For Vino Only

For Vino Only (I love my mom)
Some of you know I recently started “Pairs with Cheez-its”, due to dad sending me 2 boxes in isolation care packages. Well, mom somehow got wind that I was doing this, and sent the pictured bag. My parents don’t have cable or internet, and have no way of following anything I’m doing on social media. They also don’t drink by choice all of their lives and at first were not thrilled when I took a shine to wine. When I opened up this surprise package, it made me cry my eyes out, as you can see why in the pic. Also mom is still fighting stage 3B lung cancer, otherwise known as Adenocarcinoma, which is found in non smokers. I have no idea when I will see them again. If you are with your mom today, or any mom today, hug them hard. Tell them you love them. Happy Mother’s Day to every one! Gotta go and call mom. #mothersday #wine @cheezit @cheezits_official_ #cheezit


Don’t Forget To Soar

WINE MEMORIES from 5.16.19

Don’t Forget To Soar 2017
Southold Farm + Cellar
White blend
Texas High Plains
Roussanne & a little Albarino

It’s a beautiful straw yellow. Inhale & here comes the melon, salt, smoke, tiny white flowers loveliness, vanilla & a whiff of cola. Sipping now & here comes the melon, some citrus, salt and honeysuckle. I love honeysuckle. Growing up we had a hedge. I’d love to pick the flowers, pull the stamen out & taste the sweet nectar, while steering clear of the bees. My great grandfather was a beekeeper, so we had an abundance of them. They loved all the different flowers our apple orchard had to offer. Such wonderful memories of a simpler time.
#beforelockdown #workingfromhome #pandemic #covid19 @vinewinenyc @worldbyglass #needmorewine #wine #roussanne #albarino @southold_farm_and_cellar


WINE MEMORIES from 8.8.19

Stolpman Vineyards
Estate Grown
Rosé of Grenache 2018
Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, CA

Beautiful bright shining salmon color. Take a breath and wild strawberries, slate, and raspberries. Take sip and there’s a little lemon, again the wild strawberries, and a touch of hay that mellows out. Makes me want to run in a field barefoot and feel the earth again.

#beforelockdown #workingfromhome #pandemic #covid19 #california #rose #rosé @vinewinenyc @worldbyglass @stolpmanvineyards #santabarbara #ballardcanyon #needmorewine #wine

Oh Cava, How I Love Thee


Bertha Cava Brut Nature Reserva
Grapes: Macabeo, Xarel·lo & Parellada

Color: light golden rays of sunshine

Nose: light and sparkly. Hints of apple and pear but not something whacking you in the head. It and the light floral are just lovely, springy. Some slate/mineral/salt delicate

Taste: Apple tartness, toasty, honeysuckle, clean, fresh, mineral, and beautiful tingly bubbles

I’m a huge cava fan. Every glass takes me back to Barcelona/Spain. I know a lot of people think of it as a touristy place, but heck I live in Brooklyn/NYC. In each big city, there are neighborhoods of lovely people. Just take the time to meet them, share stories with them, you never know you might make a friend. I love all the wonderful people I have met over the years in BCN, all the creative and homey restaurants and bars, and all of the amazing wines I’ve been introduced to…Barcelona, I miss you, I love you, and I hope one day to be back again.

Pairs with Cheez-Its: Makes the apple even more crisp and tightens the mineral/I just licked a rock flavor. Yes, I have licked granite just to find out if it smelled like it tastes, and that was as a kid. Yep, I loved tasting everything as a 5 year old when most would scrunch up their face and say, “No mom, no I’m not eating that!”

#wine #worldbyglass #pandemic #covid19 #spain #cava #needmorewine #pairswithcheezits @cavabertha @vinewinenyc @cheezits @worldbyglass #workingfromhome #penedes #barcelona #Macabeo #Xarel·lo #Parellada

A Bottle of Sunshine

“Sunny day
Sweeping the clouds away”
This is a bottle of sunshine

Cantine Su’entu 
Nina Rosé 2018
Isola Dei Nuraghi Rosso IGT

Grape: Bovale and a small touch of vermentino (anyone that knows me, knows the Dean Martin song stuck in my head now. Lyrics way below)

The color is a beautiful bright salmon. Opening it up, and the first that hits me is grapefruit (don’t kill me, it’s an ipa grapefruit) then fresh strawberries and floral.

 Now for the first sip, whoa there a lot more to this wine than I originally thought. Just like the nose, there’s just picked strawberries, grapefruit (but now not like an ipa), and salt. It’s fresh, bright, but has a body. Sweet w a hint of tart. Lovely. This is a wonderful touch of summer. Wish I was outside, but one can always dream…

My really sweet dad keeps sending me wonderful care packages including Cheez-Its. So here goes “Pairs with Cheez-its”:  My Cheez-it brings deeper strawberries to the yard

Otherwise: Would be great w shrimp and scallops. *Edit: I would love this with fried shrimp (Carolina or Gulf) and hush puppies and sitting on a deck staring at the sea

 #wine @cheezits # Sardegna #sardinia #rose #rosé #bovale #pandemic #covid19 @docwinebar @docwineshop #wereallinthistogether @worldbyglass @cantinasuentu #ipa


Volare, oh oh
Cantare, oh oh oh oh
Let’s fly way up to the clouds
Away from the maddening crowds
We can sing in the glow of a star that I know of
Where lovers enjoy peace of mind
Let us leave the confusion and all disillusion behind
Just like bird of a feather, a rainbow together we’ll find
Volare, oh oh
E contare, oh oh oh oh
No wonder my happy heart sings
Your love has given me wings
Penso che un sogno cosi non ritorni mai più
Mi dipingevo le mani e la faccia di blu
Poi d’improvviso venivo dal vento rapito
E incominciavo a volare nel cielo infinito
Volare, oh oh
E contare, oh oh oh oh
Nel blu, dipinto di blu
Felice di stare lassu
E volavo, volavo felice piu in alto del sole ed ancora piu su
Mentre il mondo pian piano spariva lontano laggiu
Una musica dolce suonava soltanto per me
Volare, oh oh
E cantare, oh oh oh oh
No wonder my happy heart sings
Your love has given me wings
Nel blu, dipinto di blu

Felice di stare lassu

Tomas Cusine “El Geol”

This was the first wine I broke into during the lockdown. Now I only wish I could get more of Tomas Cusine “El Geol” 2016 Old Vines. 

Lovely dark ruby color. 

Nose was warm & loving. Black peppercorns, deep cherry and fig mix, whiff of cola, stone fruit, small oak; and would love to be sitting by a fireplace. Also had balsamic notes that reminded me of a reduction that my friend Stefano makes to go with his steak. Full disclosure, last one I had, I drank straight from the to go condiment cup. He makes the best damn reduction. 

Taste was rich, dark cherry, plum, dried figs, and blackberries. Velvety and full and if it were a sweater I’d wear it every day. Comforting and strong. 

#wine #spain #worldbyglass @vilaviniteca @docwinebar #eatlocal @tomascusine #needmorewine

A Bottle of Love

Rossese Di Dolceaqua, 2018
Maccario Dringenberg
San Biagio Della Chima

The color is a bright happy glowing garnet, like shimmering through a stained glass window. Opening the bottle and the first pour is cherry, mineral, and floral. Reminds me of magnolia or azaleas, but not overpowering like your eccentric great aunt’s perfume. Just reminds me of flowers from home. I remember climbing magnolia trees…Aunt Eula had them in them out back. She was a unique soul, and I always keep a piece of her in my heart. FYI she didn’t wear the before mentioned perfume. She was my hero and a very distinguished nurse. Her backyard always reminded me of a fairy land. The moss, the flowers, the earthy damp humid smell. It was just enchanting and magical. The forest hints in the wine take me fully there.

Bring on the taste: cherry and strawberries. Fresh and tart and fun fruit that opens up to sweet but not too sweet loveliness. Summery floral but not overpowering, light leather, salt and a touch of olive pit. Bellisimo! Happy, happy times

My really sweet dad keeps sending me wonderful care packages including Cheez-Its. So here goes “Pairs with Cheez-its”: All of above but a tingle and more smooth less tang. Actually has a full on prune w it. More sweet. More concentrated. Does it really matter if I’ve hit the point of eating Cheez-its in the dark during a pandemic while sipping wine and watching Chris Cuomo. Oddly the wine makes the Cheez-its more toasty

Onto the travel. Been having a hard time finding a lot specifically about San Biagio Della Chima, so any feedback would be very welcome. So far I’m finding it’s a comune in the province Imperia in Liguria. The comune sounds like it has close tight climbing roads and staircases. Sounds like it would be great exercise, which I could really use right now. There’s also the Chiesa dei Santi Fabiano e Sebastiano, where you can find artworks by Jacopo Rodi di Montalto, Giovan Battista Casoni, Maurizio Carrega and Anton Maria Maragliano. They also have a wonderful restaurant La Vecchia Ostaia (“Mamma Angela”) which has recently been reviewed by “The World’s 50 Best”. Back to the winery, it’s evidently steep planting, so everything is by hand. Sounds like this is a lot of hard and dedicated work by Giovanna Maccario and her husband Goetz Dringenberg. Everything I’m reading is that they both changed their lives to keep the winery open. She switched career first, then love happened and Goetz came on board. Such a romantic story. 

As I said, I’ve had a hard time getting info, until I stumbled upon Patricia Thomson’s article on Rossese. I’m just going to directly quote her on the developing wine history: “But passing generations have witnessed a hacking away of the viticultural landscape. Where once 3000 hectares (7400 acres) of vineyards blanketed these valleys—50 percent more than in the Langhe—now there’s just 100 hectares. Wars and phylloxera started the shrinkage. But farmers voluntarily continued it once the flower industry was introduced. Seeing they could make the same amount of money in half the time with half the property, they started ripping out vines and building greenhouses. Now those multistory monstrosities sit empty, for Dutch buyers have turned to cheaper sources in Chile, Kenya, and Tunisia, where flowers cost one-tenth the price.”

That’s pretty distressing, but evidently there are younger vintners seeking to bring all the wineries back and cultivate the old vines. Thank goodness Maccario Drinngenberg is keeping up this hard work. Please check out Patricia Thomson’s site. She writes about film, wine, etc. and it’s all fabulous. 

Also in Imperia there is another comune, Dolceaqua, which (according to google maps) is a 22 min car ride from San Biagio Della Chima. Monet captured their Castello di Dolceacqua and the Old Bridge Dolceaqua in a few paintings. I can definitely see why he chose to paint this magical place. The bridge is truly enchanting. During research on these works, I stumbled onto another site that is a gold mine of information on Liguria.
A wonderful woman named Agata fell in love with Liguria, and also fell “in love” in Liguria, and built the site so everyone else can see how beautiful the places, people, and the food are. She’s even keeping up posting from quarantine. She is definitely stirring my love for this beautiful region. 

One more take away, as I keep looking into wine, the people, the communities, and the land; I keep finding tales of love, dedication, and perseverance from all over the world. During this tense stressful time of the pandemic/covid19/isolation, I find these stories inspiring and bring a bright light to my day.

#wine #worldbyglass #rossese #pandemic #covid19 #liguria #sanbiagiodellacima #MaccarioDringenberg #RosseseDiDolceaqua #italy #imperia #dolceaqua #needmorewine #pairswithcheezits #monet @cheezits @chrisccuomo @docwineshop @docwinebar @worldbyglass

Living in a Whole New World

Last Thursday (4/24/20), I made my weekly order from my favorite restaurant D.O.C. Wine Bar. Been trying to do the little I can to help my friends and keep our local businesses open during this pandemic. They’re really awesome caring people that I’ve known for years and are truly my friends. Anyway, Claudio Coronas (he and his wife Rossana are owners) added a wonderful present in my delivery of a bottle of Ancarani Romagna Sangiovese Oriolo DOC 2016. Man, did this bottle of wine brighten my night. Wine is always my happy place, but even more so during this lockdown. This bottle took me on a trip outside of the walls of my apartment and all the way to Romagna Italy.

Opened the bottle, poured the first glass and held it up to the light to see a beautiful deep garnet and as I turned the stem little highlights danced on my wall. First whiff was a little diesel (which to me is not a bad thing and I did just open the bottle) but it quickly dissipated. Let it breathe a bit and violet and other delicate flowers pop out. There’s some cherry and toasty warm maybe spice that I can put my finger on scent. It just smells like a warm hug which we all need right now. Seriously, I can’t wait to hug again.

Now back to the wine. Oriolo taste : cherry, a little dried fruit, raspberry, salt, and a little earth, and also a wonderful tang/zip to it. It’s full of fruit with a dry finish. Made me want to be sitting outside by a river with friends having a picnic and sharing this bottle, or even relaxing with my S.O. in front of a fireplace….or it makes me want to travel. This yearning leads me to the Ancarani website.

What a beautiful vineyard! Also not only do they make wine but they also grow wheat, make pasta, and you can contact them about lunches, dinners, and tastings on their sustainable farm. Claudio Ancarani dubs himself the ‘agricolo’ and Rita Babini ‘the energy’. Claudio’s grandfather was the beginning of this venture buying the land in 1934, which is located in Faenza and near Torre de Oriolo. This led me to wonder what is this Torre? First ended up on the Oriolo Dei Fichi wiki page (what an amazing historic structure) and then to Torre Di Oriolo’s Facebook page. Ok, there’s an event with fire listed. I love festivals with fire! Lom a Merz is a festival filled with food, wine, music, games, etc. and a huge bonfire of dry branches, pruning and such; to drive off the winter, welcome the new season and bring on a prosperous one. Sadly, it appears that this year’s had to be cancelled due to the virus, but they had an optimistic note on the event page: “We want to think positive and look beyond the emergency we are experiencing. And so let’s try together to hypothesize a date: Sunday 26 April! When maybe we will already be out of our houses for a few weeks and meet around the fire to burn all the additional effort and difficulties of this longer than usual winter will be even more beautiful! In the meantime, stay at home, take care of yourself: united, respecting the distances, we will do it!” Now this is #romagnastrong

Maybe one day I’ll get to visit Ancarani and hopefully I will find more of your wines, but for now will just have to visit you online. Here’s a little more on Stada della Romagna

#wine #DOCwinebar @docwineshop #@ancaranivini #italy #romagna #fire #lockdownwine