Lake Chalice – NV Cracklin’ Savie

Looking for something fun and sparkly to open on a Friday night?  You’re gonna love this one! I was in a great little wine shop in Annapolis, Maryland (Mills Fine Wine & Spirits), and met Patrick Darr, a wine consultant at Mills with an amazing palate and knowledge of wine.  Pat pulled this one out … Continue reading

Willm – NV Brut Prestige Crémant d’Alsace

The cold, snowy months of this winter have certainly left many, including me, feeling blah.  But today was just what the doctor ordered – sunny and warmer, with a promise of spring in the air.  What better way to celebrate than to pop open a bottle of bubbly!  So pop I did!  I picked up … Continue reading

Louis Bouillot – Cremant de Bourgogne Perle d’Aurore Brut Rose

Every New Year celebration demands a delightful bottle of bubbly, and this sparkling wine is just that!  This pale salmon sparkling rose makes the perfect start to the New Year, and any other celebration.  Made from Pinot Noir and Gamay, the aromas of light red fruit abound – cherry, strawberry, and just a bit of … Continue reading

Wine Wonderings – The Hills Are Alive…With Austrian Wine

What could be better than a wine dinner?  Just thinking about it makes me smile.  So when one of my favorite restaurants announced that they were planning a wine dinner, my fingers couldn’t dial the number fast enough to make that reservation. The restaurant?  The Bavarian Inn, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  A beautiful inn with … Continue reading

Evans & Tate – 2009 Metricup Road Margaret River Shiraz

This wine is a surprisingly fruit forward shiraz.  Juicy ripe cherry, plum and berry aromas delightfully waft from the deep ruby wine.  Those aromas carry through nicely to the flavor.  The flavor also hints of very light spice and a slight touch of cedar.  Perhaps the biggest surprise is the absence of alcohol heat, which … Continue reading

Abate Franco Alba – 2009 Cuti Nero D’Avola

When the cold, wet weather hits, a warm red is always in order.  This Sicilian wine echoes the hot, dry climate of the Italian island.  Dark ruby with modest legginess.  The dark cherry on the nose blended with a bit of plum and prune.  A hint of spice touched the aroma as well.  The taste … Continue reading