NV Mestres 1312 Cava Reserva, Barcelona, Spain The Wine of the Week by Annette Tomei So, what is Xarel-lo (and how do you pronounce it)? Cava lovers outside Spain may not be familiar with one of the most important grapes blended into their favorite wine, much less how to say its name properly. Let’s start with […]
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Annette Tomei is a food and beverage industry professional with a Master’s of Arts in Gastronomy and extensive education in wine and spirits. Her career includes over ten years in culinary education – both instruction in cooking and wine and administration – with two of the top culinary institutions in the world. If that doesn't impress you, we think her recommendations in her Wine of the Week column will!
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2014 Meßmer, Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder), Pfalz, Germany Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei What is Spätburgunder? And how did it get into our Pinot Noir flight? Oh, yes, we must be in Germany! Things can be a bit different here. In the case of Pinot Noir, it is simply in the name. Spätburgunder is the […]
2015 VINI, “Veni Vidi Vici”, Pinot Noir, Thracian Valley, Bulgaria Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei When considering where in the world your next Pinot Noir will come from, my guess is that Bulgaria is not on your radar. But, yes – there is tasty Bulgarian Pinot Noir!
2015 Huarpe, Taymente, Pinot Noir, Tunuyan, Argentina Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei When place is in question, Pinot Noir is certainly one of the most persnickety grapes. It has strong preferences regarding climate, soil conditions, and elevation – certainly not voted “most likely to travel the world.” However, there is such thing as Pinot […]
2015 M. Chapoutier “La Ciboise” Blanc, Luberon, France Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei To complete our flight of French whites, we discover an affordable Rhône white wine that has aged gracefully. Maison M. Chapoutier is a respected négociant and producer in the Cotes du Rhône, best known for their Hermitage wines. La Ciboise […]
2015 Olivier Leflaive, Aligoté, Bourgogne, France Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei Think Chardonnay is the only white wine game in town in Burgundy? Think again. To overlook Aligoté as merely “the other white grape” is to miss out on a refreshing vivacious delight. So what is Aligoté? Well, for starters, it’s the second […]
2016 Château Teulon Roussanne, Costières de Nimes ADP, Saint Gilles, France Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei This delicate and slightly exotic vin blanc is the first of three wines in a flight titled French Kiss. I love tasting wines in flights, especially when the sommelier has put some effort (and passion) into creating […]
2015 Lapostolle, Grand Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Rapel Valley, Chile Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei Young wine lovers are celebrating youth. Not just their own, but that of the wines they enjoy as well. Yes, there is still a sincere appreciation for a time-honored tradition of cellaring special wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines. Unfortunately, […]
2016 Pomelo, Sauvignon Blanc, California Wine of the Week by Annette Tomei The average consumer purchases wine based on a few basic factors – price, familiarity, and appearance. What’s in a label? Should it be classic, traditional in style? Or, maybe bright and shiny, have fuzzy critters, or purple velvet? Personally, I enjoy the inclusion […]