Chateau Ollieux Romanis 2011 “Cuvee Capucine” Corbieres-Boutenac

I don’t know why this wine is named Capucine. Was it named after the French actress who live about an hour away? Or Refuge Capucine, a dog shelter near the winery? Or the local bistro sharing the name? No idea. Regardless, this a great dinner-at-home wine. Round...

Rivetto 2007 “Lirano Soprano” Barbera D’Alba

Rivetto is well known for their Barolo, which is all well and good. Those bottles earn their high price tags, but the hidden gem in the line up is their Barbera d’Alba. Along with the pinot-like complexity and deft marriage of flavors. This is at it’s...

St. Urbans-Hof 2011 Zickelgarten Riesling Spatlese

I tried this wine for the first time almost one year ago. I was at the annual trade tasting for a wine importer. He had just brought this wine less than a week before, and only 10 cases were imported into the United States. I told my client, a wine shop owner, to buy...