February 18, 2013
We received a box of samples from Casa Vinicola Zonin, and we picked three from their range of Italian wineries to talk about on this week’s show. We selected three wines from a range of their estates, including wine from Sicily, Puglia, and Piedmont. While they do produce a lot of volume, we like to see the effort to present regional grapes and styles. We taste the 2010 Principi Di Butera Nero D’Avola, 2010 Altemura Sasseo Primitivo, and the 2011 Castello del Poggio Moscato D’Asti.
What is the highest quality Moscato d’Asti that you know of?
October 7, 2012
Both of us have enjoyed the SP68 from Arianna Occhipinti in previous vintages, and we were both excited to check out the current release. She has also cooperated with some other winemakers in Contrada to make wines under the Tami label. These are intended to be affordable introductions to natural wines from Sicily. All of the wines are enjoyable, and we encourage you to check them out if you get a chance. We taste the 2011 Tami Nero D’Avola, the 2011 Tami Frappato, and the 2011 Occhipinti SP68.
What is your favorite pair of sunglasses?
Renaissance Wines in Orenco Station has been one of our favorite shops for years. Mike has always had great wines, tastings, and atmosphere, and he’s always fun to chat with. We tried to do a show with him back in 2009, but we were unreasonably optimistic about the capability of our cheap little flip cam, and the audio turned out to be garbage. We finally got another interview scheduled, and we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed recording it. We taste through 4 wines from Italy, and Mike has us guess the prices on the three reds we try. We like them all, and it turns out that not a single bottle has a SRP over $20! We taste the Loredan Gasparini Prosecco Superiore, the 2008 Cantele Telero Negroamaro, the 2009 Moroder Aion Montepulciano, and the 2008 Firriato Chiramonte Nero D’Avola.
How has your wine tasting experience changed over the past couple of years?