• Wine Grapes

    Lagrein: I think it rhymes with wine

    Lagrein, one of the thousands of grapes found in Italy, was introduced to me recently by TerraVino’s owner Chris when I was looking for something new and different to check out.  Lagrein comes from the area north of Trentino tucked way up by Switzerland and Austria. This region is called Südtirol by the local German speaking population, from the days when the region belonged to the Austrian territory of Tyrol.  Most wines from the region will have both Italian and German on their labels. The region has about 5000 winemakers and is close to a third the size of Napa Valley. This is an ancient winegrowing region – when the Romans came…

  • Wine Grapes

    A True Expression of Barossa Shiraz?

    This is the kind of red I liked to drink with a hearty meal after a hard day’s work in the wood, but you don’t have to be a woodcutter to enjoy it.  Slàinte mhath,  Winemaker David Powell Given the challenge to find a Barossa for under $30, I trekked out to my local wine shops and found many above this price point. WineStone in Chestnut Hill had this Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz for $23 so I grabbed a bottle. David Powell has a passionate belief in the Barossa Valley which he mixes with a love of Rhone wines and varietals. Torbreck is named for a Scottish forest where he worked as a lumberjack.  All Torbreck wines are hand…

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    California Wine Club: Month 1

    I was recently asked to participate in a 3-month Premier Club gift membership (a $150.00 value) from the California Wine Club and write about my experience. Having not previously belonged to any Wine Clubs, I am eager to see what wine surprises the next 3 months will bring! The wines for Month 1 featured the Fess Parker Winery. Fess was a successful actor back in the day, best known for his roles as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. The Premier Club shipment came with 2 bottles, the 2010 Parker Station Pinot Noir (retail ~$12) and the 2010 Fess Parker Riesling Santa Barbara (~$14). The Parker Station Pinot Noir is meant to be “the best…