Category Archives: Sangiovese

ACORN Winery: The Art and Magic of Perfect Balance

In my push to work on the “Wine for Normal People” book (draft done, selling to publishers in process!), many things took a back seat. Among those I feel guiltiest about: not reviewing the ACORN Winery samples that Bill and Betsy Nachbur so generously sent to me for consideration in...

Montepulciano, Italy’s Red Gems: A Spotlight on Avignonesi

In and around the Tuscan town of Montepulciano, southeast of Florence and Siena, a clone of Sangiovese grows in dark, deep soils. The reds from this region taste more brooding and earthy than Sangiovese from other famed parts of Tuscany and despite their depth, they are often overshadowed by their...

Across the Café Table: My Favorite Wine Find

Every second Wednesday, Travel Belles posts a question for their “Across the Cafe Table” section. Since I’m an official Belle (check out my monthly column if you haven’t yet!), I’ll be posting my response to the question when I’ve got something good to share! This week, the question was: What’s...

A Walk on the Ligher Side…of Reds

I had occasion to do a tasting of thin-skinned red grapes with a tasting group of which I am a part. DORKY, I know, yet useful so I thought I’d share some observations. In normal terms, thin-skinned grapes make wines that don’t have the color, tannin, and general brawn of...