A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A Red Sicilian Blend

Italy produces many fine wines. We have reviewed approximately two dozen fine Italian wines, coming from eighteen and soon nineteen of the twenty regions of Italy. Sicily is Italy's top wine region both in terms of acreage devoted to the wine grape, a whopping third of a million acres, and total production, over two hundred million gallons. In fact, if Sicily were an independent country it would rank seventh in the world for wine production. Now quantity doesn't necessarily mean quality. The wine reviewed is a blend of the indigenous Nero d'Avola and the international Cabernet Sauvignon, both red grapes. Nero d'Avola wines usually are fairly inexpensive but I was quickly able to locate a $80 bottle on the web. Cabernet Sauvignon produces some very expensive wines, for example the California Opus One that costs hundreds of dollars for the best vintages. Enough of that; let's see if this bottle is a good choice for dealing with these hard times.

A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - An Italian Vino Novello 2009

It's that time of year. Many businesses are finally going into the black. If you live in that part of the world, winter is almost knocking at the door. And the new wines are here. Back in the 1930s France organized what was to become an extraordinarily successful marketing campaign Beaujolais Nouveau. Over the years the popularity of such wines has considerably declined, but millions of people still enjoy such wine or the accompanying festivities. This article reviews an Italian new wine coming from the Alto Adige - Trentino region of northeastern Italy. A companion article reviews a more expensive French Beaujolais Nouveau Villages.

A Wine Lover's Nearly Weekly Review Of $15 Wine - A Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2009

This article treats one of the surest signs of November; the French red wine that arrives right on time for Thanksgiving, Beaujolais Nouveau. This wine is released for sale right after the stroke of midnight on the third Thursday in November. During the following 24 hours over one million cases will be sold. Millions of additional cases will be sold before the season's end. Red Beaujolais (Nouveau or not) is based on the Gamay grape, a variety that was forbidden in neighboring Burgundy way back in 1395. This wine comes from specially designated areas (villages) in the Beaujolais region of southeastern France and like all Beaujolais wine comes from hand-picked grapes.

A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A Mediterranean White Wine

I'm sure that you know about the beauty of the French Mediterranean, an area affectionately called the "Midi". In opposition to Tuscany, this fantastic region is not particularly well known for fine wines. Many local wines are roses, which are best consumed on a terrace overlooking the sea. The grape Picpoul de Pinet is mostly grown in the Languedoc region of France, bordering on the Mediterranean Sea. It is both blended and made into varietal wines.

OUR WINE REVIEW POLICY All wines that we taste and review are purchased at the full retail price.

Wine Reviewed Terre a Verre les Roches Picpoul de Pinet, 2005 13% alcohol about $10

A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A Mondavi (California) Cabernet Sauvignon

This article reviews an inexpensive California wine from the recently deceased wine giant Robert Mondavi who to a large extent put California on the international wine map. If you intend to become a wine professional you should consider the Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI) for Wine and Food Science at the University of California, Davis. We are too old for that sort of thing but not too old to enjoy his wine, at least in this price range. One day we may taste an example of his $100 Cabernet Sauvignons, but we won't be reporting on it in this column. For now, let's see how the company's $10 wine does. By the way, you may be able to find this wine in the United States for considerably less than $10.

OUR WINE REVIEW POLICY All wines that we taste and review are purchased at the full retail price.

Wine Reviewed Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2007 13.5% alcohol about $10

Let's start by quoting the marketing materials. Tasting Note: Deep garnet red; wild red berry and cassis aroma; fresh fruit flavor, balanced wine, soft tannins, good quality, easy drinking. Serving Suggestion: Serve with grilled meats. And now for my reactions.