Author Archives: Alfonso Sanchez

Tasting No. 224 (Virtual) – November 23, 2020 – Aglianico

  Tasting Overview: Aglianico is together with Nebbiolo and Sangiovese one of the three main varietals of Italy. The aim in this tasting of the varietal program is to assess and discuss the character and properties of this less known varietal … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 223 (Virtual) – October 26, 2020 – Valpolicella

    Tasting Overview This tasting is part of our varietals tasting program but is not strictly about a particular grape variety. Instead is about a particular kind of wine, the Valpolicella, that is always made of the same handful … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 222 (Virtual) – September 28, 2020 – Petit Verdot

  Tasting Overview The  tasting is limited to two wines proposed by the presenters as part of the tasting series on varietals. The main objective of the tasting is to find out the salient and specific features of Petit Verdot … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 221 (Virtual) – August 31, 2020 – Cabernet Franc

  Tasting Overview The  tasting is limited to one wine proposed by the presenters according to the existing program that focuses on varietals.    The main objective of the tasting is to find out the salient and specific features of … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 220 (Virtual) – July 27, 2020 – Mourvedre

Tasting Overview The  tasting is limited to only one wine proposed by the presenters according to the existing program that focuses on varietals.  In this occasion, it is a Mourvedre.  The main objective of the tasting is to find out … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 219 (Virtual) – June 29, 2020- Zinfandel Old Vines

  Capri Ristorante, McLean VA Tasting Overview This is the first virtual tasting of the CV.  The Covid 19 pandemia has made it impossible for the Group to meet physically until this awful threat is over. The  tasting is limited … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 218 – February 24, 2020- Wines from Portugal

  Capri Ristorante, McLean VA Tasting Overview: Portugal wines do not cease surprising wine lovers.  Coming from a reputation of producing cheap and mediocre quality wines several decades back, there has been a remarkable transformation of wine making in the … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 217 – January 27, 2020 – Cinsault

  Capri Ristorante, McLean VA Tasting Overview  Cinsaut also known as Cinsault is a dark-skinned red wine grape normally used as a blending ingredient with other grape varieties. The grapes come in large cylindrical bunches with fairly thick skins. This early … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 216 – December 9, 2109 – Merlot Blends

  Capri Ristorante, McLean VA Tasting Overview   The last CV tasting dedicated to Merlot was in June  of 2017.  Since the famous 2009 movie Sideways in which the lead character, a Pinot Noir fan, adamantly refuses to drink Merlot, this … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 215 –October 28, 2019 – Less Known Sicilian Wines

  Capri Ristorante, McLean VA Tasting Overview   Wine grapes have always grown on the Italian island of Sicily. The ancient island was covered in grapevines long before ­the Greeks got there. Ancient civilizations were producing wine on the island as … Continue reading

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