I’ve had a bit of a falling out with Tuscany since it went high-end and New World, and it’s been a few years since I’ve had a good Beaujolais. However, all is forgiven with the following two wines. The love is back.

Castello di Albola’s Chianti in the traditional rustic style ““ so invigorating. And the price is reasonable. Pass the pasta and let’s have another bottle.

P.S. The information on the back label is at odds with the rustic experience ““ the wine is NOT luscious, or spicy, nor silky. And the lightish/vibrant feeling is more suited to pasta/pizza than the suggested grilled meats.

CASTELLO D’ALBOLA 14 ‘OSO’, Tuscany, Italy 483792 Vintages $15.95


This Fleurie is the best Beaujolais I’ve tasted in a long time. Wine geeks who dis Beaujolais for its simplicity and obvious fruitiness should try this earthy, rustic, all round country guy. Loaded with vitality, seriously dry and probably a bit edgy for some. Have with any food that puts you in the bistro mood.

DOMAINE DES HOUDIERES 15 Fleurie, Beaujolais, France 342725 Vintages ~ $16.95

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