Category Archives: Italian

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Moscato d’Asti Sparkling 2014 from Cascinetta Vietti

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John Wine Snob says: I am not a big fan of Muscat, but I am nothing if not open-minded. Mrs. Wine Snob and I were out to dinner one evening, and she had a hankerin’ for a sweet wine. She … Continue reading

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Villa Borghetti Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2014

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John Wine Snob says: “Twas Valentine’s Day. A good day. Took a little ride in Jeff Wine Snobs’ newly acquired Figaro on the way to and from breakfast. Way too cool. Then in the evening Mrs. Wine Snob and I … Continue reading

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Ocarossa Italian red wine

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  John Wine Snob says: You silly oca!!! This Italian red called Ocarossa (Red goose) is really cheap. I think it was $5.99, but its richness was delightful. It had some very nice cherry flavors and a slight peppery bite. … Continue reading

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Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona

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John Wine Snob says: A second bottle at Cleveland-Heath was in order, so we ordered a bottle of Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona from Toscana. It was another smashing success also at $40. It was soothing and topped off the meal beautifully. … Continue reading

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Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana 2013

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John Wine Snob: I have to say that I bought the Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana 2013 at Sprouts for $7.99 because I like the label. It looks like a Fernando Botero painting. I had it with Mrs. Wine Snob … Continue reading

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Tenuta Ibidini Syrah 2012


Great wine from Sicily? You’re kidding right? well I was wrong! The wines that I’ve had before for Sicily were like  Greek wines : bad, pretty bad and really bad. Of course this is really just lower Italy so they should be … Continue reading

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Kris 2013 Pinot Grigio


John Wine Snob says: Hey, here is a cheap one for you.. I had this one with my brother and sister-in-law. The Kris 2013 pinot Grigio from Italy is not a bad supermarket wine. No thinking required. It is just … Continue reading

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Sorelle Bronco Prosecco

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John Wine Snob says: A birthday dinner with Mrs. Wine Snob at Pizzeria Bianco. was just what the doctor ordered. The meal started with a wonderful pate’ on crustini with dried wild cherry preserves, then a perfectly prepared pan roasted … Continue reading

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Bella Sera Pinot Grigio 2012


  John Wine Snob says:   On a warm humid evening in Southern Illinois what would go with that summer salad of endives, strawberries, slivered almonds, fennel, feta, and mint? It has to be light and crisp, and of course … Continue reading

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Casone Toscano 2008 Red blend


  John Wine Snob says:   I went over to Jeff Wine Snob’s house to have some hor d’oeuvres with his lovely wife Gena and to celebrate the 15th birthday of their smashing daughter, Sierra’s 15th birthday. I took a … Continue reading