Author Archives for Jamie Gabrini

Will a ros by any other name still be sweet?


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
Summertime means time for outdoor events. And outdoor events mean picnics. And picnics, dear readers, mean finding the perfect summery wine.
Shakespeare in the Park is a tradition in many cities throughout the United States. Id never gone to performances in Central Park in New York because, well, um — I […]

Raising the bar on eclectic: The irrestible charms of an Italian-German Red


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
Italian wines can be quite the pickle. Does the label display the name of the region? The grape? Just some random name created by the producer? The answer is generally yes, making Italian wines a very confusing sea to navigate. Once explored, however, Italy is perhaps the most rewarding viniferal venture, […]

Sometimes a stinky Italian is the Perfect Date


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
As I was smuggling more bottles home from work the other night, I realized I was out of room. Granted, I dont exactly have adequate storage. I have a wine tower in my kitchen that holds 24 bottles. (And have no fear, chitlin - my kitchen is quite cool.) But, zut […]

Flow


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
This past week, I was cleaning up my apartment on a much-needed day off when I realized my bedroom was boring. It was beyond boring: it was depressing. My bed was obstructing the flow of the room, and Id haphazardly hung art on the walls that had no link or cohesion. […]

Root, root root for the Home Team


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks

One of the advantages of my relocation is the proximity to local produce. In New York City, I could always pop by Union Square for the Greenmarket, which would be full of vendors with home-grown goods from the greater tri-state area. But in wine, there were few wine shops in the […]

The Vernal Vivacity of Vermentino


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks

Im a sucker for the power of suggestion. Hell, Im a sucker for the power of hint. It doesnt need to be a full recommendation just the slightest whiff of a notion can get me all fixated. This week, that notion I wanted in motion was green.
Its SPRING! Full-tilt-boogie greenness […]

Gewrztraminer hits just the right notes


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks

When I was eight, my father bought an old farmhouse. It had features like a pantry, wood-burning stoves, and parlors, all of which sounded so exotically antiquated to me. But what captured my fancy the most was the player piano that came with the house, nestled happily in the south parlor. […]

Provence Ros: Sunbaked Bliss on a Sunday Afternoon


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
Mas de Gourgonnier Ros, 2004, Les Baux de Provence
Im never quite sure how my Sundays happen. At some point during the week, I usually get a fever for a flavor. Sometimes its a food, sometimes a wine, and it usually strikes on Monday. Im therefore left obsessing about it for the […]

Gypsies, Tramps, Thieves — and Arneis


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
Giovanni Almondo, 2003, Roero Arneis, Bricco delle Ciliegie
In ninth or tenth grade, our English Literature teacher began a lecture on authors she termed as bohemian. Our class stared blankly as she droned on and on and I doodled on a blank piece of paper in front of me, no doubt embellishing […]

A Grape Varietal Good Enough to Marry


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
Macchialupa Greco di Tufo

There comes a time in every enthusiasts life in which you would like to acknowledge your own ancestry. Call it egotistical if you will - because lets face it, you had nothing to do with your cultural heritage - but it can be satisfying to go back to […]