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
What’s new at the RISPCA with Heather & Connie! They are also featuring their 1st ever Paws in the Park AmbassaDOG Dog Photo Fundraising Contest. This is the link to the contest: https://www.gogophotocontest.com/rhodeislandspca And they have some kittens that are available for adoption along with one rabbit and one dog (in foster care). MORE
Congrats to all of our winners from our RED WHITE & GOO 4th of July WEEKEND! Deborah from Little Compton Tiffany from Pawtucket Monika from East Sandwich Nicole from Middleboro Andrea from West Hartford Cynthia from North Providence Pam from Pawtucket Heather from Brooklyn, NY Robin from New Bedford Sharon from Marshfield All won their…MORE
WWLI FM “RED, WHITE & GOO” Contest Official Rules A complete copy of these rules can be obtained at the offices of radio station WWLI-FM (“Station”), owned and operated by Cumulus Radio LLC,1502 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI 02915 during normal business hours Monday through Friday or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the…MORE
WWLI-FM “BEFORE 7 CLUB” 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
CONGRATS TO SHORTSTACK, a Boston Terrier from Somerset, MA! He’s the Grand Prize winner of our MY PET ROCKS CONTEST! (Owner is Janice) They won $500 to spend at Rumford Pet Express! Lite Rock 105’s MY PET ROCKS… Here’s their entry: “Shortstack is a 4-year old champagne-colored Boston Terrier. He is not just the family dog but…MORE
Checking in with the RISPCA! Meet Astrid! Be Mindful of fireworks too! Lite Rock 105’s Heather Gersten caught up with Joe Warzycha from the RISPCA! Meet Astrid! She’s a lovely 1-year-old mixed breed…hound mix, maybe?? She’s just 48lbs and is one of the transport dogs from the RISPCA’s Southern shelter partners that came last…MORE
Lite Rock 105’s Heather & Steve want you to “Sail Away on the Block Island Ferry!” Listen weekdays to their show to win traditional, roundtrip BI Ferry tickets! Heather & Steve will spin the WHEEL OF FUN at 6:35am and then open up the LITE LINES at 401-272-LITE (5483) and if you win the day’s…MORE
Did you hear? There WILL be a 4th of July parade this year in Bristol! However, it’s a safe, social distancing parade that’s a vehicle procession only and should only last 45 minutes! If you plan to go, look for the Lite Rock 105 truck! We’ll be there! BRISTOL 4th of JULY Parade LOWDOWN per…MORE
Lite Rock 105 is celebrating our 35th birthday on Sunday, June 14th, 2020 and to help us celebrate… we’re giving YOU a chance to win a delicious treat box from Sweet Dee’s Cafe & Cupcakery in Warwick! Just listen each hour this Monday, June 15th, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. for your chance to…MORE
WWLI “DAD’S ROCK FATHER’S DAY” 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…MORE
WWLI “LITE ROCK 105 BIRTHDAY” 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…MORE
Lite Rock 105’s Heather & Steve did a Facebook Live on Friday, June 5th, 2020 with Cranston Mayor Allan Fung to talk about their involvement with the Graduation Parade for Cranston High School West! Watch here! Special thanks to Valvoline Instant Oil Change for sponsoring our participation in the Graduation Parade! Also, watch this special…MORE
Heather & Steve wanted to thank Danielle from Seacoast Sweets for providing us with great prizes to give away! (Note: the contest mentioned in the above video is no longer active) Seacoast Sweets are made in Rhode Island and they make great gifts! Learn more here!MORE