Wine of the Week: 2010 Domaine de la Solitude, Côtes du Rhône

2010 Domaine de la Solitude, Côtes du Rhône

2010 Domaine de la Solitude, Côtes du Rhône

I’ve seen a lot of airports, and rarely have I found an oasis — my little escape from all of the other speedwalking travelers — to relax and have a decent glass of wine. There are the usual burger joints, the pubs, the diners, the fast foodie spots and chewy seafood bars on the concourse. Doesn’t matter where you go, that’s pretty much it. Until a few years ago. Was I pleasantly surprised when I stumbled on to Concourse A at BWI airport in Baltimore! I spied a little wine shop called Vino Volo. Skeptical though I was, I was drawn in. Oasis! Check out their website www.vinovolo.com for locations. Recently, I tried a 2010 Côtes du Rhône with the traditional SGM* blend of that region. On the nose: Black cherries, jam and violets. Holding its elegant cherriness throughout the glass, the deep red blend presented an added treat of a little espresso here, a little chocolate and tobacco there. Oasis. $25/bottle.

*Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre

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Wine of the Week: 2009 Boroli Barbera d’Alba Quattro Fratelli • Piedmont, Italy

2009 Boroli Barbera d’Alba Quattro Fratelli

2009 Boroli Barbera d’Alba Quattro Fratelli – Piedmont, Italy

Recently, one of my dear friends presented me a quart of his grandfather’s recipe spaghetti sauce. I couldn’t wait to get it home as I’ve heard so much about “the sauce.” We paired it with the above-named Barbera. What a perfect match for this legendary spaghetti sauce — which by the way, we layered lovingly over locally- produced angel hair pasta. Oh, the aroma! E ‘stata pensata per essere divorato! Did I mention he simmers it for five or six hours? Or the fact that he adds mild Italian sausage and chicken breast? How tender is the meat after this process? Nevermind, you would only be jealous. The fruity, acidic style of the Barbera with its low tannins gently enhanced the rich acidic tomato of the sauce. It’s true there were many secrets to his family recipe that my friend did not share with me, but that’s okay, as long as we are on his short list of future sauce recipients. In return, I will present him with a bottle of the above-named Barbera. Lastly, to conclude with the words of Nicholas D. Livingston for Artisan Vineyards on this lovely Piedmont d’Alba: “Quattro Fratelli speaks in terms of ripe raspberries and black cherries, woodsy top notes and nervy acids that make one water at the mouth and yearn for dinner.” That, wine lovers, is precisely what happened. $20.

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