Cantina Colle Moro Cerasuolo D’Abruzzo Rosé 2013

A wonderfully glugable, dry Rosé cheerfully delivering tart fruits and light spices. At only $7, a fantastic value for sipping on its own or accompanying light dishes.

Located in central Italy, Cerasuolo D’Abruzzo is the newest DOC in the Abruzzo region. Created in October 2010, the DOC covers the fresh, intensely flavoured, dry wines formerly labeled as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cerasuolo. The wines are crafted using an ancient winemaking technique in which the juice has a very limited amount of contact with the skin. [Cerasuolo refers to the bright cherry red colour of the wines.]

Estate: Cantina Colle Moro was established in 1961 by a small group of growers. Today, the quality of their wines has rewarded them with many accolades.

Philosophy: “The will to improve.” With 50 years of winemaking experience and traditions, the winery takes special care in paying attention to the tastes of its consumers, and “aim to continuously improve our products, pursuing a strong and competitive presence on the market”.

Tasting Notes: Cherry red in color with delicate aromas of raspberry and minerals. A cheerful mix of light, tart red fruits and bright acidity, finishing with dry minerals and hints of white peppercorn.

100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Cerasuolo D’Abruzzo
Estate Bottled by Cantina Colle Moro s.c.agr.
13% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

Cantina del Taburno ‘Fidelis’ Aglianico del Taburno 2009


A refined and straightforward Aglianico fantastic with hearty dishes.

Estate: Founded in 1901, Cantina Del Taburno is a consortium of grape growers located on the slopes of Mount Taburno, in the province of Benevento in Campania, southern Italy. Since 1999 winemaking has been under the direction of Professor Luigi Moio of the University of Naples. With 300 viticulturists members, the cantina is the leading producer in the zone, and are known for their excellent and affordable Aglianico wines.

Winemaking: In addition to encouraging the advancement of indigenous grape varietals, the winery practiced organic farming, using only organic fertilizers, copper and sulphur based products when absolutely necessary, and very low amounts of sulphur in the production of their wines. The grapes for Fidelis were sourced from vineyards with volcanic soils, fermented in stainless steel and aged in both large oak casks and old French oak barriques.

Tasting Notes: Brick garnet in color with aromas of candied cherry and hints of cigar box spice. Tart, vibrant cherry along with blackberry complimented nuances of smoky tar and licorice on the dry, lengthy finish.

90% Aglianico, 10% Sangiovese
Aglianico del Taburno / Campania
Estate Bottled by Cantina del Taburno
13% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2017

Rated 90 points by The Wine Advocate

The Ned Waihopai River Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013


A vivid, tropical, yet still crisp and refreshing, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand with the presence of a more expense bottle.

Estate: The Ned is a label of Marisco Vineyards, which is located in the Waihopai Valley of Marlborough in New Zealand. The estate is owned by one of New Zealand’s most respected winemakers Brent Marris, along with his wife Rosemary. At the forefront of New Zealand viticulture development, Marris “works in harmony with native flora, fauna and natural land formations”. They are honoured to be the home of the rare Karearea Falcon of New Zealand; a breeding pair have found the vineyards to be a safe haven, and Marris has added nesting boxes in order to assist in growing the population.

Philosophy: To be “a progressive wine company committed to building brands and taking the unique Marlborough, New Zealand story of wine to the world”.

Winemaking: Named after the tallest mountains that overlook the vineyard, half of all of The Ned production is dispatched to the UK. In its only five years of production, it has become “a word-of-mouth bestseller”. Brent Marris’s goal with The Ned is to convey simple flavours, he “didn’t want the big, fat chardonnay style” but rather aims for an “electric” as well as “easy to drink” wine.

Tasting Notes: Pale gold in color with vibrant aromas of pineapple and honeysuckle blossom. Bright apple and pineapple flavors rode atop an undercurrent of flint minerals and herbaceous notes, whilst pink grapefruit and slight traces of coconut comprised the lush finish.

100% Sauvignon Blanc
Waihopai River Marlborough
New Zealand
Produced and Bottled by Marisco Vineyards Limited
12.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2016

Rondelli ‘Migliarina’ Rossese di Dolceaqua 2010


An engaging exercise of allowing a little bit of age to accumulate on a bottle meant to be enjoyed young, it was interesting to observe the metamorphosis from lively fruit and fresh herbs to velvety dried fruit and exotic resins with time.

In Coastal northwestern Italy, the Rossese grape with its unique combination of bright fruit and profound savory herbs and resin notes, is the predominant red wine grape. Rossese di Dolceaqua is a tiny DOC in Liguria just inland of the Italian Riviera near the French-Italian border that produces only a small amount of wine, most of it is enjoyed locally and never leaves Italy, so it is well worth picking up when you happen upon them.

Estate: Azienda Agricola Rondelli is a family estate founded two generations ago by Mary Rondelli. Today her grandchildren maintain her traditions, and have acquired more parcels of land. They also cultivate olives and vegetables that they sell in the local markets.

Winemaking: 30% of the wine was aged in barrique, 10% of which was new barrels.

Tasting Notes: Brick orange in colour with charming aromas of cherry, earthy barnyard and traces of smoke. Dried strawberry and cherry flavours were underscored by engaging elements of sandalwood and fennel, whilst smooth tannins carried thru to a lightly spiced finish. Enjoy with a slight chill.

Rossese [I could not confirm varietal percentage, but according to DOC laws it must be at least 95%]
Rossese di Dolceaqua
Produced and Bottled by Azienda Agricola Rondelli Agriturismo ca Farò
13% Alcohol
Enjoy now

Vrac Vin de Pays de Méditerranée Rosé 2013


Light and refreshing, this is a wonderfully glugable Rosé and a hard to beat value.

With notable winemakers and distributors producing high quality, small vineyard, sustainably farmed, bag in box wines, I have become a devotee of the versatile concept. They tend to be a bit harder to locate in most wines shops, [I put in a request at one of my local shops] and a few dollars more than the big name boxed wine, but they are a fantastic value well worth seeking out.

Winemaking: Vrac translates to “bulk” or “loose” and refers to the French practice of locals filling their own vessels with wine directly from the winery’s tanks. The producer intended to reflect that custom with VRAC, and crafted a simple, French countryside jug-style wine. This is only the second vintage for the Rosé.

Tasting Notes: Super pale coral pink in colour with aromas of summer melon and wildflowers. Light, airy strawberry and red grapefruit notes dash along a lively acidity along through the dry, mineral driven finish.

Blend of Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault
Vin de Pays de Méditerranée
Bottled in Provence by Cotes D’Azur Wine Selection
12-14% Alcohol
$20 [One box = 4 bottles]
Enjoy now