‘Le Fraghe Bardolino (Wild Strawberries)’ Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa CodeFeatured Wine: Le Fraghe Bardolino (Wild Strawberries)  Denominazione di Origine ControllataFederazione Italiana Vignaioli Indipendenti (FIVI) Grape Variety: 80% Corvina 20% RondinellaRegion: VeronaCountry: ItalyVintage: 2020Certified OrganicUnfilteredVinification: The grapes are harvested in October. The two grape varieties are vinified separately. Maceration lasts 7-8 days and coincides with fermentation. The grapes are managed daily: delestage* in the morning and a pump over in […]

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‘Bott-Frigyes Kadarka’ Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Featured Wine: Bott-Frigyes Kadarka  Grape Variety: 100% KadarkaRegion: JuzsolovenskaCountry: SlovakiaVintage: 2020Certified OrganicUnfilteredVinification: Zero temperature control, open vat ‘Hamburger Method’*Aging: Six months in concrete and steel tanks with light bâtonnage* of sediments.Color: Cranberry RedPrice: Around $20 We are snowed in again, but I’m not complaining, as it makes the perfect excuse to sip delicious […]

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‘Atance Bobal Valencia’ Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Featured Wine: Atance Bobal Valencia  Denominacion De OrigenGrape Variety: 100% BobalRegion: ValenciaCountry: SpainVintage: 2019Certified Organic/Sustainable PracticesVeganVinification: Grapes selected on site and harvested manually. Temperature-controlled fermentation.Aging: Six months in concrete and steel tanks with light bâtonnage* of sediments.Color: Dark Ruby RedPrice: Around $12 I am an avid thrifter, and recently came upon what I can only describe as a whirlwind of fabulous leisure wear. […]

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‘Pian delle Vigne Antinori Rosso di Montalcino’ Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Featured Wine: Pian delle Vigne Antinori Rosso di MontalcinoDOCGrape Variety: 100% SangioveseProduction Zone: Tuscany, Italy Vintage: 2018Certified OrganicVinification: Grapes are de-stemmed, receive a delicate pressing and then are transferred to stainless steel fermentation tanks for 8-10 days at 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Aging: After malolactic fermentation is finished, the wine is transferred to oak casks for seven months.Color: Beautiful […]

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‘Pere et Fils (Father & Son) Hochar’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: Pere et Fils (Father & Son) HocharGrape Variety: 50% Cinsault, 40% Grenache, 10% Cabernet SauvignonProduction Zone: Bekaa Valley, LebanonVintage: 2018Vinification: Handpicked grapes on cool mornings, minimum intervention, minimum sulphur, no fining or filtering. The three varietals ferment seperately in cement vats for 15 days.Aging: Six months in Nevers French Oak […]

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‘Cantine Colosi’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: Cantine ColosiGrape Variety: 100% Nero D’AvolaProduction Zone: SicilyAppellation: Sicilia DOCVintage: 2018Maceration: Grapes left to macerate over grape skins for entire fermentationAging: Aged in stainless steel for six months and aged in bottle for three monthsWinemaker: Piero ColosiColor: Burgundy RedVeganPrice: Around $15 I had a wonderful month which included drinking some delicious wines, […]

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‘Schuchmann Saperavi, Red Dry’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa CodeNote: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: Schuchmann Saperavi, Red DryGrape Variety: 100% SaperaviProduction Zone: Kakheti, GeorgiaVintage: 2018Color: Ruby RedPrice: Under $20 When I heard about a German man who purchased a winery in Georgia and went about creating an incredibly sustainable vineyard, I was intrigued. But, to be honest, I was intrigued before that […]

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‘Monastery Tvrdos Vranac’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: Monastery Tvrdos Vranac Appellation: TrebinjeGrape Variety: 100% VranacRegion:  Herzegovina (Western Balkan Peninsula of Europe)Vintage: 2016Aging: Aged for two years in 100-year-old Monastic (oak) barrels underneath the monastery in the original wine cellar that dates back to the 15th Century.Color: Deep BurgundySediment PresentPrice: $30 It is with great enthusiasm that […]

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‘Yarden Galilee’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: Yarden Galilee Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet SauvignonAppellation: GalileeKosherNot MevushalProduction Zone: Golan, IsraelVintage: 2017Vinification: Grapes handled only by Shabbat observant JewsAging: 18 months in French Oak BarrelsColor: Deep Violet RedPrice: Around $35    Oy vah voy is it cold and windy outside! A perfect time to build a fire and sip a […]

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‘Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the Month Larisa Code Note: Create joy, one sip at a time.  Featured Wine: Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria Denominazione: D’Origine Controllata E Garantita Grape Variety: 50% Nero d’Avola 50% Frappato Production Zone: Cerasuolo de Vittoria, Sicily Certified Organic Vintage: 2019 Color: Deep Garnet Price: $25    I was at the grocery store the other day, perusing the wine, looking […]

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