Wine School of Philadelphia

Nozzole 2000 “La Forra” Chianti Classico Riserva

A style of Chianti that is growing rarer by the vintage. Leather, wet earth, and game notes are predominant on the nose, with bing cherry & smoke flavors on the palate. Light to medium in body, this is a lovely balance of earth & fruit in a food-friendly framework. The current pricing in Pennsylvania is $16 , which is less than half your average retail price of $40. The great pricing —not to mention this is a classic style of Chianti Classico that will soon be extinct due to changes in wine laws– makes this the wine buy of the week.

philly brewing program

Wasting Away in Wineville

Margaritas and mojitos usually come to mind first, but wine is every bit a part of the laid back lifestyle that defines Key West. Sure, it is very easy to wander into any bar on Duval Street and order up a cold beer or the mixed concoction of your choice – and, hey, why not? However, it is also almost as easy to find a great glass or bottle (or 2) of wine to suit your whims or to compliment the shrimp, pasta, or even steak on your plate.

Key West may have a heavy tourist-like veneer at first glance, but local residents and restaurateurs alike know that many people are seeking exciting food and wine encounters to intermingle with the Sloppy Joe’s bar experience. One can easily spend a week in Key West and have a different fine dining experience every day. Various restaurants claim local titles such as “largest wine list” or “best Italian wine list” and generally do live-up to those claims.

Read moreWasting Away in Wineville

Wine School of Philadelphia

Of Bubbles and Guilt

As the holidays recede ever further into the distance, and as the Thanksgiving-to-New Years need to dull the pain of all that happy-happy family time subsides, Champagne and other sparklers begin to fade from the collective radar. After all, the logic goes, bubbly is for festive occasions, so why would you ever want to pop the cork of a bottle during these depressingly short sled-dog days of winter?

Simple: Because you should. Because bubbly goes really well with more foods that you imagine. And because claiming that sparkling wine is just for special occasions is just as ridiculous as saying that red wine only pairs well with meat.

It is, I think, a two-fold problem. First, the popular culture—and the Madison Avenue ad execs—have painted bubbly into a bit of a corner: We’re told that a celebration doesn’t count as such unless a bottle of it is popped. So does that mean that it’s gauche to open one when it’s just, say, an ordinary Tuesday night?

Read moreOf Bubbles and Guilt

Item added to cart.
0 items - $0.00