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
John Oates, of Hall & Oates, joined Heather & Amy on the WICKED AWESOME 80s SHOW… LISTEN here! Listen to “JOHN OATES on the WICKED AWESOME 80s SHOW” on Spreaker. Meantime, John’s new album “John Oates & The Good Road Band – Live In Nashville” came out this past week. Here’s the first single and video… called “Anytime.”…MORE
This is Scooby! Our FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK! (9/15/20) Here’s Lite Rock 105’s Heather Gersten (on Facebook Live) with Connie from the RISPCA! Heather and Connie at the RISPCA! Heather: Catching up with Connie and the RI Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals! You can adopt Scooby now and sign up for…MORE
Meet Rhode Island teenager Sam Ronci! She’s on a mission to send care packages to sick kids in all 50 states, can yo believe it? Lite Rock 105’s “Heather & Steve” just had to learn more! WATCH below! Meantime, check out Sam’s Instagram page for “Sami’s Sendoffs” here and check out the site to buy…MORE
“Heather & Steve” had a chance to Zoom with Lite Rock 105 artists LEWIS CAPALDI! Among the topics discussed: -Lewis’ reaction to a woman who didn’t know who he was on a recent episode of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” -What it’s like to be a big star but still live with your parents…MORE
WWLI “Wheel Of Fun” Contest Official Rules A complete copy of these rules can be obtained at the offices of radio station WWLI (“Station”), owned and operated by Cumulus Radio, LLC located at 1502 Wampanoag Trail East Providence, Rhode Island, 02915 during normal business hours Monday through Friday or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope…MORE
The WHEEL OF FUN has a new home! Listen to “Heather & Steve” weekday mornings at 8:20 to hear us SPIN the “WHEEL OF FUN!” We never know which game we’ll end up playing… but we always know you’ll get to play for an awesome prize! UPCOMING PRIZES: Week of 9/7/20: Win 1 pair of…MORE
Heather with Joe and Tank at the RISPCA Heather: Checking in with Joe (and Tank) from the RI Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals! Adopt Tank today and learn more about the virtual Paws int he Park fundraiser at the end of the month! Posted by Lite Rock 105 on Tuesday, September 8,…MORE
Congrats to Mark from Cranston who won a 2020 Lincoln MKZ from Flood Lincoln, Southern Rhode Island’s Largest Luxury Dealer! See pics and video from our giveaway event here: And the Ultimate Summer Rhode Trip winner is… Flood Ford Lincoln of Narragansett Posted by Lite Rock 105 on Saturday, September 5, 2020 We are getting…MORE
Lite Rock 105’s Heather Gersten caught up with Connie at the RISPCA! Watch here >> Heather: Checking in with Connie from the RI Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals! Meet Olive, 2-month old Border Collie mix who needs a new home! Posted by Lite Rock 105 on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Stats on OLIVE: …MORE
Lite Rock 105 & HarborOne Bank are joining forces to thank our local small businesses! Each week we’ll spotlight a new business ready to thrive, even during our “new normal.” Now more than ever, we all need to give some love to Small Businesses across Southern New England. Let’s join together and do well by…MORE
The Lite Rock 105 Labor Day Ladies Triple Play weekend is here! Lite Rock 105 has the soundtrack for your Labor Day weekend with THE LABOR DAY LADIES TRIPLE PLAY! Starting this Friday at 5pm and right thru the weekend, we’ll play blocks of 3 songs from your favorite female artists every hour! Plus, keep listen to…MORE
Lite Rock 105’s 2 Lite Chicks, Heather & Amy, want your “social distant” gatherings to be awesome… and also… refreshing and delicious! We did a bunch of Facebook LIVE videos back in July and we’re going to be doing it again, starting Thursday, September 2nd and then EVERY THURSDAY thereafter! Join us on Facebook LIVE each…MORE
Lite Rock 105’s Heather Gersten spoke with Joe Warwzycha from the RISPCA… and learned about Cash, a special dog who need a special loving home! Watch here: Some more details on CASH: Pittie mix 3-year-old Male 49 lbs Originally was living on the streets; needs help and guidance with trust issues Our staff is committed…MORE
Meet Brandy! Lite Rock 105’s Heather Gersten caught up with Joe Warzycha from the RISPCA to talk about Brandy AND the now VIRTUAL Paws in the Park event in September! Watch here! Today’s featured pet: BRANDY Brandy Lab mix 4-year-old female 56 lbs Friendly, gentle, playful Can go to a home with either adults…MORE
Lite Rock 105’s Heather Gersten joined up with Joe from the RISPCA… and here’s how it went. Today’s featured pet: Ozzie 7-month-old Pekingese male 13 lbs Friendly, playful puppy No restrictions on adoptive home Can go home with adults, kids, with other dogs Needs to be neutered before going to his new home Also,…MORE