Category: Italy

  • Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva, 2018

    95 points from James Suckling.  Seriously.  95 points.  I have no idea what that even means.  For what?  It’s not the best Chianti at BC Liquor let alone the best Chianti available in the province.  It’s a very good Chianti.  Period.  It’s like a 90 point red wine if in fact you must rate wine. […]

  • Fanti Brunello di Montalcino, 2015

    Look what Santa left under the tree.  Wow.  Very naughty but obviously someone’s been very nice. This is ludicrously out of our bandwidth.  This is like that visit to a two star Michelin restaurant in Hong Kong where they had a Burgundy wine flight.  This is just heaven.  Wine heaven.  And I am extremely fortunate […]

  • Montevertine Toscana, 2005

    From the cellar: Well, from someone else’s cellar. Let’s just say you knew someone who collected wine but ended up drinking too much wine and that led them to AA and when they went dry they started giving away their cellar.  Let’s just pretend that happened to me.  But, you know, even people who go […]

  • Duca di Saragnano Nero di Troia, 2019

    The neck of this bottle has a sticker (not shown in the pic) that it scored 97 points.  97 points!  On a scale of what? 113?  Then yes darling, this is up there.  Up there in the points. As for the wine.  What is the wine?  Red.  It’s red.  It’s identifiably red. It’s drinkable.  I […]

  • Villa Teresa Prosecco

    92 points for Prosecco.  What’s the comparison? Andre’s Baby Duck? In regard to flavour, this was fine; the melon and lemon, the lilt of a spring bouquet.  But flat as all get out.  We literally counted one bubble, one solitary bubble.  Look at the flute, freshly poured, could be Pinot Gris. A light, low alcohol […]

  • Mare Magnum Crudo Prosecco

    The bottle says party up.  The wine says better than most Prosecco at the local liquor store.  Organic plays another trump card.  So all round, pretty good value, and fun times.  Good fizz, maybe too assertive (look at the photo; that’s some dense conglomeration of bubbles).  Dry (ish), dryer than the bubbly from up in […]

  • Il Margone Chianti Classico, Gran Selezione, 2013

    Can you guess how many points the Wine Spectator scored this vintage?  As part of a minor celebration we splurged on some rather pricey Chianti (not much to get too excited about in 2020…).  Even with seven years under its belt, we felt it had some place to go, still. Gobs of acidity and light […]

  • Tenuta Di Tavignano Costa Verde, 2018

    Anthony Gismondi called this wine crazy delicious and I’d be hard pressed to disagree.  It’s refreshing, zesty, ridiculously food friendly, a light 12.5% on the alcohol.  Look at that gorgeous ochre tone in the glass!  We got more citrus and a hazelnut as opposed to almond than AG remarked, but the tropical notes shine through […]

  • Rocca Bernarda Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, 2016

    Wow, what a mouthful.  The title I mean.  Makes you think you’ll get more than you do.  Like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; just too bad it wasn’t funny on film.   Mixed feelings over a mediocre red.  Forcefully acidic, aggressively musky in that wet forest floor sort of fashion, […]

  • Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelia, 2018

    Bartlett pear, clover honey, and a good hit of stone with a dry, abrupt finish, but an acidity that breaks through cured meats, olives and firm cheese.  Wait: this isn’t a wine review.  This is the saga of the sorry state of affairs when it comes to wine in BC.   Let’s start here: Some […]