I Love Organic Wine - A Moderate Priced Chianti

We have reviewed many Italian wines and at least two Chiantis, one that cost about $20 and another at half the price. As you may well know, Chianti has evolved over the years and what was once considered a mere table wine now shares Italy's top wine designation with both great and not so great wines. This Chianti is not traditional; it comes from organic grapes and is not aged in barrels. Furthermore, it is Certified Organic by the Italian agency ICEA, Instituto Certificazione Etica e Ambientale (Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification).

The producer La Castellaccia is located in Tuscany halfway between Florence and Sienna. They use organic fertilizer and the grapes are hand picked. Check out their website for more information on their production process. Interestingly enough these people also run a stud farm for a horse breed that originated in Turkmenistan.

How is Kosher wine produced

How is Kosher wine being produced and why it tastes better than any other wines on the market Is keeping kosher keeping you from being the wine enthusiast that you really are, deep down inside? Well, if it does, you probably live in the Dark Ages or still stuck in the 80's (although is practically the same...) because kosher wine is not what it used to be, not anymore.

I mean, seriously, have you tried to taste the lovely Tishbi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, straight from the luxurious Gush Etzion Vineyard? Yup, ranks high up there with the big guys. Or what about Barkan's classic Petite Syrah, or the lovely Merlot?  You know, Barkan winery has been around for 100 years. They make wines since the late 1890s. That long!

A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A California Zinfandel


Zinfandel is perhaps America's only indigenous European-style grape variety. It makes fruity, powerful red wines. And yet about 85% of the time this red, red grape is vinified into a very popular rose wine known as White Zinfandel, one of which we reviewed quite recently. Don't get confused with the colors; the present review is a red, red Zinfandel wine. You won't mistake it for a rose.

California has been producing Zinfandel wine since the 1850s. Believe it or not, some century-old Zinfandel grapevines are still producing wine grapes. Now the wine reviewed below comes from Sonoma County. Given its price range we are not surprised that it comes from much younger vines. As you may guess, bargain wines don't come from old vines that produce relatively few, albeit flavorful grapes. You may want to compare this inexpensive Zinfandel with an old-vine Zin that may well cost over twice as much. In the meantime, you might well enjoy this wine produced under the Gallo Winery label by Rancho Zabaco, which is itself a century-old resident of Sonoma County. By the way, Sonoma County is the largest volume wine producer in California.

A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - An Organic Sangiovese Carton Sangiovese

When I hear that word, I just have to tell a story. In the final semester of my wine steward course at one of our wine dinners we were served, unknown to us, a Brunello di Montalcino wine. This is one of Tuscany's great wines that for obvious reasons will never be reviewed in this column. I was sitting across from our teacher. When the first drops of this noble liquid reached my lips I uttered a single word, pronounced more slowly than usual, Sangiovese. Twenty wine students, and I was the only one who identified the grape. Two additional comments are in order; a) purists will note that the grape is Brunello, a clone of Sangiovese b) I have never been able to repeat this stroke of luck. When you want a fine wine in the $40 range (or way, way more) you will probably do very well with Brunello di Montalcino.

A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A Southeast Australia Rose

We have plans to review several fine Australian wines to accompany our columns on fine French, Italian, and German wines. This is our second review of an inexpensive Australian wine (the first was a Shiraz tasted early in this series.) When you think of red Australian wines you most likely think of hefty products, not roses. But don't jump to conclusions or you may miss out on some really good wines.