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On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Grandi Marchi Tasting 2019

04 Mar 2020

(September 2019) …

So what is the Grandi Marchi?

It’s “a collaboration of winemaking visionaries from across Italy” … “The founders of the Grandi Marchi recognized that by joining forces they could better promote and enhance the great wines of Italy.”

The Grandi Marchi has 19 members, many you have heard of if you are a fan of Italian wines (ie: Antinori, Col D’Orcia, Gaja, Pio Cesare, etc.) but all with a similar set of goals and criteria, such as:

1)    All family owned
2)    Been in operation for at least 25 years
3)    All own their estate vineyards
4)    Recognized for their quality and production practises
5)    All support collaborative efforts

Plenty of wines tasted at this event; if you consider there are 19 members, each pouring three wines (or so) results in about 57 wines in the room – here are the interesting wines tasted during the event:

Three & a Half StarsAntinori Cont'Ugo

Folonari 2016 Cabreo Il Borgo Rosso
Ca’del Bosco 2016 Corte del Lupo, Rosso
Michele Chiarlo 2018 Nivole, Moscati d’Asti
Umani Ronchi 2018 Vellodora, Terre di Chiati Pecorino
Carpene Malvolti Rosé Spumante Brut

Three & a Half Stars PLUS

Alois Lageder 2016 Lowengang, Chardonnay
Folonari 2016 Il Pareto Rosso
Argiolas 2018 Costamolino, Vermentino di Sardegna
Ca’del Bosco Cuvee Prestige Rosé
Carpene Malvolti 1868 Brut, Prosecco
LamuriCol D’Orcia 2016 Banditella, Rosso di Montalcino
Gaja 2017 Sito Moresco
Lungarotti 2017 Rubesco
Masi Modello Prosecco Brut
Mastroberardino 2018 Novaserra, Greco di Tufo
Michele Chiarlo 2015 Palas, Barolo
Pio Cesare 2015 Barbaresco
Pio Cesare 2017 Barbera d’Alba
Rivera 2017 Violante, Castel dei monte Nero di Troia
Tasca 2018 Regakeali Bianca
Umani Ronchi 2016 San Lorenzo, RossoLungarotti L'U Rosso
Umani Ronchi 2015 Centovie, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Four Stars and ABOVE
(click on wine name for full review)

Antinori 2016 Cont’ Ugo, Bolgheri(****)
Argiolas 2016 Korem(****)
Lungarotti 2016 L’U Rosso(****+)
Michele Chiarlo 2016 Le Orme “16 Mesi” Barbera d’Asti (****)
Tasca 2017 Lamuri, Nero d’Avola (****)



Galleon (Dandurand) Tasting 2019

03 Mar 2020


(September 24, 2019) … Galleon is  the “fine wine boutique” from Dandurand wine agent – wines from this line are from the likes of Kosta Browne, Trapiche, Torres, Marimar, Errazuriz and more – here are the wines I found that would be worth your time:

Three Stars

Marimar 2017 Estate Albarino, Russian River ValleyKosta Brown


Three & a Half Stars

Kosta Browne 2016 Russian River Pinot Noir
Georges DuBoeuf 2016 Domaine des Versauds
Bieler Pere et Fils 2018 Sabine Rosé



Three & a Half Stars PLUS

Kosta Browne 2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
M. Chapoutier 2016 Gigondas
Georges DuBoeuf 2017 Clos des Quatre Vents
Ca’del Bosco Cuvee Prestige
Ca’del Bosco Cuvee Prestige Rosé
Poggio al Tesoro 2017 MediterraDrouhin
Jose Maria da Fonseca 2015 J.
Trapiche 2014 Gran Medalla Malbec
Marimar 2015 Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir
Marimar 2015 La Masia Pinot Noir


Four Star and ABOVE
(click on name below for full review)

Champagne Labruyere Anthologie Brut Rosé(****)
NeyersFerrari Trento Brut (****+)
Georges DuBoeuf 2017 Julienas, Chateau des Capitans(****)
Jose Maria da Fonseca 2015 Jose de Sousa Mayor(****)
Joseph Drouhin 2015 Nuits St. Georges (****)
Kosta Browne 2016 Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir(****)
Neyers 2016 Left Bank Red(****+)

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