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  • Let's do Dolcetto from Bricco Rosso

    Dolcetto is widely planted in northwestern Italy, but the Dogliani appellation in Piemonte is where this indigenous red grape really struts its stuff. While the grape is not mentioned on the front label, it is 100% Dolcetto. With the Alps towering majestically far in the background, the Bricco Rosso estate house, unmistakable with its red (rosso) stucco exterior, sits atop a hill with the vineyards trickling down from it in all directions to the surrounding valleys. It’s quite approachable now as a result of spending 6 months in large oak foudres plus 2 years minimum bottle aging. The bright, savoury black fruit nose leads us to rich succulent fruit on the palate with an underpinning of pleasant tannins. Nice lingering finish. Great pairing with a grilled, medium rare flank steak, or the Italian classic, Osso Bucco.

    2019 Bricco Rosso Dogliani DOCG #705699, $15.95.

  • Skuttlebutt Scenario .… a high-end example of a white “Bordeaux blend.”

    Skuttlebutt was the nautical term used on sailing ships of the past where sailors would come to get their fresh water. It was the spot to catch up on gossip and goings-on, not unlike the office water cooler nowadays. The perfect brand name, this Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blend, is a high-end example of a white “Bordeaux blend.” It is further proof that Australia’s Margaret River growing region in Western Australia, which benefits from the cooling effects of the Indian Ocean, is not unlike Bordeaux on the coast of the Atlantic. An aromatic, and colourful expression of the local terroir, it’s a perfect excuse to gather and “Skuttlebutt“ with friends. Notes of passion fruit, white peach and lime are balanced beautifully with a refreshing, crisp acidity. Poached Digby scallops drizzled with lime juice and paired with Skuttlebutt white would be the perfect nautical duo. James Halliday scored it 94 points with a “Special Value” designation. 

    2020 Skuttlebutt Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon #47621, $18.95