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Wines
Masottina Viaventi Rose Brut Millesimato, Prosecco Rosé DOC 2022, Treviso, Italia
Masottina Prosecco Viaventi Rose DOC 2022
Masottina Viaventi Rosé Brut Millesimato, Prosecco Rosé DOC 2022 from Treviso, Italia is the perfect "bubbly" to commemorate life's everyday celebrations. Why drink bubbly only on special occasions when life is an adventure that should be celebrated daily. Masottina Viaventi Rosé Brut Millesimato, Prosecco Rosé DOC 2022 is like tasting Italy in a bottle and with only 11% alcohol, it makes for a perfect lower alcohol beverage. Cheers!
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LaBelle Winery - Americus, Amherst, New Hampshire, USA
Labelle Winery Americus 2022
Winemaker Amy LaBelle of LaBelle Winery in Amherst, New Hampshire makes gorgeous wines full of nuanced flavors. Her LaBelle Winery Americus is a dry red, medium body wine that is a delectable blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, and 50% of the French hybrid grape Noiret. The result is stunning with dark fruit and red berries on the aromatic nose with lushness that follows through on the palate with a slightly spicy lingering peppery finish. Although bold on flavors, Labelle Winery Americus has only 12.9% alcohol, which is another plus in its favor. Although great to pair with grilled meats and heavier dishes, we paired it with Luxury Experience - Seared Scallops with Fig Butter and Candied Bacon, and the result was a fabulous pairing. The recipe works well as a passed hors d'oeuvre at parties, as an appetizer, or main course. Cheers and Bon Appetit!
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Ninety Plus Cellars Reserve Series Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2021 Lot 130
Ninety Plus Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2021 Lot 130
The Russian River Valley is noted for producing great wines, and 90+ Cellars Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2021 Lot 130 is gorgeous. Richly aromatic with heady aromas of green apple, lemony citrus, tropical fruit, and a light toasty oak finish on the palate, make it delicious to drink on its own or to pair with food. We paired it with Luxury Experience - Salmon in a Beurre Blanc Sauce with Mushroom Wild Rice which brought out the lushness and complex nuances of the wine. Cheers and Bon Appetit!
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Poggio Rosso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018 San Felice, Italy
Poggio Rosso chianti Cclassico Gran Selezione - San Felice, Italy
Autumn is on its way, and our thoughts turn to enjoying heavier-bodied red wines bursting with flavor. Poggio Rosso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018 San Felice, Italy is a sensational dry, red wine from the Tuscan region that embodies a great wine. Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes, aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, followed by 15 months in the bottle, this wine has a cellaring capability of 20-25 years. We opened a bottle 5 years into its aging capability from bottling in 2018 and it was phenomenal, and it should only get even better in a few more years. We paired it with our recipe for Luxury Experience - Beef Wellington and it was old-school perfect. Salud and Mangia Bene!
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Monteabellon 5 meses en barrica Tempranillo 2021
Monteabellon 5 meses en barrica Tempranillo 2021
When we think of pairing Tempranillo, our thoughts turn to tapas, and Monteabellón 5 meses en barrica Tempranillo 2021 D.O. Ribera Del Duero, Spain is not only delectable, it also pairs well with a variety of food. Aged for 5 months in oak barrels, 50% French oak and 50% American oak, this deep red wine is gorgeously aromatic with blackberries, blueberries, and black cherries on the nose and on the palate and layered oak notes. Salud!
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San Felice Chianti Classico DOCG 2021
San Felice Chianti Classico DOCG 2021
Red wine lovers are in for a treat with the San Felice Chianti Classico DOCG 2021. This traditional, elegant Chianti Classico delivers cherries, raspberries, and hints of violets on the nose and palate and pairs well with a diverse variety of food. We paired it with our recipe for Luxury Experience - Swordfish with Tomatoes, Shitake Mushrooms, and Red Peppers and it was a delicious pairing.
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LaBelle Winery Amherst Vineyard Estate White, Amherst, New Hampshire, USA
LaBelle Winery - Amherst Estate White
LaBelle Winery winemaker and owner Amy LaBelle has crafted a very delicious, elegant, and very special dry white wine with her LaBelle Winery Amherst Vineyard Estate White. Made in Amherst, New Hampshire, LaBelle Winery Amherst Vineyard Estate White sings the praises of New England and the New Hampshire terroir. This is a delectable wine to drink on its own to pair with a variety of food. We paired it with Luxury Experience - Artichoke and Green Chile Mousse and it was a hands-down favorite. Cheers!
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Ninety Plus Cellars Lot 132 Cotes de Provence, Rose de Provence, Rose, A.O.P France 2022
90plus Cotes de Provence Rose 2022
When friends invited us over for a spontaneous al fresco dinner, what did we bring? Ninety Plus Cellars Reserve Series Lot 132 Côtes de Provence, Rosé, A.O.P France 2022 paired with our easy to make, easy to love, Shrimp and Scallop Seafood Salad, because summertime is all about having fun and leisurely, easy dining. Ninety Plus Cellars Reserve Series Lot 132 Côtes de Provence, Rosé, A.O.P France 2022 is the essence of summer! Enjoy every moment! Santé and Bon Appetit!
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LaBelle Winery Petit Verdot, Amherst, New Hampshire, USA
Labelle Winery - Petit  Verdot
What we love about LaBelle Winery located in Amherst, New Hampshire is that Winemaker Amy LaBelle, is crafting delectable, less well-known wines, like her LaBelle Winery Petit Verdot. This bold, red wine is richly succulent and redolent with black fruit, floral, violet, and tobacco notes. It's gorgeous to drink on its own, and pairs well with grilled steaks, bold food, and dark chocolate. We paired LaBelle Winery Petit Verdot with Luxury Experience - Grilled Chicken with "PV" Barbecue Sauce. We not only drank the wine, we also added some Petit Verdot to our homemade barbecue sauce to bring out the flavors of the wine and complement the food, and it was a perfect match. Cheers and Bon Appetit!
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Ninety Plus Cellars Lot 197 Prosecco Rose DOC Extra Dry, Millesimato 2022, Italy
Lot 197 Prosecco Rose 90 Plus Cellars
Ninety Plus Cellars Lot 197 Prosecco Rosé DOC Extra Dry, Millesimato 2022 from Italy is bellissima to drink all summer long. This medium dry sparkling wine combines Glera and Pinot Noir grapes that give it structure, layers of nuanced flavors, its elegant rose color, and lively bubbles. If you love Prosecco and Rosé wine, this elegant Prosecco Rosé is destined to become a new summer favorite and is perfect to drink on its own or to pair with food. To showcase its versatility, we created a Prosecco Rosé cocktail and used it in our culinary recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Cake. Saluti and Mangia bene!
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LaBelle Winery Seyval Blanc, Amherst, New Hampshire, USA
Seyval Blanc - Labelle Winery
Love white wine but want to try something different? For summer we like to lighten up and found LaBelle Winery Seyval Blanc made in Amherst, New Hampshire to not only be delectable, but it also only has 12% alcohol. This crisp, semi-dry wine pairs well with seafood, chicken, creamy pasta, or on its own. We paired it with grilled shrimp with mango and green pepper, and it was delicious, and we also used it in a wine-based cocktail, and it was also a hit. Cheers and Bon Appetit!
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Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Galilee, Israel
Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
For the past 140 years, Carmel Winery in Israel has produced quality Kosher wines with layered nuances of flavors. After experiencing and enjoying their Carmel Signature Single Vineyards Volcano Merlot 2020, Evyatar Creek, Galilee, Israel we tried their Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Galilee, Israel, which was also delicious and had aromatic notes of black fruit, black cherries, cassis, and blackberries, that followed through on the palate with balanced tannins and acidity. Imported by Royal Wine Corp., this wine will be a welcome addition to our wine cellar.
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Ottella Lugana DOC 2021 from Northern Italy
Ottella Lugana Bianco 2021
Now that Spring has arrived and Summer will soon be here, our thoughts and palates start thinking about lower alcohol wines to enjoy with friends. We found that Ottella Lugana DOC 2021 from the Lugana Region of Northern Italy to be a very notable choice with only 12.5% alcohol, but with layers of flavors. This is an elegant wine that is perfect to serve as an aperitif or to pair with food. Ottella Lugana DOC 2021 is imported by Vias Imports, Ltd. Salud!
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Carmel Signature Single Vineyards Volcano Merlot 2020, Evyatar Creek, Galilee, Israel
Carmel Signature Single Vineyard Volcano Merlot 2020
We fell in love with Carmel Signature Single Vineyards Volcano Merlot 2020, from the Evyatar Creek in Galilee, Israel since the first sip during Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2023 in New York hosted by Royal Wine Corp. Intrigued after speaking with the Chief Winemaker Yiftach Perets, we later tried this wine at home where we could better appreciate this gorgeous deep red wine with layered aromatics and dark fruit on the palate. Although Kosher for Passover, this stunning wine would be a welcome addition to your wine cellar and enjoyed at any time. 
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90 Plus Cellars Reserve Series 2020 Pinot Noir Lot 75 Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA, USA
Pinot Noir Lot 75 - 2020 - 90 Plus Cellars Reserve Series
Pinot Noir fans are in for a treat with 90 Plus Cellars Reserve Series 2020 Pinot Noir Lot 75 Russian River Valley from Sonoma County, California. Part of the 90 Plus Cellars Reserve Series, this Pinot Noir is big and bold, a powerhouse of flavor with dark cherries on the nose and on the palate, and 14.5% alcohol. Delectable to drink on its own, this gorgeous wine will steal the show when paired with food. We created a pairing menu, Luxury Experience - Roast Pork with Cherry Sauce, which features the wine in the sauce to pick up its layered nuances. Cheers and Bon Appetit!
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Ninety Plus Cellars Lot 50 Brut Prosecco DOC, Italy
Prosescco Brut Ninety Plus Cellars
Drinking prosecco always reminds us of fabulous times spent in Italy where we celebrated the end of each day with an aperitivo and small bites before venturing out for dinner later in the evening. While we may not be hopping on a plane to Italy as often as we would like, drinking Ninety Plus Cellars Lot 50 Brut Prosecco DOC from Veneto, Italy brings back those memories each time we raise a flute glass and toast, Saluti
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Makasi 2019 Chardonnay M-19CH-SLV-CNV, California
Makasi 2019  Chardonnay M-19CH-SLV-CNV
While Makasi Wine made in the San Francisco Bay area of California may be a newcomer to the wine market, (the brand launched in April 2022), Winemaker Danny Sullivan has been making wines for over 10 years for private label clients, family, and friends. Now the rest of us get to enjoy these stellar wines from the boutique Makasi label, produced and bottled by Treasure Island Wines in San Francisco, California. We loved the M-19CH-SLV-CNV, shorthand for Makasi 2019 Chardonnay Siletto Valley Cienga Valley, as this stunning, non-buttery Chardonnay was aged to perfection for 14-months in neutral French oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks. Cheers!
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Ottella Le Creete Lugana DOC 2021
Ottella Lugana Le Creete DOC 2021
Since 1905, Ottella wines from Lugana, Italy have been winning awards. Their Ottella Le Creete Lugana DOC 2021 received 92 points from Wine Spectator and is a crisp, white wine with luscious pineapple and grapefruit notes on the nose, and intense minerality from the white clay of the terroir. This is a wonderful wine to enjoy on its own or to pair with a variety of food. We paired it with pasta as well as with seafood, and the wine was delicious. Ottella Le Creete Lugana DOC 2021 is imported by Vias Imports, Ltd. Salud!
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Il Grigio Da San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019
San Felice Il Grigio Riserva Chianti Classico 2019
After the excitement of the November and December holidays, there is always a bit of a slide into the January doldrums and the need for a bit of decadence to ease into the new year. Riserva wines are always special, and we found that the Il Grigio Da San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019 from the San Felice Estate in Siena, Italy was especially so and just what we needed with its tradition of excellence. This intense, deep ruby red Tuscan wine is richly aromatic with layers nuances of ripe red berries on the nose and the palate with lush tannins and balanced acidity. Il Grigio Da San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019 is imported from Italy to the United States by Total Beverage Solution. Saluti!
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Lustau Manzanilla Papirusa
Lustau Papirusa Sherry
Looking for something different to serve your guests? We recently "discovered" Lustau Manzanilla Papirusa Sanlúcar de Barrameda and loved how this extra dry sherry paired with "tapas" making it perfect for easy holiday or anytime entertaining. While new to us, Bodegas Lustau was founded in Spain in 1896 where they continue the tradition of crafting world-class, award-winning sherry expressions. Salud!
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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 2020
Bring 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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