on the palate, red-fruit flavors follow the nose, crisp, palate-cleansing acidity, food-friendly 13% alcohol, and a softly bitter note of tannins joining tart berries in the finish. U.S. importer: Vanguard Wines, Columbus, Ohio.
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Who remembers when Lambrusco was still a thing? Fizzy, light and fun, easy to drink, for many of us it was something like the gateway wine. Pop a Riunite? Chill a Cella? These were the Pepsi and Coke of adult beverages when the Baby Boom was growing up …
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Pull off the plastic clip that holds down its fun, mushroom-shaped cap, and this wine opens with a pop and pours with a short-lived fizz. Clear, light reddish orange, fading to watery pale at the edge, almost a rosé. Very attractive red-berry scents, a pleasant mix of raspberries and strawberries. Red fruit on the palate follows the nose, with more carbonation in the mouthfeel than you see in the glass. Fresh, crisp acidity and a distinct note of pleasant but perceptible bitterness in the finish. Interesting sipping wine, light and gulpable at 11% alcohol, clean and palate-cleansing in the long, fresh finish.
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The Cantina Sociale Cooperativa in the town of Locorotondo, in the Puglia region, has 1,300 wine producers turning out 5.5 million bottles per year – reds, rosés, sparkling wines, and two whites, including Biancaluce, which Neil discovered by happy accident on a recent trip. Read article.
Zinfandel! Call it Zin for short, or Primitivo, Tribidrag, Crljenak Kaštelanski, Plavac Mali … This remarkable grape found its way from Croatia to Italy and America and beyond.
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