Wine is a passion for me; I love learning about it. I associate it with places and events. It inspires me, consoles me, and connects me to the world.

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Unexpected Florence
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Unexpected Florence

As I sit down to write on my blog about our visit to Florence, I’m trying hard not to make it sound like a Wikipedia article.  As a history geek, I love the facts, dates and events that make up the timeline of a city.  But much like IQ and blood pressure scores do not define who we are as people, dates and facts can’t adequately describe a city, particularly this one.  I struggle to write “from the heart”, but I’ll make the attempt.  Here goes.

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Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir 2013
Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir 2013

Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir 2013

While I haven’t been posting many wine reviews lately, it hasn’t been because I haven’t been drinking any wine.  God forbid!   No, I’d been drinking down a lot of my Spanish Tempranillo stock for the last few months.  But as this year draws to a close, the Missus and I decided to open a bottle of the prize of my (admittedly) meager wine collection, a 2013 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir.  While I hoard my bottles of this wine like Smaug in the Hobbit hoarded dwarven gold, after a crappy 2017 I thought it might be nice to end the year on a high note.

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Tenuta La Calcinaie San Gimignano Vernaccia 2015
Tenuta Le Calcinaie San Gimignano Vernaccia 2015

Tenuta La Calcinaie San Gimignano Vernaccia 2015

We are going back to Italy for our next wine.

I’m not a big white wine drinker.  I tend to prefer heavier, more robust red wines.  White wines are usually either too fruity or too sweet for my palate.  In addition, there are more health benefits in red wines, so I figure if I’m going to consume the calories, I might as well get the positive effects that go along with a red wine.

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Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2012
Produttori del Barbaresco 2012

Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2012

In preparation for our next “big” trip, I am again tasting the wines of Italy.

Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Piemonte, a region located in Northwest Italy. Barbaresco is made from the Nebbiolo grape, which has been grown in the Piemonte as far back as the 13th century. Nebbiolo is a late maturing grape, and is tempermental, very sensitive to different soils and climates. The grapes in this wine are grown at an elevation of 600 to 1300 feet above sea level.

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