Category: wine pairing

Great Wines of Lodi, Part IV

Great Wines of Lodi, Part IV

It is hard to believe that it has only been one year since our inaugural visit to Lodi wine country. In that time, we have made several return trips and have added three Lodi wines to our web wine store: http://www.topochines.com. A couple of weeks ago, we decided that it was time to take advantage … Continue reading Great Wines of Lodi, Part IV

Original Zin: The Real Story of This Unique Grape

Original Zin: The Real Story of This Unique Grape

We read an article recently in a reputable publication that proclaimed Zinfandel as California’s “heritage grape,” and went on to describe this grape varietal as “a quintessentially American phenomenon.  It’s zesty, rugged and loud, challenging to rear, a lover of barbecue.”  This characterization of Zinfandel is not uncommon and we have even heard more casual … Continue reading Original Zin: The Real Story of This Unique Grape

Bordeaux Meets Croatia – Josić Ciconia Nigra Cuvée

Bordeaux Meets Croatia – Josić Ciconia Nigra Cuvée

For the past year we have been importing and selling a very unique Bordeaux-style wine from Croatia, produced by the Josić winery.  We were thrilled when we read a review of this wine on one of our favorite blogs:  Strong Coffee to Red Wine.  With permission, we are excerpting Rick Dean's evocative write-up on one … Continue reading Bordeaux Meets Croatia – Josić Ciconia Nigra Cuvée

The best Albariño this side of Spain

The best Albariño this side of Spain

Most people associate Albariño - the grape or the wine - with Spain, and for good reason.  This white wine grape grows is indigenous to Spain (although some Portuguese argue that their "Alvarinho" is the original) and there are some truly fantastic wines that come from the wine regions in Galicia.  On our last trip … Continue reading The best Albariño this side of Spain

Stunning Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC

Stunning Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC

Back in mid-2016 we connected via Twitter with The Vinum, an Italian winery located in the small town of Ortona in the Abruzzo wine region.  As it turns out, my husband was planning a surprise Europe trip for the two of us and he arranged for us (to my total surprise) to meet the husband … Continue reading Stunning Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC