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Benvenuto Brunello Anteprima 2022: Tasting the future: Brunello 2018 & Riserva 2017, NYC, NY, USA
Benvenuto Brunello 2022 - Tasting 2018 and Riserva 2017
On November 17, 2022, we attended the 31st Edition of Benvenuto Brunello, the Benvenuto Brunello Anteprima 2022: Tasting the future: Brunello 2018 and Riserva 2017. Held at The Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City, the unveiling of these incredibly exquisite future wines also occurred simultaneously in London, Toronto, and Los Angeles, making it an international grand-scale event with 68 wineries presenting their wines. Saluti!
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Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d’Asti DOCG 2020
Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti DOCG 2020
Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti DOCG 2020 is a delectable red wine made from 100% Berbera grapes from the Piedmont region of Italy. This award-winning vineyard consistently receives high point ratings and their Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti DOCG 2020 is a delectable and versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of cuisine including Pasta with tomato dishes, pizza, Livorno-style fish, and white meat. The wine is imported from Italy to the United States by Kobrand Corporation. Cheers!
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Luigi Bosca De Sangre Cabernet Franc 2018
Luigi Bosca De Sangre Cabernet Franc 2018
Summer and juicy steaks and the burgers on the grill, rich tomato-based dishes, and cheeses pair especially well with Luigi Bosca De Sangre Cabernet Franc 2018. We loved the depth and complexity of this dry red wine with its deep purple color with dark fruit and spices notes, and lusciously lingering finish. With 14.4% alcohol, Luigi Bosca De Sangre Cabernet Franc 2018 is a rich, bold and powerhouse of a wine perfect to drink now or cellar for a few years...that is if you can wait that long. Cheers!
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Poema Pura Cava
Poema Pura Cava
It is Summer and if you want to lighten up on your alcohol choices without sacrificing taste, Poema Pura Cava, a Brut-style Cava, made from certified organic grapes from the Penedès region of Spain is perfect. With only 11.5% alcohol, lively bubbles, and lovely mineral, citrus, and floral notes, this Cava may become your new favorite beverage to pair with tapas, seafood, charcuterie, or serve as an aperitif. Imported from Spain by Kobrand Corporation. Cheers!
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City Winery Montgomery Mills Riesling 2019
City Winery Montgomery Mills Riesling 2019
City Winery Montgomery Mills Riesling 2019 is a dry, crisp white wine with lovely citrus, floral, and mineral notes made in the Hudson Valley, in Montgomery, New York. Made from Uvas Blancas grapes from the Finger Lakes, this delectable wine has a lower alcohol level of 12.5% and is a perfect summertime wine to drink on its own or pair with food. 
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Trapiche Gran Medalla Malbec 2019
Trapiche Gran Medalla Malbec
Warm weather, steaks on the grill, and Trapiche Gran Medalla Malbec 2019 are the perfect combination. This dark purple, big, and bold red made from 100% malbec grapes, with 14.5% alcohol, pairs exceptionally well with grilled steaks and does Mendoza, Argentina proud. Created to celebrate Bodega Trapiche's 125th anniversary, they selected the best grapes from the Uco Valley to commemorate their heritage for their Medalla wines. Cheers!
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Medici Ermete Concerto Organic Reggiano Lambrusco DOC 2020
Medici Ermete Lambrusco Reggiano Concerto_2020
The Medici family-owned winery has been making high-quality Lambrusco wines since 1890 and their Medici Ermete Concerto Organic Reggiano Lambrusco is the world's first single vineyard vintage Lambrusco. Interesting to note is that the Medici family has been farmed sustainably for decades, and their Concerto is now farmed organically. Their Medici Ermete Concerto Organic Reggiano Lambrusco DOC 2020 is a delicious, dry red semi-sparkling wine at natural fermentation that is "green certified" and has achieved 93 points from the Sommelier Journal. Need we say more? Cheers!
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Chateau de Berne, Romance Rose 2020, Provence, France
Chateau de Berne, Romance Rose 2020Bring on the "romance" with Château de Berne, Romance Rosé 2020, made in Provence, France and imported by the Provence Rosé Group.  This gorgeously presented and elegant rosé has lovely floral, fresh fruit, and berry notes on the nose and palate that whisper "romance" so grab a bottle (or two) and celebrate your perfect romance. Sante!
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Inspiration, Chateau de Berne, Cotes de Provence, 2020
Inspiration, Chateau de Berne, Cote de Provence Rose 2020
It's summertime, the perfect time to "drink pink" although this luscious Inspiration, Château de Berne, Côtes de Provence, 2020 made in Provence, France and imported by the Provence Rosé Group, would be lovely at any time of the year. Winemaker Alexis Cornu has created a gorgeous rosé with a rich salmon-rose color with an enticing flavor profile that is perfect to enjoy on its own or to pair with food. 
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Hampton Water Rose 2020
Hampton Water Rose 2020
Rosé wines are the perfect Summer wine, and Summer in the Hamptons and the South of France are the makings of dreams, which was the inspiration for the award-winning Hampton Water Rosé 2020 created by Rock Musician Jon Bon Jovi, his son Jesse Bongiovi, and French Winemaker Gérard Bertrand, that deftly captures the essence of both. Hampton Water Rosé is a gorgeous rosé made in the South of France that is perfect to enjoy with friends on a Summer evening or anytime you want to remember Summer. Look for the tall clear glass bottle with a diver on the front and "dive in" and enjoy this delicious wine. "Born in France. Raised in the Hamptons." 
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Vento Di Mare Pinot Grigio Organic Wine 2019
Vento Di Mare Pinot Grigio Organic Wine2019
Summer is on its way and our thoughts turn to farmers markets and organic food and wine. Vento Di Mare Pinot Grigio made with organic grapes in Sicily and produced and bottled by Cantine Ermes is perfect to drink on its own, pair with food, or use in cocktail and culinary recipes. The wine has a crisp minerality with pear and citrus notes on the palate, and is only 12.5% alcohol, making it a perfect lighter wine choice for summer. We are getting ready for summer, are you?
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Vento Di Mare Nero d’Avola Organic Wine
Vento Di Mare Nero d Avola
We took our taste buds to Sicily with Vento Di Mare Nero d'Avola certified organic wine produced by Cantine Ermes. Spring is here and it is the perfect opportunity to think, drink, and eat healthy, so we decided to try organic wine. Nero d'Avola is an indigenous grape that makes Sicily its home, and the Vento Di Mare Nero d'Avola is a rich, dark red wine with an aromatic nose and layers of flavors on the palate. Saluti! 
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Vara Garnacha 2018
Vara Garnacha 2018 - Vara Winery & Distillery
VARA Winery & Distillery located in Albuquerque, New Mexico has a diverse and delectable selection of wines imported from Spain that go beyond the standard offerings. We love their Vara Garnacha 2018, a flavorful blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, and Syrah grapes that is absolutely delicious. Juicy, fruit forward, currant, cocoa notes, and a slightly spicy finish, this is another great wine to experience. Cheers!
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Vara Viura 2018
Vara Viura 2018

Looking to expand your white wine horizons for 2021 and go beyond the usual chardonnay, sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio? We just "discovered" VARA Viura 2018 imported from Spain and bottled by VARA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is a sumptuously delectable blend of Viura, Muscat of Alexandria, and Albarino grapes. The VARA Viura 2018, Vino Blanco Español, is a dry, crisp white wine with lush green apple, citrus, and mineral notes. With only 13.2% alcohol by volume, it is a nice lower alcohol choice for 2021. Cheers!

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Vara Tempranillo 2018 Espanol
Vara Tempranillo Espanol 2018
Winter has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere and with it our desire for bold red wines and hearty culinary recipes. We love the VARA Tempranillo 2018 Español imported from Spain and bottled by VARA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A delectable blend of tempranillo and garnacha grapes provide the wine with a nice balance of body, structure, and incredible layers of flavors. The Vara Tempranillo 2018 Español is delicious to drink on its own or enjoyed with food. Cheers!
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VARA Silverhead Brut Cava
VARA Silverhead Brut Cava
The holidays will soon be knocking at our doors and there is nothing more festive than offering your guests a welcome glass of bubbly, in this case, cava (sparkling wine from Spain) to start the festivities off on an elegant note. We were delighted to "discover" VARA Silverhead Brut, Cava Método Tradicional, which is an elegant and delicious Cava D.O. whether served by itself or used as a complementing component in cocktails. Cheers!
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Castelgiocondo Brunello 2008
Castelgiocondo Brunello 2008When you enjoy a bottle of the Castelgiocondo Brunello 2008, you are reaping the rewards of the Frescobaldi family's long heritage and tradition of 30 generations making wine since 1300. Newcomers on the Italian vintage block they are not, and their wine reflects the delicate balance of art and nature with each delectable bottle they produce. Salute!
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La Gioiosa Et Amorosa Prosecco D.O.C. Treviso
La Gioiosa Et Amorosa Prosecco DOC Treviso Spumante Il FrescoLa Gioiosa Et Amorosa Prosecco D.O.C. Treviso is a reason to celebrate throughout the year with a little bubbly. La Gioiosa Et Amorosa Prosecco D.O.C. is an elegant and delicious brut sparkling wine from Treviso Italy that is made with love, and is perfect as an aperitif as well as in the culinary recipes: Luxury Experience - Scallops with Strawberry Prosecco Orange Jalapeno Chutney and Luxury Experience - Strawberry Prosecco Mousse with Strawberry Prosecco Orange Jalapeno Chutney and Strawberry Prosecco "Soup." Salut!
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The American Ports - Red, White, and Blue
Buckingham Valley Vineyards Forest Cellars Preimum Ruby Port Hip, hip, hurray for the"Red, White, and Blue," the American Ports from CHARBAY® Winery & Distillery, California (Charbay Ruby Port), Buckingham Valley Vineyards, Pennsylvania  (Forest Cellars Premium Ruby Port), DiGrazia Vineyards,  Connecticut (DiGrazia Vineyards White Magnolia Light Port)  and Duck Walk Vineyards, Long Island, New York  (Duck Walk Blueberry Port). A wonderful meal deserves a fabulous finish, and a glass of these Ports served along with the cheese or dessert course will make a memorable finale for your guests.
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Discovering the Bucks County Wine Trail, Pennsylvania, USA

Crossing Vineyards Vines - Bucks County Wine Trail, Pennsylvania - Photo by Luxury ExperienceAs oenophiles, we have traveled the world in search of the grape. We have spent weeks driving through the Burgundy region, have passed many happy hours tasting in the Rhine region, have journeyed great distances to wineries in Switzerland, to the Chianti region, to Sicily, Malta, Cyprus, Canada, and the United States. Sometimes, we forget about the wineries close to home, namely the Bucks County Wine Trail  in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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Rocca Vineyards 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2004 Syrah

Rocca VineyardsSwirling, nosing, and sipping the 2004 Rocca Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2004 Rocca Syrah reminded me why the world is passionate about Napa Valley wines. Award winning wines from Mary Rocca and winemaker, Celia Welch Masyczek of Rocca Vineyards offer oenophiles a true luxury experience.

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Domaine Zweifel - The Art of Making Swiss Wine

Domaine Zweifel - The Art of Making Swiss WineTouring the Domaine Zweifel vineyards in Zurich-Höngg, Switzerland with Master Vintner Urs Zweifel, was an informative and very tasty way to spend an afternoon.

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Lattenberg Rauschling 2005

Zweifel Lattenberg Rauschling 2005 - Zurich,SwitzerlandDomaine Zweifel puts over 500 years of expertise into their wine, and their Lattenberg Räuschling 2005 is a good example of the Zweifel family's pride in winemaking.

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Marques de Tomares Gran Reserva 1996

Marques de Tomares Gran Reserva 1996 Autumn has arrived. It is time to turn our attention to bolder, richer wines to complement heartier seasonal menus, and the Marques de Tomares Gran Reserva 1996 proves itself a worthy companion.

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Marques de Tomares Crianza Rioja 2001

Marques de Tomares Crianza Rioja 2001According to the Spanish Vintage Chart Rating, 2001 was an excellent year for Riojas. With this in mind, I decided to experience the Marques de Tomares Crianza Rioja 2001 and after the first sip, I knew why 2001 was considered to be an excellent year.

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Valdelapinta Verdejo Rueda 2004

Valdelapinta Verdejo Rueda 2004Spring has finally arrived, and with it, the desire to change our culinary regime and drink lighter wines for the season - example: Valdelapinta Verdejo Rueda 2004.

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Winespeak – The Language of the Grape

Enjoying the Grape in ItalyAre you sometimes intimidated or confused while reading the wine list at the restaurant? Does the Sommelier lose you half way through his description of the wine? Wine terminology, also called ‘winespeak’ really isn’t all that difficult to learn, but it is an acquired language.

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Great Wines from Chile - Altair Vineyards

A OKTwo Great Wines from Altaïr Vineyards & Winery in Chile

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Discovery Wines Store NYC

Discovery Wines Store InteriorDiscovery Wines in the East Village - discover the difference!

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