Cellar Notes

Notes about the wines we have tried recently.

Cinzano Prosecco and Asti

Mixing Cocktails with Cinzano Prosecco DOC and Asti DOCG

I rarely use sparking wine as a mixer to make cocktails. Generally, I simply enjoy a glass of sparkling wine with appetizers or a meal. To be honest, it just doesn’t occur to me to use sparkling wine to make a cocktail. So, a recent invitation to sample Cinzano Prosecco DOC and Cinzano Asti DOCG along with a cocktail kit caused me to pause for a minute and consider the potential. Maybe I should explore the possibility. I replied yes to the offer of tasting samples and before I knew it I was playing mixologist.

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Celebrating 80 Years of Winemaking With Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

“This wine dances across my tongue,” exclaimed our friend and dinner guest as he savored the first few sips of the Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG. He couldn’t define for me what that meant exactly, but he liked the wine very much. He was not alone in that evaluation of this delightful Amarone produced in Valpolicella’s Classico zone north of Veneto.

Carpene Malvolti Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco

Carpenè Malvolti 1868 Extra Dry Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG — Hard to Say But Easy to Like

Stop rolling your eyes. Yes, I know the complete name of this delightful Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore is very long (and nearly impossible to pronounce) but there is a lot of information and history in its name. And it’s the perfect opportunity to learn a bit about one of Italy’s most prestigious Prosecco designations. Let’s dissect its meaning then taste the wine.

Killka Wines

Wines from Bodegas Salentein: The Killka Collection

Bodegas Salentein is located in the upper elevations of Valle de Uco, Mendoza in Argentina. The goal of the winemaking team is to produce wines that reflect the high-altitude terroir of the Uco Valley. The Killka collection of wines is named for the Killka Gallery, home to a collection of Argentinean artwork, which graces the labels of this collection of wines.

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Locations F4 – French Red Wine

This wine is the fourth release of Dave Phinney’s F wine produced and bottled by Locations Wine. It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and assorted Bordeaux varieties sourced from growers in the Rhône, Roussillon and Bordeaux regions of France.

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Domaine du Théron Cahors: Malbec From Its Origins

If you are a casual wine drinker, or new to wine, you may associate Malbec with Argentina – and with good reason. More Malbec is produced in Argentina than anywhere else in the world today. Argentinian Malbec is fruity, easy to like and relatively inexpensive. And it’s widely available. But, dating back at least to the Middle Ages wine has been made from Malbec along the Lot River in southwest France near the village of Cahors. This Malbec is not so well known, and that’s a shame.

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Chateau Montelena Winery: Famous for Chardonnay, but Don’t Overlook the Cabernet Sauvignon

On May 24, 1976 Chateau Montelena’s fortunes changed for the better — and in a big way. Jim Barrett’s 1973 Chardonnay won the Judgement of Paris white wine competition. It wasn’t just any competition. The Judgement of Paris was organized as a blind tasting of California Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon against France’s best Burgundy and Bordeaux. Not insignificantly the competition was in France and the judges were French.