Texas v. Virginia, Part 1

So quite by accident, The Rib and I opened two bottles of Sangiovese of the same vintage from Texas and Virginia within a day or two.  I made some nice meat sauce earlier in the week and, as always, it fed us a couple dinners.  So we opened a bottle with each sitting before I realized I had created an… Read more →

You Have A “Loose Herb;” Wait, That Doesn’t Sound Right…

2009 Orsolani Erbaluce di Caluso Al Bacio, Piedmont, Italy The Erbaluce (pronounce “ehr-bah-LOO-chay”) grape is indigenous to the Piedmont region of Italy.  It is primarily grown in and around Caluso.  Wines made from the Erbaluce grape have notes somewhat reminiscent of un-oaked (or “unplugged” for you Gen-X’ers) Chardonnay or a Viognier (lemon, apple, maybe some pear, along with honey and/or… Read more →

Chardonnay the Italian Way!

2008 Tenuta Mazzolino Blanc Provincia di Pavia IGT, Lombardia, Italy Tenuta Mazzolino is located in Lombardia in the far north of Italy (the region borders Switzerland).  The Blanc is a 100% estate-grown Chardonnay (yup, they make those in Italy).  It is made with a soft press and aged in French Oak (which generally produces less “oakiness” and keeps the fruit… Read more →

Albert Who? No…Albariño!

2008 Orballo Albariño Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain This is the second Albariño I’ve reviewed on CorkEnvy (see the first one here).  The Rib and I love Albariños.  Love them.  This is a great varietal that is appropriate with nothing more than you and your gentleman (or lady) lover and a blanket on the cool grass under a large oak tree… Read more →

How I Got Lost On The Road Less Traveled But Then Got Instant Karma At The Wine Bloggers’ Conference

So last Friday afternoon, I was reviewing the initial draft of what was to be my second piece on the Wine Bloggers’ Conference.  I had painstaking chronicled the “Mystery Bus” tour I was on during the conference, going minute-by-minute through Bus 5’s adventures.  Sure, about 30 of us boarded a bus (of unknown destination) and headed out to a few… Read more →

Wine Bloggers’ Conference or ‘Whine’ Bloggers’ Conference? A Little of Both, But Room for All

A couple of days removed from the 2011 Wine Bloggers’ Conference, I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to recap my experience(s).  This is the first of three pieces I plan to write on WBC 11 (the second will be a quick hit on the adventures of “Mystery Wine Bus 5;” those who stick with my WBC 11… Read more →