May 16 Wine Reading

My regular 'Wine Reading Hour' 

How to Build a Charcuterie Board Like a Pro (

"It’s pretty easy to make a restaurant-worthy charcuterie board at home. What sets charcuterie apart from generic deli cold cuts is time, salt and texture. Factors like fermentation and beneficial molds help make charcuterie uniquely delicious. Compare a roast beef, which can be cooked in hours, to an Italian bresaola that’s salt-cured for months."


"Nella cantina del Casato Prime Donne illuminata dai candelieri ascoltando le musiche del tardo Quattrocento con un calice di Brunello in mano e qualche cibo rinascimentale. Donatella Cinelli Colombini ha voluto dedicare Cantine aperte 2019, nella sua azienda di Montalcino, al genio toscano Leonardo da Vinci di cui ricorrono i cinquecento anni dalla morte."

Deep Roots Sustain the Legacy at Hearst Ranch Winery (

"Ready to visit the Central Coast of California? Anytime is a perfect time! I was fortunate to schedule a trip to Paso Robles in the spring of this year to visit friends and family, sample the offerings of new-to-me restaurants and indulge in a bit of wine tasting (of course!)."


"The Casa Emma estate sits on the winding Strada Provinciale di Castellina in Chianti at 420 meters above sea level. The majority of the estate’s plantings are devoted to classic Tuscan varietals including Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera and Canaiolo. These are used to craft a wonderful Chianti Classico and a delicious Gran Selezione but perhaps the hidden gem is their Soloio. Literally meaning “Only Me” the name is a reference to the fact that Soloio is 100% Merlot."

Les Trésors du Vin Suisse — Basel 2019 (

"The Trésors tasting and its sister — the more inclusive Mémoire & Friends tasting — are my favorite events on the Swiss wine calendar. Both events reside under the Mémoire des Vins Suisses (MDVS) umbrella — a marketing-related non-profit founded and nurtured by a group of wine-loving journalists, producers and enthusiasts. Both tasting events, and the parties that ensue, offer a curated look at the best Swiss wine has to offer. There are representatives from all over the country and many rare wines from native grapes that you’re unlikely to see anywhere else."

WWE’s Carmella Launches Capo Cagna Wines (

"First, WWE Smackdown stars Nikki and Brie Bella launched Belle Radici Wines. Now, WWE wrestler Carmella (a.ka. Leah Van Damme) is jumping into the ring with a wine of her own: Capo Cagna. The name translates roughly to “Boss Bitch”, and is an acknowledgement that we all “deserve to feel like a boss”."

Find here and in Winester Gourmet Library information about great wines as well as hacks  about how to best pair the wines and food, useful tips and gastronomy combination cards and more.

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