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
Thanks for participating in our HOW DO YOU DUNK IT contest and for sharing with us HOW YOU DUNK IT! We received hundreds of entries and we’re happy to report our Grand Prize winners are: Michelle from Woonsocket, Ricky in Warwick & Bryan from North Providence! Each gets a $105 Dunkin’ gift card! Our 15 finalists also got…MORE
Every Friday at 10:15am, check out Facebook LIVE as Heather & Steve put a local listener in the SPOTLITE! “Good people doing good things!” 2/26/21: Episode 4: Amy from Middleboro and her horse, Zoe 1/19/21: Episode 3: Warwick Mayor Frank Picozzi 2/12/21: Episode 2: Todd Angilly, RI Native and Anthem singer for the Bruins home…MORE
Lite 105’s 2 Lite Chicks, Heather & Amy, want your “social distance” gatherings to be awesome… and also… refreshing and delicious! Join us on Facebook LIVE each Thursday at 2pm as we mix drinks using ingredients you’ll easily be able to find at Wines & More in Cranston! You could even win a Prize Pack from Wines…MORE
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ROCCO is our latest FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (2/23/21) Adopt him today at the RISPCA! Rocco’s stats: Mixed breed, maybe pitbull? Part “Joker” (look at his smile haha). A real genuine “Heinz 57” 10-yr-old neutered male Will be fine with adults or families with teens Open to meeting other friendly dogs He’s active…MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: Rogers – Middletown – Rocky Hill Co-Op Ice Hockey Team! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Jim Cawley: The team came together with the help of the Middletown Police and Plumby’s Restaurant to hold a drive-through fundraiser for a fellow hockey player AJ Quetta.…MORE
CELEBRATE National Clam Chowder Day with Lite 105’s Vic Edwards! Lite 105’s Vic Edwards is going to be broadcasting LIVE at Iggy’s Boardwalk in Warwick from 5 to 7 this Thursday afternoon, February 25th… to celebrate National Clam Chowder Day! Iggy’s has the most amazing view of Narragansett Bay and in addition to having delicious…MORE
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Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: La Salle Academy Field Hockey Team! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Kelly Dobrzynski: The team was placed on quarantine halfway through their season. The team captains planned daily zoom workouts and team bonding activities to keep the girls’ spirits up and stay in…MORE
WWLI’S “VALENTINE’S DAY LIVE STREAM TEXT IN TO WIN” CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES A complete copy of these rules can be obtained at the offices of radio station WWLI (“Station”), located at 1502 Wampanoag Trail East Providence, RI 02915, during available business hours Monday through Friday, the Station’s website www.Lite105.com, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped…MORE
WWLI’S “LOVE IS ON THE AIR” CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES A complete copy of these rules can be obtained at the offices of radio station WWLI (“Station”), located at 1502 Wampanoag Trail East Providence, RI 02915, during available business hours Monday through Friday, the Station’s website www.Lite105.com, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the…MORE
Meet Freya – our FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (2/9/21) You can adopt her today at the RISPCA! Freya’s stats: Dachshund/Visla mix 8-month-old puppy a mere 28-lbs spayed female A bit timed when she first meets you but will steal your lap for a snooze in a heartbeat! Will be a great family dog School-aged…MORE
Congratulations to this week’s Showcase Cinemas High School Team of the Week: Scituate High School Varsity Football Team! This week’s spotlight was sent in by Daniel Flans: The Spartan Football team proudly held their 1st Annual toy Drive this year. Three huge boxes of toys were donated to the collection at Cardi’s Furniture to the US Marines…MORE
THIS VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATE LOVE – WITH LITE 105’s “LOVE IS ON THE AIR WEEKEND!” It all starts this Friday (2/12) at 5pm right thru the weekend! WE’LL PUT THE “LOVE-LITE” ON ALL OF THE BEST ROMANTIC SONGS FROM THE 80s, 90s AND NOW! Got a request or dedication? Leave us a message/voicemail/text NOW at 401-272-LITE! …MORE
Hitting that weekday “after lunch slump”? Lite 105 has the solution… The Midday Music Sweep with Amy Pontes! Starting at 1:50 every weekday, it’s 80 minutes of nonstop music to kickstart the afternoon! The perfect soundtrack to work, workout, or whatever you’re up to, playing on ALL of your devices! The Midday Music Sweep on…MORE