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10 Best Primitivo Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Primitivo

10 Best Primitivo Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Primitivo

Primitivo is an Italian red grape that many wine drinkers recognize by its American counterpart Zinfandel, although the grape’s true origin is Croatia, where the grape is known as Crljenak Kaštelanski. Some have taken to calling Primitivo ZPC to include all three grape names as an acronym, even though it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue the way the wine does. You’ll find my Top 10 Primitivo reviews and ratings here. 5 Surprising Facts about Primitivo: 1. Primitivo has been grown in the heel of Italy, Puglia, since the 18th century, where it is now roughly the twelfth most planted grape... learn more  

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Gourmet Spreadable Cheese Recipes and Wine Pairings

Gourmet Spreadable Cheese Recipes and Wine Pairings

Gourmet Spreadable Cheese Terrine with Toasted Pecans Recipe Ingredients 8 oz. Rondelé® by Président® Garlic & Herbs Cheese Spread, room temperature 8 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature 3/4 cup Toasted Pecans, chopped 2 tbs Parsley, chopped 1 tsp Orange Zest Instructions Line a small loaf pan completely with plastic wrap, allowing several inches of overhang. Blend Rondelé® by Président® Gourmet Spreadable Cheese with cream cheese in food processor until completely combined. Layer in pan: 6 tablespoons pecans, half of cheese mixture, parsley, orange zest, remaining half of cheese mixture, finishing with 6 tablespoons pecans. Wrap over-hanging plastic wrap over top... learn more  

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Wine's Finest Moments in the Movies

We chat about how Hollywood's most memorable characters, from James Bond to Hannibal Lector, have always had a little help from the wine bottle. How wine is portrayed in the movies is often revealing about our wine culture. Sit back, open a good bottle and ... learn more  

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Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2012

Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2012

This is what elegance and restraint tastes like from Australia: French grammar school, Australian graduate studies by the consummate gentleman winemaker Peter Gago. This wine was matured for a year in French oak, 26% of which was new. Lovely aromas of mint ... learn more  

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Box Wine: Good or Grim? How to Drink Inside the Box

Box Wine: Good or Grim? How to Drink Inside the Box

“Where do you keep your boxed wine?” I ask the liquor store clerk, brushing away the loose strands of the auburn wig from my face. “You mean the two bottles of wine we sell in the gift box?” she asks, peering into my dark sunglasses. “No, the stuff that comes as a bag in the box,” I snap back. (I’ll throw away pretension, but not my reputation.) “Ah, follow me” she says, taking me to the back section that has the same social approval as where they keep the adult flicks in video stores. In 1967, an Australian invented the... learn more  

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This is a completely dry wine even though it is fortified (albeit at the lower end of the alcohol spectrum at just 15%), and has delicate white floral aromas and lightly salted notes of almonds. It makes an excellent companion to fresh seafood and shellfish or as an aperitif with nuts and cheeses. Serve chilled....

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I dare you to take the blind bubbly test with this wine and a top cuvee from Champagne. You'll be hard-pressed to tell the difference in quality; only the Nova Scotia zest and signature might give away Benjamin Bridge. Truly this wine is a remarkable achievement from one of Canada's best producers of the genre, in a terrific vintage. Winemaker Jean-Benoit Deslauriers crafts this sparkling wine using the traditional method of the second fermentation in the bottle, just as they do in the Champagne region of France. They also use the same grapes in their blend: Pinot Noir (39%) and Chardonnay (61%). The grapes for this Nova Scotia cuvee are all estate grown and hand-harvested in October 2008 at 18.2 brix and bottled in June 2009 after spending 5 years on the lees to add richness, creaminess and depth. The 2008 vintage had the ideal conditions of sustained cool weather moderated by the Bay of Fundy which allowed for slow and complex ripening of the grapes, which are cropped at severely low levels to create great depth and complexity in flavour and phenolic ripeness. Seductive aromas of complex notions of toasted bread (bannock) cooling in on a NS seaside kitchen window with fresh apples rolling across the palate from a nearby sun-dappled Annapolis Valley orchard. There's a crisp snap and tang on the finish, like dipping your sun-warmed senses into the Atlantic Ocean. Close your eyes an enjoy this with a lazy afternoon....

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In my ongoing quest to find the world's best bargain bottles, I select new wines weekly that represent the best value under $20. These are wines that taste twice as expensive as they cost ...

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