Category: italy

2007 Tenuta San Guido Le Difese Toscana IGT

2007 Tenuta San Guido Le Difese Toscana IGT

If you can’t get some Sassicaia on paw, it’s not half-bad to enjoy the second wine! A yummy nose of currants, cassis, dark plums, and cherries. Similar fruit on the palate with additional leather, tobacco, and wood notes. Tart on the finish. Very nice!

4/5 bones


Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese

13% abv

Tuscany, ITALY

Another summer white wine I feature perenniall…

Another summer white wine I feature perennially is Verdicchio, an Italian white wine designed for pairing with seafood…so much so that it literally comes in fish-shaped bottles in Italy! Get some and pair it with shellfish, seafood pasta or any fish off the grill this summer!



Tonight will be a pleasure! You do not want to miss this! We’ve got wines from Italy and they all end in O! Fun to say and fun to drink! CATARATTO, PECORINO, GRECO, FRAPPATO! AND to make it even more fun, our old pal Anthony Lamonaca, the same guy who is traveling through Italy searching for these wines, is here to pour them! How lucky are we??? Plus cheese and bread.


The wines of Rosa Pepi and her daughter Erika come to life in Mazzarone in the area of Licodia Eubea, in the hills along the Dirillo river, in Southeast Sicily. DNA evidence shows Cataratto is probably an offspring of the northern Soave grape Garganega. Jed says this about the Gamè, “The Cataratto has a bright lemon flavor and a saline minerality – perfect for a hot summer day. It’s made for langostine or fried sardines, but that’s just because the Sicilians didn’t have fish tacos.” $14!


“Masseria Coste di Brenta” was established in 2004 in Lanciano by Augusto Tano and Anna Giovanna Di Ludovico. The property has been in Augusto’s family for many generations. It is situated between the Adriatic Sea and the Maiella mountains. Augusto and Anna came by to visit us earlier this year as we’ve been carrying their Montepulciano for years, when we tasted their Pecorino, we couldn’t say no. Smooth, dry, with notes of wild flowers and citrus. Pair this Pecorino wine with some Pecorino cheese for a double PecorinO experience. $18!


This estate is located in the Province of Avellino in the region of Campania. It is owned and managed since 1998 by Andrea Violano and he is assisted by his son Stefano who is also the winemaker. Greco is typically a big fat white with notes of apricots and almonds. Jed says this, “Greco is a very rich grape that historically makes textured, even luxurious wine. Some of the most luxurious are special-occasion wines that can cost a lot and demand certain pairings. What’s rare and fun is to find a more modest and lean expression of this singular Sicilian variety. More sand, more salt, all the texture – let’s leave the butter for the sweet corn and lobster.” $19!


The Azienda Agricola Poggio di Bortolone was founded by the Cosenza Family at the end of the eighteenth century, immediately after Sicily’s transition out of feudalism and the annexation by mainland Italy. Since then it has been passed down from father to son. The land has been used for the cultivation of vines, olives, and wheat over many centuries and today the winery’s ancient wooden press and traditional oil mill are to be found amongst the relics of bygone days to remind visitors of their proud origins. Jed says, “Like many people, I find light Italian reds generally pretty thrilling. Frappato with all its strawberries and purple flowers is no exception, but with all that potpourri some can seem a little like your grandmother’s wine/perfume at the wrong moment. This lean beauty avoids that, displaying a taut energy instead. I think it’s the best Frappato in town.” $23

Here are my top wine picks from August 4th LCB…

Here are my top wine picks from August 4th LCBO VINTAGES Release. Eco-Friendly Wines + Puglia + Campania featured, plus many others:

Super Tuscans are expensive and usually requir…

Super Tuscans are expensive and usually require some years before they can be enjoyed. I was lucky enough to have one recently, courtesy of one of my wine mentors, at his home. Thanks, big Howard! That was a memorable wine!

2016 La Fiorita Rosso di Montalcino

2016 La Fiorita Rosso di Montalcino

Oh hey. Sittin’ on a rock with some Rosso on paw. Cherry, tea, and plum notes on the nose. Similar on the palate with the addition of leather and some chewier fruit. Cheers!

3/5 bones



15% abv

Tuscany, ITALY

Wine reviews from recent birthday party. Some …

Wine reviews from recent birthday party. Some of these are downright excellent (up to 91 pts). Full reviews here:

Enjoyed Cantalici (Tuscany) winemaker’s dinner…

Enjoyed Cantalici (Tuscany) winemaker’s dinner at Mangia et Bevi. Read all about it here:

2013 Altesino “Montosoli” Brunello di Montalci…

2013 Altesino “Montosoli” Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Hehe – sneaking away for the afternoon with this delicious Brunello. Cherry, pepper, spiced leather, tart but meaty notes on the nose. Cherries and plums on the palate with black tea, young leather, and mint on the palate. Age this baby!

4/5 bones



14% abv

Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany), ITALY

Lambrusco is an example of a red wine you can …

Lambrusco is an example of a red wine you can chill a bit before you enjoy.