RKS Wines: A Campanian Wine Landmark: Greco di Tufo

As far as Campanian white wines go on my last visit to the Greater Naples Area in pre plague days as a media guest I think that red wines predominated over white wines. However the Greater Naples area hugs the ocean which in many dishes demands a white wine. Not all depending how the pescatarianContinue reading “RKS Wines: A Campanian Wine Landmark: Greco di Tufo”

RKS Wines: The Penniless Pensioner’s Ukrainian High Hopes

At last account PP held a celebratory BBQ pronouncing his love for the 23-year-old Ukrainian beauty Tatiana who he has only communicated with over his computer. Being in a hot tizzy it was love at first sight! Then it was 7,500 Euros paid to The Ladies Social Club Tour operating out of Moscow for aContinue reading “RKS Wines: The Penniless Pensioner’s Ukrainian High Hopes”

RKS Wine: The Penniless Pensioner Goes “90 Day Fiancé”?

You may recall the rather messy split between PP and his flame Celine? Well, he tells me he is on the rebound and is throwing a party with a “romantic announcement” to make. Could I suggest a couple of red wines for the simple BBQ chicken and marinated flank he is serving with sides ofContinue reading “RKS Wine: The Penniless Pensioner Goes “90 Day Fiancé”?”

RKS Wines: Sandeman Memories: 1999 Vau Vintage Port: The Cruelty of Vintage Port!

Was it November of 2013 after a tasting of Sandeman Ports deep in the Douro hills of Portugal we sipped Sandeman Splashes (tonic and White Port) on a terrace overlooking the Douro River below in the thin early afternoon sunshine munching on Portuguese roasted almonds? My goodness what a memory and what a wonderful lunchContinue reading “RKS Wines: Sandeman Memories: 1999 Vau Vintage Port: The Cruelty of Vintage Port!”

RKS Wines: Frightened by the Unknown Malagousia

My bet is that many wine drinkers are frightened by grapes they rarely encounter. Always sticking to the same wines made with the same grapes dulls the mind. Sameness equals boredom but that’s me and may not be you. Could you imagine having pork chops, mashed potatoes and peas for dinner every night. What wouldContinue reading “RKS Wines: Frightened by the Unknown Malagousia”

RKS Wines: The Inexpensive Greek: Nemea 2016 Reserve; My Brush With Celebrities!

Most of my time in Greece has been spent on the Aegean Island of Samos south of Lesvos and just off the Turkish coast. Samos produces absolutely world class sweet Muscat wines some of which are fortified. Over the past few years the United Winemaking Agricultural Cooperative of Samos has tried to create a brandContinue reading “RKS Wines: The Inexpensive Greek: Nemea 2016 Reserve; My Brush With Celebrities!”

RKS Wines: Quadrus Red 2015 from the Douro

You have some of your usual suspects in the Douro grape department. 55% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz and 15% Sousão. The colour of the wine verges on purple which may be the result of the dark juiced Sousão. As for aromas there is an overall creaminess to the nose which is brimming with livelyContinue reading “RKS Wines: Quadrus Red 2015 from the Douro”

RKS Wine: Dão Delights

130 kilometres southwest of Porto you’ll find yourself in Dão’s capital Viseu which is a quaint city and very much lower key than Porto probably as it is a landlocked area and there are none of the culture killing cruise ships with their ruinous trail of destruction. The Dão landscape is in some parts likeContinue reading “RKS Wine: Dão Delights”

RKS Wines: Wines from the Outer Limits: Portugal’s Tejo

We get more wines from Hungary in the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s Vintage releases than we do from the Tejo region which runs behind and parallel to the Lisboa wine region. One has arrived like a spaceship in Ontario and it’s a Quinta da Escusa. It is a white blend of the dry ArintoContinue reading “RKS Wines: Wines from the Outer Limits: Portugal’s Tejo”

RKS Wines: White Port You Say? Stay Away Tonic Water!

On my visits to The Douro White Port was rarely seen and so little is imported to Canada. It most often seems to be used in a cocktail of Port and Tonic. It can be refreshing but I will admit it is not compelling but then again the most exotic I get is a MojitoContinue reading “RKS Wines: White Port You Say? Stay Away Tonic Water!”