Rosengarten on Forbes: My Favorite Wine, I Think—A Burgundy Revelation

Lots of wine geeks like me are frequently asked a challenging question: What’s your favorite wine? Or, as was interrogatively launched my way recently from the lips of an eager wine neophyte friend…what’s your favorite red wine?

Now, one has a natural inclination to deflect that question, as if the questioner doesn’t understand how large the wine world is, and how difficult it would be for the well-traveled geek to make a commitment like this.

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WINE MONDAY: David’s Wine of the Week

2008 Biserno, Lodovico Antinori Tenuta di Biserno (Bibbona), IGT Toscana, Tuscany, Italy ($147)

This wine is an IGT (indicazione geografica tipica)…which, by the twisted Italian law, means there’s nothing typical at all about this wine! Just think “Super-Tuscan,” and you’re on the right track. But there’s no Sangiovese here: the main varieties are Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with a little Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

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Deviled Eggs with Crabmeat

Many a dinner party in America gets underway with a platter of deviled eggs: hard-boiled eggs that have been split in half, their yolks removed and mixed with cayenne pepper, mayo and other seasonings, this mixture then stuffed back into the hard-boiled whites. I think the popularity of this dish can be explained by the fact that the eggs are easy to make, delicious, and very festive-looking.

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The Many Bubbles of Italy

It’s a funny thing about Italy and sparkling wine. When it comes to fizzy, sometimes the whole country gets ignored. At other times, the wrong fizzies are emphasized. Italy is a great bubbly wine country…but it’s so damned hard to keep track of the wines, most wine lovers are confused!

I blame it on something typically Italian: organizational clarity is not among the country’s strengths.

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WINE MONDAY: David’s Wine of the Week

Alella is a very small wine-growing region north of Barcelona—one of the smallest D.O.s in Spain, in fact, with only 9 wineries at last count. Perhaps because of its size, it is often overlooked by wine-drinkers…but, as with many small D.O.s in Catalunya, it is a great place to find crisp white wines.

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