This week Rudy (pictured, left) wanted to be included in my Wine Wednesday review. He’s a fan of big, juicy reds.
The 2013 Avalon Cab is a remarkable wine for the money. It reminds me of one of my other favorites, the Bogle Essential Red, in that it tastes like a much more expensive wine. I generally stay away from lower priced Napa Cabs, because come on: how good can an $10 Napa Cabernet be, really? The markup is big for a reason, and I have found you generally have to spend close to $20 for a decent one. So it was with great pleasure that I found an $10 bottle that tasted like a $30 wine.
All the typical Napa Cabernet flavors are here: mocha, blackberry, cherry, raspberry, with a silky smooth vanilla and spice finish. How does Avalon do it at this price point? I have no idea, but I am not complaining.
This is mostly Cabernet, with a little Zinfandel to give it that spice, and the makers say they blended grapes from California’s Napa Valley, Paso Robles, and Lodi to get the taste right. I highly recommend it as a “Best Buy.” It’s also on the award-winning wine list at Tavolo Wine Bar & Tuscan Grille, where our next tasting party will be in January!
Bring a bottle to a party and you’ll be applauded. Just be sure to save a bottle for yourself.
This week’s feature is the 2012 BV Rutherford Cabernet. I love the story of BV, or Beaulieu Vineyard. In 1900, when founder Georges de Latour’s wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it “beau lieu,” or “beautiful place.” The four-acre ranch was purchased, and founded with…MORE
This week’s feature is the 2013 Selbach Riesling. Whenever possible, I like to try a wine from regions that are known for that wine. For example, you can’t beat Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa or Bordeaux. Burgundy and Oregon’s Willamette Valley consistently produce top quality Pinot Noir, and there are no better Rieslings in the world…MORE
One of the nice surprises when I moved to New England was the delightful discovery that there are some very good wines being made here! It’s taken too long to review a local wine, and first on the list is a delicious white blend from Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard called PRANA. Sakonnet is one of the…MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: North Smithfield High School + Mt. St. Charles ! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Kate Dubois: The North Smithfield/Mount Saint Charles co-op football team went 12-0 for the first time in football history at either school. The boys were undefeated in regular season…MORE
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Meet Steven and Clyde, our FURRY FRIENDS of the WEEK (1/13/20) Adopt them today at the RISPCA! Steven, a 2-year-old Male Husky Meet Steven! Handsome and spirited, sometimes aloof but at the same time friendly and engaging, it’s hard not to fall for him. If you love and appreciate the independent nature of a…MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week:Tiverton High School Girls Soccer! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Jonette Lopes: The Tiverton Girls Soccer team won it’s 2nd consecutive State DIII title in an incredible game on November 9th, 2019. The team tied up the game with four minutes left in the…MORE
FURRY FRIENDS of the WEEK! (1/6/20) Adopt them today at the RISPCA! Yogi 7-year-old Pitbull Mix, neutered male Meet Yogi! This doggie has tons of spunk and is such a happy-go-lucky boy. He’s so friendly that he’ll slip right into most any type of home. Adults or families with school-aged kids would be best…MORE
ofm.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2016/01/HS2.jpg” alt=”HS2″ /> Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: Chariho High School! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Taylor Wood: This team should be considered for their outstanding performance in our state championships (which we were placed in 1st of our division) and the amazing friendships we have made. This…MORE
Lite Rock 105 knows there’s no place like home for the holidays… so we’re hitting the RHODE and broadcasting LIVE from TF Green on Monday, December 23rd from 6am to 7pm! Join all of us (Heather, Steve, Amy and Vic) as we see you off to destinations far away… AND help you welcome home your Rhode Island family…MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: LaSalle Academy Volleyball! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Kristin Ward Why should this team be considered as the SHOWCASE Cinemas Team of the Week? The LaSalle Girl’s Volleyball team completed a service project this year by donating over 50 Boxes of Joy. This…MORE
Saturday, November 30 Lite Rock 105 presents our first Saturday Night Christmas Special of the Season! Tune in Saturday, November 30 at 8pm for Katy Perry’s “Favorite Christmas Songs”! Sponsored by Seastreak! Enjoy Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket this holiday season via the Seastreak Ferry, New Bedford. Saturday, December 7 Lite Rock 105 presents another Saturday Night Christmas Music Special!…MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: Block Island High School Volleyball! This young team worked so hard to win their league and take the team to the state championships. They didn’t win but played with lots of heart!! An inspiration to all the young athletes that were watching at the venue…MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: North Kingstown Boys and Girls Cross Country! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Rita Marcoux: The North Kingstown Boys and Girls Cross Country “Souper Racers” food drive was co-chaired by Senior Captains Justin and Nicole Gutkowski and Junior Captain Sophia DeGenova. After each meet,…MORE
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Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: Central Falls Cross Country! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Anjelique Cooley: This team has spent their season donating their time and efforts in helping out the running community tremendously. At the start of the their season we held a Car Wash that invited…MORE
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