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

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

Ripasso is not a grape variety, but rather a winemaking process, made famous in Italy. This sends the wine into a second fermentation and gives the wine more tannins, body, flavour, and alcohol. You’ll find my top 10 Ripasso reviews and ratings here. 5 Surprising Facts about Ripasso: 1. The wine of Valpolicella, made from a combination of native Italian grapes most commonly Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, is re-passed over the leftover grape skins and seeds of the wine, also known as its pomace. 2. Some refer to the Ripasso style of wine as a “baby amarone,” more powerful than... learn more  

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Chicken and Canadian Cheddar Sliders Recipe with Chardonnay and Riesling Pairings

Chicken and Canadian Cheddar Sliders Recipe with Chardonnay and Riesling Pairings

Hooray for summer weekends! Typically I like to do something low-key on the weekends, like get out of the city and go to a cottage with friends. But if you’re anything like me, planning the perfect cottage meal can be a challenge; it’s easy to resort to the standard hot dogs and hamburgers. To take a break from the regular cottage fare, try this recipe for Chicken and Canadian Cheddar Sliders with Cucumber Remoulade. They’re a refreshing change from the usual, with smooth Canadian Cream Cheese and yummy Canadian Cheddar. The cheese definitely taste delicious on their own, and combining... learn more  

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Wine's Finest Moments in the Movies ...

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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The Right Temperature for Wine? Chilled Reds, Warmer Whites

The Right Temperature for Wine? Chilled Reds, Warmer Whites

What is the right temperature for wine? Depends on if the wine is red, white, sparkling or dessert. However, all wine is often served at the wrong temperature, with red wines too warm and white wines too cold. Too cold, and a wine’s complexity and aromas are numbed; too warm, and it tastes alcoholic, flabby and astringent (that mouth-drying feeling we get from walnuts). The old advice about serving reds at “room temperature” comes from the days when the “room” was a drafty medieval castle of about 18 degrees Celsius (64.4° Farenheit), not today’s toasty, centrally heated homes where the... learn more  

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Vigne Regali Banfi Pure lemon sunshine in this zesty Italian white wine from Vigne Regali (Gavi)! Finishes crisply with notes of chives and lemon. The ancient story says that the Principessa Gavia, daughter of the King of the Franks, had a village and a wine named after her. The local Cortese grape offers lots of refreshment. Clean, crisp and refreshing with terrific mouth-watering acidity for seafood and salads. Medium-bodied layers of pleasure in this DOCG wine. This would also be a great aperitif. OTHER: Made from the indigenous Cortese grape, this customer favourite will have pretty suggestions of white flowers, citrus and peach fruit with a mineral tone. Vibrant and bright, this is wonderful chilled and served alone or with fish. (VINTAGES panel, undated.)...

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This robust and smooth smoky Italian red wine is loaded with sweet chocolate and mocha notes form lavish oak aging. Fleshy black fruit with campfire smoke. Produced by Terrulenta, the 2006 vintage of Negroamaro Nardo is a blockbuster red wine. Pair with Mexican mole....

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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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