*Descriptions from a wine/beer lover who is really bad at talking about it
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Starting on the left, the Toscana was one James let Henry pick out at the grocery store. Natch, he went with the red lion. This was medium-bodied. It was just ok. Definitely drinkable, but it didn’t have the rich mouth feel I wanted. #notreallyspecial #toddlersommelierfail
We had the neighbors over for drinks after the kiddos went to bed. You know the cool, lived-all-over-the-world, no kids neighbors? They brought this wine. Of course, it was amazing. They claim it was a grocery store find, but I haven’t tracked it down yet. Smooth, inky, delicious. #wontyoubemyneighbor
This Dolcetto d’Alba is my favorite Dolcetto yet. I think. We had two in close succession. One was outstanding, the other was meh. James claims this was the good one, but I’ll need to track down another bottle to see. If it IS the good one, it is medium, fruity, good mouth feel. Everything you’d want in your dolcetto. #everyday #versatile
The Teroldego on the right is one of my new faves. Another super cheap grocery store find. James tells me I can’t get this in the U.S. so I should not get too attached. Another smooth wine with a great mouth feel. (Noticing a trend here?) #repeatbuy #mustimportteroldego
The Est! Est!! Est!!!, from a region with a charming back story, was Italian adequate. Meaning good, drinkable, but a little forgettable. I think this one was on the fruitier end of the spectrum. #enjoyedbutnotblownaway
The Frascati is one of the rare local wines. The only word that really came to mind for this one is “light.” It wasn’t very sweet, very fruity, or very dry. It was just pretty light. This sounds underwhelming, I know, but it wasn’t bad. Definitely a refreshing wine to drink when it is hot out. #summer #laziolocal
I had high hopes for this one because I am a sucker for bottle art. In the end, I was disappointed, but mostly because of expectations. I thought it would be on the light and fruity side, but it was more like chardonnay. And I was not in the mood for chardonnay that day. As far as chardonnay-ish wines go, it was ok. I thought it improved on the second day. James thought it got worse. #thelobsterledmeastray
Which brings us to the lone beer of the group. Hats off to the folks at nabiretta for making beer in Italy, but I was really disappointed. This one started off ok, but went all wrong as you swallowed. I wouldn’t call it homebrew-y because that would be an insult to homebrewers. Of course, I was disappointed by the lack of hops, but the malt just tasted off. #didnotfinish
P.S. I’m not off my whole30; it just takes me that long to get around to writing these up.