VDay Vino

This Valentine’s Day, we’re bringing you our top 10 favorite wines to you celebrate!  Grab a bottle, some flowers, and cheers xo Oak Ridge Zinfandel ($11.99) Petite Petit ($17.99) 6th Sense Syrah ($16.99) Apothic Red Blend ($9.99)   Armida PoiZin ($22.99)   Bogle Phantom Red ($19.99) Troublemaker ($14.99) Tesoro della Regina Prosecco ($11.99)   Montaudon Grand Rose Brut ($29.99) and of course…. Veuve Clicquot Brut NV ($42.99) -Cristina & Jeff

FRIDAY WINEDAY! artezin

As you all know, Red Zinfandel is hands down our favorite variety of wine.  We like big bold flavors that tend to be on the heavy side.  Don’t get us wrong, we like lighter wines too, but there’s nothing better than sitting down with a big glass of big bold red zin (or some type of blend). While perusing our new favorite store on earth, Total Wines & More in Norwalk, CT, we noticed a new bottle that we hadn’t yet tried.  And that’s ArtiZin Zinfandel. <a href="https://i1.wp.com/50.28.24.105/~cucina/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/image see here now.jpeg” rel=”prettyPhoto”> Grapes: Blend of grapes from Amador, Mendocino Counties,

FRIDAY WINEDAY! The Prisoner

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of trying The Prisoner for the first time.  We decanted the bottle for about a half hour or so and dove right in!  And it was a mind blowing experience … The Prisoner is a California blend of not only Zinfandel, but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache.  So pretty much all our favorite grape varieties! We’ve been very into the red blends lately, so we got really excited about this one.  We can’t wait to have it again. Dave Phinney launched the wine in 2003.  Inspired and created by the drinkable

The Crush Club

The Crush Club in Wallingford, CT is a wine lover’s dream… the chance to make your own wine!  We first met The Crush Club team at the Mohegan Sun Winefest and fell in love with their business model and passion for good wine.  As two people who love visiting vineyards and breweries, this really sparked out interest!  And we got to go check it out for ourselves and had an awesome day hanging out with The Crush Club Crew. Whether you’re new to wine making or you’ve been doing it for years, The Crush Club provides you the unique opportunity

Gouveia Vineyards – Wallingford, CT

As you all know, we kind of like wine.  Ok… so we like wine a LOT!  And as the spring approaches us, many wine lovers across CT will be getting their picnic baskets ready for the CT Wine Trail.  Who’s ready for it?  We sure are! Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford, CT is located high atop 140 sun-kissed acres. Built of stone and old timbers, the Stone House winery and location command spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of lush woodland, open fields and over 32 acres of pristine vineyards. Gouveia should definitely be a stop on your tour this year.  Why?  Here

2007 Costasera Amarone Classico

To celebrate our 1 year engagement anniversary, we popped a special bottle of 2007 Masi Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella.  Amarone is another wine that I learned a lot about not only in Italy, but through a crazy group of guys I used to work with.  What do you need to know about Amarone?  It’s pretty simple … it’s a damn good, expensive Italian red wine. Just kidding, of course! There’s a lot more to know about Amarone.  It is made from the partially dried grapes of the Corvina (40% – 70%), Rondinella (20% – 40%) and Molinara (5% – 25%) varieties.  Originally

Oak Ridge Ancient Vine Zin

13 Dec No Comments Cooking with Jeff and Cristina Recommended Wines , , , , , , , , ,

  What are we drinking this weekend?  Oak Ridge Ancient Vine Zinfandel, that’s what. I’m a big RED ZIN fan, so this is right up my alley!  I love the dark, smoothness of red zin. Oak Ridge is actually the oldest winery in Lodi, California.  Founded in 1934, Oak Ridge Winery started as a winemaking cooperative of local growers.  It is now family-owned and operated. Flavor Profile: Intense, Blackberry, Cherry, Medium-bodied. Price:  Guess how much it is?  $12.  Yes, please! Pairings: Dark chocolate, meats, poultry, game, and pizza Cheers! Cristina

Saltwater Farm Vineyard – Stonington

Last week we stopped by Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, CT on our way to visit our friends in Massachusetts.  We had never tried the wines there, so we were excited to check it out! The place itself is very impressive.  It has a gorgeous interior that’s very modern and sophisticated.  Makes for a great venue 😉 Upon walking in, you are greeted with a plethora of bottles that line the walls and a cozy fireplace.  It was a cold day, so the fireplace was certainly inviting! There were three varieties of wines available that day and were very limited

Monte Quieto Mendoza Reserva, 2006

15 Nov 1 Comment Cooking with Jeff and Cristina Recommended Wines , , ,

Happy Friday! To celebrate, we’ll be sipping this fabulous red wine called Monte Quieto Mendoza Reserva.  If you like a good Malbec, then you’re in for a real treat!  Because it’s made up of more than just Malbec grapes, it is really different & delicious. This wine is a Bordeaux blend that’s smooth with notes of spices, black currant, and blackberry.  A Bordeaux Blend, at its most basic, is any combination of those grape varieties typically used to make the red wines of Bordeaux. Grapes: 45% Cabernet Franc, 40% Malbec, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon Average price: $16.99 – $18.99 Food pairings: Fillet,

Wine Spotlight: Quinta de Bons-Ventos

Last week, we brought this awesome bottle of Portugese red wine over to Jeff’s parents house to enjoy with the delicious dinner Kathy cooked for us.  We loved it so much that we wanted to share it with you. Plus, we’re so excited to be planning our honeymoon next year to Portugal!  We’re looking forward to visiting all the great vineyards and tasting the wines. Quinta de Bons-Ventos As for flavor, it has a lot of dark fruit flavor and a tad spicy.  On a scale from light to full-bodied, it’s right in the middle.  It’s light, but still has

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