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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Castello di Ama Chianti Classico
Castello di Ama Chianti

Castello di Ama Chianti Classico

Well, I’m finally leaving my beloved Spanish Reds for a bit and turning to Italy.   As usual, my wine selections often reflect my future or recent travels, and Italy may be next wine country on the agenda.  Historically if I drink Italian wines, I gravitate to Chianti wines (minus any fava beans of course!)

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Raul Pérez Bierzo Ultreia St. Jacques
Raul Pérez Bierzo Ultreia St. Jacques 2013

Raul Pérez Bierzo Ultreia St. Jacques

Note:  I haven’t written one of these wine tasting posts in a while.  It isn’t that I’m not drinking wine (perish the thought!) but we have been consuming a lot of the Baron de Ley stock we have.  It has become my wife’s “go-to” wines of choice.  However, we finally broke out of that “rut”, but we still haven’t left Spain.  Instead of Rioja Tempranillo, we moved to Mencia grape wine from Bierzo region with the Raul Pérez Bierzo Ultreia St. Jacques.

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Wine Over Beer, Never Fear…
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Wine Over Beer, Never Fear…

I’m a recent convent to the religion of wine.  Of largely Irish heritage, I grew up a beer drinker and stayed that way through most of my adulthood.  However in the past 4-5 years, spurred mostly by my travels and a desire for better health, I have switched almost totally to wine.  Like when I started drinking beer, wine is an acquired taste.  It takes time to develop a palate for drinking wine.  While I can’t say that I have a fully developed wine palate, I can say I’m definitely a wine lover now.  And here are the reasons why:

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