September 20, 2023

Petra Zingari 2018

I refresh my supply of this wine on an annual basis. It’s delicious and long-lasting. The 2019 has arrived, but the 2018 is readily available and at great prices. Retailing at $20, the wine can be had for as little as $12.99. James Suckling’s review is right on, in my opinion: “"A fresh, vivid red [...]
May 12, 2022

Pioneiro – Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal Tinto 2018

I’ve lifted the following from the website of Chain Bridge Cellars, a McLean, VA retail store and online presence. See what you think. “Portugal’s wine fame rests on the light, fresh, whites of Vinho Verde and the darkly intense and powerful reds (both sweet and dry!) of the Douro Valley inland from Oporto. But value seekers know that Portugal’s dizzying variety of unfamiliar grape varietals [...]
February 25, 2022

Ramilo, Colheita 2018 Vinho Regional Lisboa

Well-known UK wine critic Jancis Robinson assigned Julia Harding to review this newly arrived beauty. Her take: “The Lizandro Valley provides a distinctive climate that shapes the style of this wine: cloudy mornings, breezes from the Atlantic, warm afternoons on the steep limestone slopes[...]
December 2, 2021

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot 71

Marietta Cellars has been around for a long time: So has its famous Old Vine Red, a red field blend; i.e., a wine composed of various grapes all grown in the same field or (of late) the same state. It has always been good and always has been inexpensive. Now comes the owners’ next generation. According to [...]
July 9, 2021

2016 Bodegas Borsao Cabriola

Was I pleasantly surprised when I tasted my first sip of this beauty. Big. Bold. Complex aromas and taste. Delightful, and reminiscent of wines that sell for four times the price. According to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate reviewer Luis Gutiérrez, “The new impressive red blend 2016 Cabriola [...]
June 12, 2021

2016 Izadi Reserva

I have my dwindling supply of this wonderful wine cellared. I opened my first bottle of it near the end of May. I was really struck by how good it is, with qualities one normally would ascribe to a high-end Bordeaux. According to James Suckling, "Sweet berries and walnuts with dried flowers and blueberries on the nose. [...]