May 8, 2013
From: California Price: $9 Serve with: Hamburgers, pizza, simple stuff This red wine from the budget Rosso & Bianco (red and white) line from the winery founded by director Francis Ford Coppola is simply a good value. Billed as "a wine for everyday life," it lives up to that promise. It's not complex or elegant, but drinking a wine like this every day would not be a bad life to live. It's simple, fruity, medium- to full-bodied and offers winning black cherry and herbal flavors.
April 9, 2013
2009 Ferrari-Carano Tresor From: Sonoma County, Calif. Price: $50 Serve with: Prime rib, rack of lamb Yes, it's expensive, but if you are looking for a special-occasion red wine that you can drink with pleasure now, this is a fine choice. It's a Bordeaux-style blend of exceptional elegance and style. It's complex and rounded, with flavors of black cherry, blackberry, vanilla and chocolate. It's structured to age well but there's really no need to wait. -- Michael Dresser
October 17, 2007
2005 Souverain Merlot From: Alexander Valley, Calif. Price: $19 Serve with: Red meat, roast chicken, game birds Many California merlots seem to have no reason to exist because they are so similar - though usually less satisfying - to the same producer's cabernet sauvignon. Souverain's merlot is smooth and creamy, well-differentiated from cabernet. There are real echoes of Bordeaux's Pomerol region in its lush flavors and its "steel fist in a velvet glove" texture. The black cherry and plum fruit is seasoned with Asian spice flavors such as clove, cinnamon and nutmeg, with a touch of vanilla.
December 20, 2006
This lush, ripe, smooth red wine from the Beaujolais region of France offers a penetrating mix of black cherry, blackberry, raspberry and herb flavors. This versatile and lively Brouilly can be served lightly chilled and needs no further aging. Serve with roast turkey, chicken, beef.
December 13, 2006
This medium- to full-bodied unfiltered red wine from Tuscany, Italy, is bursting with life and character. It is elegantly structured and lingers on the palate with flavors of black cherry and herbs. The 40 percent cabernet in the blend gives it heft, while the 60 percent sangiovese adds an aromatic quality. Serve with Italian sausage, pasta dishes.
July 24, 2006
ART REIGNS First it sweltered, then it poured, but the weather seemed hardly to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds that descended on Artscape, Baltimore's 25th annual outdoor festival of the arts. From funnel cakes to evening concerts there was much that was familiar along the Mount Royal Avenue corridor and elsewhere around the city - but there also were new touches including the 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel in front of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the fireworks on Friday's opening night.