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 28th – The Goo Goo Dolls Lite Rock 105 and Flood Auto Group present our first Saturday Night Christmas Music Special of the Season! Tune in Saturday, November 28th at 8pm for Johnny Rzeznik and the Goo Goo Dolls as they put the spotlight on their new album “It’s Christmas All Over”! Sponsored…MORE
FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK! (11/23/4/20) Meet Holly, this week’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK! She’s 12-years-old and is one of Marvin’s Friends, meaning there’s no adoption fee for her. Let’s get her in a new home for the holidays! Learn more at www.rispca.com MORE
Lite Rock 105’s Heather & Steve caught up with superstar JANE LYNCH… … to talk about Christmas music, the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, what she’s up to this Thanksgiving, and more! LISTEN HERE>> Listen to “JANE LYNCH with Heather & Steve on Lite Rock 105” on Spreaker.MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: Narragansett Girls Varsity Tennis! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Abby Hummel: This team is not only shining on the court, today the girls varsity tennis team won and secured a spot in the playoffs, but they are even brighter off the court. The…MORE
Ben Rector’s got a new Christmas album and on it is “The Thanksgiving Song.” Lite Rock 105’s Heather & Steve got to Zoom with Ben and ask him all about the album, the song, and his mustache! Watch and enjoy! If you haven’t seen Ben’s fabulous video for “The Thanksgiving Song” here it is! MORE
Lite Rock 105 invites you to our Annual Lite Rock 105 Holiday Food Drive! Just stop by your local Shore’s Fresh Food Market in either Cranston or North Providence NOW thru December 12th to purchase some of the most needed items like rice, beans, and peanut butter! Everything dropped in the collection bins will go directly…MORE
Lite Rock 105’s TURKEY DAY PAYDAY is back! This Thanksgiving we are extra grateful for YOU! and to say thanks, we’re giving away $105 every hour on Thanksgiving day! Listen from 9am to 6pm for a Lite Rock 105 artist to wish you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! When you hear it, text that artists’ first name…MORE
MEGHAN TRAINOR with Lite Rock 105’s Heather & Steve Listen as we talk about Christmas music, Hallmark movies, Meghan’s pregnancy cravings, and more! Listen to “MEGHAN TRAINOR with Heather & Steve” on Spreaker.MORE
RING THE BELLS with Lite Rock 105! A festive bell-ringing event originally organized to take place only in one Scottish town has gone viral. Lauren Sinclair created a Facebook page last month with the goal of spreading cheer and ‘keeping Christmas alive’ by encouraging her community to stand on their doorsteps ringing bells at 6pm…MORE
This holiday season, Lite Rock 105 and Citizens are proudly helping our Neighbors in Need! It’s been a year of extraordinary challenges, so tell us about someone you know experiencing tough, economic times. Share their story now! Beginning November 30th, Heather & Steve will award 5 $500 Gift Cards to our Neighbors in Need and $250…MORE
MEET SACHIE! Our FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK ( 11/17/20) Adopt her today at the RISPCA! SACHIE’s STATS: Pitbull mix 5-yr-old spayed female A little shy at first Needs to meet people at her own pace Energetic but also enjoys chill time too Loves to go on walks; walks nicely on the lead Lover of…MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: Rocky Hill Girls Varsity Field Hockey! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Kerri Kelleher: The ladies didn’t let the lack of fans slow them down! I was lucky enough to film the pink out game – Unfortunately it was right after spectators were fully…MORE
Lite Rock 105 has partnered with Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Ocean State Credit Union, Cricket Wireless, and Petro Oil for Warm Hands, Warm Hearts! Look for the Warm Hands, Warm Hearts donation bins at all of our sponsored locations listed below! Donate new hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves for children in need! Ocean…MORE
WWLI’s “Turkey Day Payday” Contest Official Rules A complete copy of these rules can be obtained at the offices of radio station (“Station”), located at 1502 Wampanoag Trail East Providence, RI 02915, during available business hours Monday through Friday, the Station’s website www.LiteRock105FM.com, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above address. The…MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: East Providence Girls Varsity Soccer Team! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Angelo Pizzi: The Townie Girls Soccer team is 4-0. Even in the face of the COVID crisis, the girls thought of our friends at St. Brendan’s Good Neighbors Food Pantry. They collected…MORE
Lite Rock 105’s Heather & Steve had the pleasure of Zooming with Aloe Blacc! They talked about Aloe’s song “My Way,” performing in his driveway, what happens when you give your kids sugar and how he turned down a nude scene in a movie! Here’s what happened… Here’s Aloe’s video for “My Way”… so…MORE