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
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
Lite Rock 105 is teaming up again this season with Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Chelo’s Hometown Bar & Grill, Ocean State Credit Union, and Petro Oil for Warm Hands, Warm Hearts! Look for the Warm Hands, Warm Hearts bins at all our sponsored locations listed below. Donate new jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, and…MORE
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
We’re celebrating Veterans Day 2019 on Lite Rock 105 with ‘Salute to Service,’ highlighting active military members and veterans each hour from 8am to 6pm! One will win $1,500 from Dartmouth Building Supply! Listen to “SALUTE TO SERVICE 9AM MICHAEL O’SHEA” on Spreaker. Listen to “SALUTE TO SERVICE 2019 PAM PARENT (9am)” on Spreaker. Listen…MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: East Greenwich Field Hockey! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Micheal Shunney: Each year the East Greenwich High School Field Hockey team dedicates a single game of the season to Play4TheCure, this year’s event is on 10/15. A player on the team designs…MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: St. Raphael Academy! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Stephen Vargas: The St. Ray’s Girls Soccer team follows the Golden Rule on and off the field. Not only do they treat their opponents, coaches, and officials with sportsmanship but also show respect to the…MORE
Thanks to you we help raise $40K for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation! What an amazing day… from a delicious brunch at Skyline at Waterplace to Steve Perry serenading us with “Open Arms”… WOW! Enjoy the pictures and thanks again for making our event a wonderful experience! Thanks again to our sponsors:…MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week:Lincoln High School Football! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Greg O’Connor: On Friday the Lincoln High School Football team opened up their Division 2 schedule with a big 26-0 victory over defending state champion, Woonsocket. The night was extra special as it was Teacher…MORE
Bret Michaels of Poison joins Heather & Amy on the WICKED AWESOME 80s SHOW to talk about life, being a Dad and a Rock Star, his charity work, how you can dress your pet like Bret and his upcoming show in Foxboro! Listen to “BRET MICHAELS on the WICKED AWESOME 80s SHOW” on Spreaker.MORE
Like THIS IS US? You’ll like the THIS IS OUR PODCAST! Check it out! Lite Rock 105’s Heather & Friends unpack each episode of the NBC hit show THIS IS US! Listen to “THIS IS OUR PODCAST S4E1: STRANGERS” on Spreaker. Listen to “THIS IS OUR PODCAST S4 E2: THE POOL PART 2” on Spreaker.…MORE
Disclaimer: I’m not the person to give you a recipe with exact measurements. I like to cook things with a dash of this and a few spoonfuls of that. I know which flavors I like so I tend to just simply combine flavors of ingredients I like 🙂 Hence, my recipe for Pumpkin Pizza! Many…MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: Tolman Football! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Kira Patenaude: Both the Varsity and Jr. Varsity teams have been volunteering their Sundays this season to our local youth football/ cheer organization The Darlington Braves with home games and it has helped immensely!! Without their…MORE
Meet our FURRY FRIENDS of the WEEK >> Tugboat & Peaches! Adopt them today at the RISPCA! Tugboat: “Oh hi there! I’m Tugboat! My name is just like me – cute and silly! Let me tell you a little about me: I’m a gentle soul that loves most everything – Treats? duh, who doesn’t! Butt…MORE