Category Archives: Little Darlings

Pietro Rinaldi Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont Italy

You will be surprised by the dark, inky color of this Barbera. It is luscious, rich, and cozy. Piedmont in Italy is home to big, epic red wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco. Choose the third “B”, Barbera d’Alba, it is a wonderful surprise that surpasses the others in quality and value. This wine goes […]
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Pietro Rinaldi Arneis, Piedmont Italy

I cannot stop raving about this wine. Full body and fruit forward. If you are not familiar with Arneis grape, it can produce some beautiful, opulent, fruity and floral wines that are perfect for a sunny spring day. Arneis means “little rascal” in Piemontese¹ owing to how difficult it is to grow. Side note: “little […]
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Ex Umbris Syrah, Washington USA

I was looking for a specific bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon at the grocery store, and they happened to be sold out. Craving a full-body New World red, I decided to try this one out. I can’t get enough Washington Syrah these days. For under $30 USD at the store, this was exceptional value. Red Mountain […]
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Delille Red Mountain Blend, Washington USA

The “Doyenne-Aix” from Delille Cellars is a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. This was a total “fruit bomb”–I was saturated with black and blue fruit, and I loved every moment of it. On both the nose and palate there is rich blackberry, lavender, and clay. A pleasant surprise that was on special for members […]
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Mollydooker “Violinist” Verdelho, McLaren Vale Australia

Another brilliant gem from Mollydooker wines using their creativity and ingenuity. Verdelho grape you may have come across in Portugal as a varietal grape wine or in Madeiran wine. It is so exciting to see how wildly this grape expresses in New World terroir in Australia. This wine vibrantly sings with tropical fruit notes: pineapple, […]
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Mollydooker “Blue Eyed Boy” Shiraz, McLaren Vale Australia

Oh my sweet, sweet Blue Eyed Boy. Admittedly this wine’s name has always tugged at my heartstrings reminding me of my sweet son. Such is the love that the creators of Mollydooker have put into their wines, and they always leave me impressed. Let us be clear–this wine is the best wine you can get […]
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Casa Freschi Nebbiolo, South Australia

Wait, what? Nebbiolo from Australia? I thought this was a gimmick or a stunt, and my expectations were not high before trying it. I was thoroughly proved wrong. Not only is this an amazing wine in its own right, this is one of the purest, most beautiful expressions of Nebbiolo that I’ve had. Nebbiolo is […]
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“The Story” Shiraz, Victoria Australia

A wonderful expression from the famed Grampians wine region in Victoria, Australia. Excellent value as an introduction to Australian Shiraz. Jammy, full body, and rich. Beautiful plum, blackberry, and liquorice flavors. This wine also has a slight herbal note to it, and a peppery finish.

Camins del Priorat, Catalonia Spain

This is the “little sister” of the Alvaro Palacios, entry level with wonderful elements at a reasonable price. Light body, fruit forward. Violets, dried black currant, black tea on the nose. Palate of plum, black cherry, lavender. A wonderful expression of Priorat’s terroir, and a good sample for you to consider spending more on more […]
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Pey La Tour, Bordeaux France

Full body, rich. Blackberry, plum, and mocha on the nose. Cassis, blackberry jam, and earth on the palate. This was a beautiful surprise, much richer and jammier than I expected. Indeed a Bordeaux Supérieur, and awesome value!