Showing posts from December, 2012

Highlights of the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries of 2012

Here are my most memorable wines from across the globe from the 2012 W&S Top 100 Wineries of the Year grand tasting event in San Francisco's Metreon in October. Click on a photo to enlarge it. Enjoy!

Donato Enoteca 100, 2012 recap

Great Enoteca 100  Italian wine tasting as usual at Donato Enoteca on Dec 1. Absolutely incredible value, an event that I look forward to every year, previously announced here . I paid extra attention to 2008 Barolos that have been getting a fair share of critical acclaim lately and are just becoming available in the market. I was not disappointed. Renato Ratti Barolo "Marcenasco" 2008 was the wine of the tasting for me. Vietti's entry-level Barolo Castiglione was also very good. I found both of these wines deep, full, and revealing enough (beyond tannins) to appreciate them even now. Honorable mention goes to Donato's porchetta (shown on the plate in front of the Renato Ratti above) - the crispy skin is to die for. Another notable showing was by the  1995 Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva "Rancia"  - somehow these venerable old bottles have shown up direct from the winery this year. The wine is tasting great right now, re