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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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Butternut & Swiss Cheese Ravioli Soup Recipe Paired with Merlot

Butternut & Swiss Cheese Ravioli Soup Recipe Paired with Merlot

Butternut & Swiss Cheese Ravioli Soup Autumn is the perfect time of year to stock up on flavourful squashes as they’re in season. This harvest-inspired soup will be an instant hit – whether you’re entertaining guests or getting the family together. And the delicious combination of fall squash and Canadian Swiss cheese will have everyone asking for seconds. This Butternut & Swiss Cheese Ravioli Soup is so delicious it’s worth every second spent in the kitchen making it. All you’ll need is some tasty cheese, wontons, and squash, and you’re halfway there. The finishing touch is finding the perfect wine... 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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The 2010 vintage of the Cotes du Rhone Villages Le Ponnant is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. The wine was matured in 30% oak barrels, the rest in stainless steel. Firm tannins. This wine is unfiltered....

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The winery sent me the 2014 vintage of this lovely riesling to taste and evaluate, which is fortunate since it was the 2013 vintage at the LCBO tasting. Green apple and white pear. Love it. Building an inukskuk is now a ritual at the end of harvest for this winery: lifting the heavy stones requires a team effort. Pair with roast turkey and fun. The winery does whole cluster pressing to extract pure flavour, and only of the first 600 litres per tonne of fruit. Ed allows the juice to settle during a long, slow fermentation. The 2014 vintage is a blend of two distinct blocks of 21B clone vines nowin their early teens as the winery describes them. Finishes with fresh pink grapefruit notes....

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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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