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
Meet Crystal and Biggs, this week’s FURRY FRIENDS of the WEEK! (8/19/19) Adopt them today at the RISPCA! Hiya! I’m Crystal and I am about six. I love sunbathing, butt scratches, and people. My past has been a bit rough but it’s ok, the people here say I will find my forever home in…MORE
Meet Bob and Cash, our FURRY FRIENDS of the WEEK (8/12/19) Adopt them today at the RISPCA! Cash’s life hasn’t always been the easiest. His father became homeless and tried everything he could to find Cash a home while living in a tent outside. Cash came into the shelter terrified, never encountering an environment…MORE
Meet CLYDE and ARCHIE! Our FURRY FRIENDS of the WEEK (8/5/19) Adopt them today at the RISPCA! Clyde, aka “Mr. Smiley,” is ready to find his family! This goofy, lovey, happy boy is just the sweetest guy around. He is an active pup that wants a family that will provide him with daily walks and…MORE
Thank you to Rhode Island Monthly magazine for inducting us into the BEST OF RI Hall of Fame!MORE
Meet our FURRY FRIENDS! Bruno and Betsy! (7/29/19) Adopt them today at the RISPCA! Bruno Sweet, Handsome, Goofy – 3 words that can be used to perfectly describe this eligible bachelor. Bruno here is a 5-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier who would be the perfect fit for a family of all ages. This big guy…MORE
The 2019 Newport Folk Festival is in the books, and maintains its place as the gold standard of music festivals – impeccably run, a beautiful location, and well-curated sets that had a broad appeal – from relative unknowns to globally known superstars.MORE
The star-studded finale, punctuated by a highly anticipated ‘secret special guest appearance,’ was one of the finest performances of the past few years, perhaps ever, at the Folk Festival.MORE
Lite Rock 105 wants to send you to Boston… to see SHAWN MENDES live in concert! It’s the “RIDE IN STYLE TO SHAWN MENDES GIVEAWAY!” Simply listen for the cue to call on Lite Rock 105 the week of August 5th to win tickets to see Shawn Mendes, coming to TD Garden on August 16th!…MORE
Meet Scarlett and Kevin, our FURRY FRIENDS of the WEEK! Adopt them today at the RISPCA! Hey there! I’m Kevin! I’m a 1-year-old black lab puppy that came all the way to Rhode Island from Texas. Are you looking for an adventure buddy? Look no further, my friend, I’m your guy. My perfect day…MORE
Listen to “SURPRISING KELLY with LITE ROCK 105 and WICKFORD APPLIANCE!” on Spreaker. Lite Rock 105’s “Heather & Steve” called Kelly in Cranston, a Lite Rock 105 listener, on Thursday, July 18th. Kelly had posted on our Facebook page (under a picture of a map detailing Saturday’s Heat Index temps) that her AC just died…MORE
Here’s a list of local cooling centers in RI: http://www.riema.ri.gov/coolingcenters/index.php And in MA: Brockton: Cooling centers will be open through Thursday between noon and 6 p.m. at the community room of the Belair Towers at 105 Belair St. and the community room of the A building of the Campello high rise at 1380 Main…MORE
Meet Crystal and Ruckus! Our FURRY FRIENDS of the WEEK! (7/15/10) Adopt them today at the RISPCA! Crystal is an unbelievably sweet, lovable 6-year-old Pit Bull that came to us as a result of a recent cruelty investigation. For Crystal, a perfect day would include time outside, butt scratches, and playing. Once she gets playing,…MORE
It’s Lite Rock 105’s First Ever Movie Amnesty Night at Island Cinemas 10 in Middletown! We are giving you the chance to redeem yourself and see the movies that EVERYONE seems to have seen, EXCEPT YOU!! Join Steve Donovan on July 30th to see “Good Will Hunting” at 7 pm in the newly renovated Island…MORE