Chianti

Celebrating the Year of the Rooster for Chinese New Year with Wine

Chinese New Year Rooster 2017

Chinese New Year Day of the Rooster is on January 28, 2017. It is also known as the Female Fire Chicken year. Red is connected to the fire in Chinese tradition.  According to chinesefortunecalendar.com, “…Chicken is a Female Metal. Female Metal is…

A Few Wine Gems from the Mark Anthony Portfolio 2016

A wine agent’s portfolio tasting typically gives you the chance to try both listed as well as spec wines; wines that may only show up in specialty wine shops or restaurants, in limited quantities.  I have been to Mark Anthony…

A Taste of Italian Wines, A Hint of What is Yet to Come

Italy flag

How many wine regions are there in Italy?  You can probably think of Tuscany, Piemonte, and Veneto, but there are many more.  In total, Italy has 20 wine regions.  These regions are (from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_wine): Aosta Valley Piemonte Liguria Lombardia Trentino-Alto…

A Few Portfolio Gems from Select Wines Portfolio Tasting

Select Wines Portfolio tasting

It is always a special time when a wine agency opens their portfolio of wines for you to taste, review, and recommend.  This past week I had a chance to try the wines from Select Wines’ annual portfolio tasting.  With…

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Comes to Vancouver

Chianti Classico logo

Chianti Classico is a region in Tuscany between Florence and Siena in Italy, which produces wonderful red wines from the Sangiovese grapes, sometimes combined with other indigenous or international varieties.  To be “Chianti Classico” the blend must be at least…

Drink Chianti, Eat Gnudi, Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Ruffino Chiantis

Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  For those that have a spouse, significant other, or boyfriend/girlfriend, there may be some pressure to have a special celebration that day.  It was suggested to me by a PR company in Vancouver that…

New Exclusive Italian Wines from Marquis Wine Cellars

Caparsino Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 label

John Clerides and Leah Bickford from Marquis Wine Cellars have been traveling through Italy’s wine producing regions in search of unique, hand sourced wines to offer their customers. After two years of extensive research, they are proud to announce 25…