Greetings! Lots of solid values in the latest Chairman’s haul – hope you find something interesting! Maison Aguila Cremant de Limoux Brut NV $14.99 Limoux, France PLCB Code# 78624 (In stores now) “Yeast and toast on the nose. Apple and citrus, with elegant mouthfeel and caressing bubbles.” Steve Pollack, wine buyer for the Chairman’s Selection® program Why … Continue reading October 2017 Chairman’s Selection reviews
As weather turns chilly and leaves turn colors, much of what we eat turns toward warm, savory autumn meals and wine-enthusiasts’ thoughts often turn to warm and approachable Rhone style red wines. Paired with hearty stews, and game night chili, the so-called “Rhone Varietals” are a solid red wine choice for the season’s cuisine. Indeed … Continue reading Autumn reds for autumn foods – Rhone always delivers!
While contemplating the famous anti-merlot statements in the movie ‘SIDEWAYS’, my enthusiast friends and I reiterated our belief that Merlot got a bad wrap in that movie scene. To be fair to those who cheered when the line was delivered, we recognize that Merlot as a varietal became hugely popular through the 1990s, which led … Continue reading Napa Merlot worth trying – Bommarito Merlot Napa Valley 2012 by Whitehall Lane
Looking for a wine to stand up to burgers and other summer-grill favorites? Try the Carmim Aragones Reguengos 2012 – you may want to buy several to last the remainder of the Grilling Season! First some background: American wine enthusiasts often overlook the wines of Portugal, not for any ill will toward the country (I … Continue reading Bargain Portuguese red blend Carmim Aragones Reguengos 2012
A certain satisfaction always accompanies declaring a Screaming Good Deal – defined as a wine with below $10 price point and above $10 quality. In the case of The Show Chardonnay 2012, satisfaction is clearly warranted. Similar to many other wines at affordable price points, The Show Chardonnay is a wine produced by winemakers and … Continue reading Screaming Good Deal: The Show Chardonnay 2012 at $7.99
Bold words but happily uttered…. I had to try this wine the moment I noticed it was for sale. Last year I was fortunate to try the 2001 Anciano Gran Reserva Tempranillo (aged 10 years) and found it to be quite a fine and nicely aged wine – and for the money (under $20) it … Continue reading Screaming Good Deal – Best $7.99 red wine in Pennsylvania right now – Anciano Tempranillo Reserva 2004, aged 7 years, from Valdepeñas
Despite the (never ending) wintry weather – everyone showed up last evening to learn about some South American wines at Chef Kate Romane’s e2 Restaurant (www.e2pgh.com). Our go-to staffers (Adam and Will) were ready for us, but we got extra help from attendees Kate, Lee, and Susan who helped get the tables arranged and ready … Continue reading South American Wines at e2 Restaurant
For our friends in Pennsylvania, be sure to check out the PLCB stores in the next two days. The PA Liquor Control Board is trying a sale for the first time ever! For two days (Thursday and Friday Feb 13, 14), four sparklers will be offered at 25% off their retail price. I hope that … Continue reading First ever PLCB sale!
Fifty people joined us last Friday evening for the Quantum Theatre production of “Madagascar” – One of Quantum Theatre’s unique features is that every production is produced in a new space, almost never a traditional theatre space. And since “Madagascar” is a play set in a Roman hotel room overlooking the Spanish Steps, the fantastic … Continue reading Quantum Theatre “Madagascar” pre-show tasting
Need a white to sip by itself or with light fish dishes? Here’s a lovely white made from grapes that may be unfamiliar, but the wine packs pleasing juicy flavors with fine balance. Sylvaner is the main grape component for this Dopff & Irion “Crustaces” (90% Sylvaner, 10% Pinot Blanc). And although Sylvaner is common … Continue reading Screaming Good Deal: Dopff & Irion “Crustaces” Alsace 2012 !!