Food & Wine - Speedy Ziti recipe

As the name of this recipe suggests, this is the fastest way to make really good baked ziti. The key is to doctor good-quality jarred tomato sauce, like Rao’s, with ground meat, onion, garlic and spices. From there, you add creamy fresh ricotta, shredded mozzarella and flavorful Parmesan. Once the meat is browned, everything comes together quickly and the dish bakes up to gooey cheesy perfection in just 15 minutes.

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Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019 - 92 points in Tasting Panel

Tasting Panel – July/Aug 2020

92 points – Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019

Shy at first, the aromas take their time to emerge, but once they do, sweet apple and white flowers are particularly lovely. A steely, salty and floral character on the palate extends to a mouthwatering peach. Crisp, with high-toned acidity, the full-bodied nature shows itself by mid-palate to finish.

Reviewed by Meridith May, Publisher’s Picks

Sunday Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2019 - 91 points in Tasting Panel

Tasting Panel – July/Aug 2020

91 points – Sunday Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2019

A striking array of extroverted aromas are eye-openers: hazelnut, jasmine and zingy lime. From there, the wine has a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Wet stone and lemon tartness are cause for some puckering. Sweet white flowers and linen soften the edge.

Reviewed by Meridith May, Publisher’s Picks

Vinous gives Lucashof Pinot Noir Rosé 2019 an 89 point score

Lucashof Pinot Noir Rosé 2019
Vinous – June 2020

89 points – ”Light, bright orange-pink. Spice-tinged strawberry and tangerine qualities on the fragrant nose, along with a building floral quality. Silky and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy red berry, melon and citrus fruit flavors that tighten up through the mid-palate. Shows good energy and lift on the persistent finish, which leaves a suggestion of candied rose behind.”

Reviewed by Josh Raynalds

Vinous gives Pech-Latt Rosé 2019 an 89 point score

Pech-Latt Rosé 2019
Vinous – June 2020

89 points – ”Bright onion skin. Shows a touch of smoky reduction to the peach, strawberry and tangerine aromas. Silky and focused on the palate, offering juicy red berry and pit fruit flavors that deepen on the back half. A refreshingly bitter orange pith note drives the nicely persistent finish, which echoes the strawberry note.

Reviewed by Josh Raynalds

Peter Zemmer Pinot Bianco 2019 - 91 points in Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast – June/July 2020

91 points – Peter Zemmer 2019 Pinot Bianco

Aromas of honeysuckle and white stone fruit shape the nose. On the savory palate, fresh acidity accompanies ripe apple, creamy pear and honeydew melon. It closes on a white-almond note. – K.O.

Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019 - 89 points in Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast – June/July 2020

89 points – Peter Zemmer 2019 Pinot Grigio

Aromas of ripe pear and green apple carry over to the palate, along with hints of saline and bitter almond. Tangy acidity gives it a juicy finish. – K.O.

Urban Riesling 2018 - Top 100 Values of the Year in Wine & Spirits

Wine & Spirits – June 2020

90 points – Urban Riesling 2018

”Top 100 Values of the Year”

For this négociant bottling, Nik Weis sources the fruit from his neighbors in Mehring, where the slopes are steep and covered in blue slate. He gives the fruit a short soak before pressing, hoping to extract extra aroma and flavor, then vinifies the wine entirely in stainless steel. In 201, that process yielded a pretty riesling, full in texture yet brisk and fresh, with a crystalline clarity to its stony lime flavors. At $13, this is one to buy by the case.

Reviewed by Tara Q. Thomas

VoerzioMartini Barolo Classico 2015 - 91 points in Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator

91 points – VoerzioMartini Barolo Classico 2015

Rich and spicy, delivering cherry, plum, vanilla and tobacco flavors. Juicy and firm, with an extended finish revealing a white pepper accent.

winescritic.com gives 91 points to Ceralti Scirè 2018

winescritic.com gives 93 points to Ceralti Alfeo 2017

Cave Spring 2018 Beamsville Bench Estate Riesling - Top 100 Values of the Year in Wine & Spirits

WIne & Spirits – June 2020

93 points – Cave Spring Beamsville Bench Estate Riesling 2018

”Top 100 Values of the Year”

The July heat and August thunderstorms made 2018 a tricky vintage in Ontario, further challenged by heavy rain in October. Yet winemaker Angelo Pavan took advantage of the intervening sunny days to coax a firm, full-bodied riesling out of Cave Spring’s estate vineyard, a parcel that climbs the slope beneath the Niagara Escarpment. The vines – the oldest planted 40 years ago – grow in a stony mix of clay, limestone and sandstone, with some shale, granite and gneiss in the mix; the wine tastes as if their roots literally sucked up the stone, it’s so resolutely earthy and firm. Notes of lime zest and sour lemon add a bracing brightness to the austere mineral flavors, while the wine’s extract gives it a rich texture and grip. This is a riesling for the main course – lake trout wrapped in bacon would be ideal.

Reviewed by Tara Q. Thomas

WineReviewOnLine.com - 92 points for Peter Zemmer Chardonnay 2019

WineReviewOnLine.com – 5.19.2020

92 points – Peter Zemmer Chardonnay 2019

”With rare exception, consumers don’t usually think of Italy for distinctive Chardonnay. More wines like this one could change that perception. Racy and refined, it’s paradoxically mouth-filling yet not heavy. It\’s cutting and spicy profile is refreshing. Undoubtedly, the decision to ferment and age the wine entirely in stainless steel allows its citrus-tinged fruitiness to shine. It’s a steal, so buy it by the case for this summer’s drinking.”

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Apstein

 

WineReviewOnLine.com - 88 points for Domaine de Cabrials Pinot Noir 2018

WineReviewOnLine.com – 5.12.2020

91 points – Domaine de Cabrials Pinot Noir 2018

”This uncomplicated wine delivers ripe black fruit flavors with a hint of savory nuances. Suave tannins and the right amount of acidity make it ready to drink now. Is it one of the most compelling Pinot Noirs I’ve ever tasted? No. Is it one of the best $12 Pinot Noirs I’ve ever tasted? Yes.”

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Apstein

WineReviewOnLine.com - 91 points for Domaine de Cabrials Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

WineReviewOnLine.com – 5.12.2020

91 points – Domaine de Cabrials Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

”Unbelievable value! That’s the best way to describe this Cabernet. It displays a wonderful – and rare at this price – balance of dark fruit and savory olive-like flavors. Wonderfully textured, it’s not flabby or soft. It’s structured, but not aggressive. By not overdoing it, they have resisted the temptation to try to make something grand or ”important.” What they have made is classic and delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a surprisingly long finish, complete with a hint of bitterness, for such a short price. Buy it by the case and enjoy it this summer while grilling burgers, steaks, or leg of lamb.”

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Apstein

WineReviewOnLine.com - 92 points for Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019

WineReviewOnLine.com – 5.12.2020

92 points – Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019

”There’s Pinot Grigio, and then there’s Pinot Grigio. One taste of Peter Zemmer’s explains why the category is so popular. Delicate hints of white flowers greet you when you pull the cork. A refined and restrained fruitiness follows. It startles you with its elegance, not its power. Bracing acidity in the finish amplifies its charms. Fine as a stand alone aperitif, it would do well with delicate seafood, such as sauteed sea bass.”

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Apstein

WineReviewOnLine.com - 94 points for Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio Riserva GIATL 2017

WineReviewOnLine.com – 5.12.2020

94 points – Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio Riserva GIATL 2017

”Peter Zemmer’s single-vineyard GIATL is a very different style of Pinot Grigio from his regular (I hate that word to describe that wine, which is anything but regular) bottling. The GIATL has power and a Burgundian-like weight to it. A hint of lanolin-like texture makes it all the more appealing. This is weighty serious stuff. Those looking for a glass of ”Pinot Grigio” should look elsewhere. Those who want to see what the grape can achieve should pull the cork.”

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Apstein

Wine Spectator - Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof Estate Riesling from Old Vines 2018 featured as WINE OF THE WEEK!

Nik Weis – St. Urbans-Hof
Estate Riesling from Old Vines 2018
90 points
”Off-dry and inviting, with an exotic profile, featuring dried mango, candied orange peel and cardamom notes. Ample acidity holds everything together as this moves toward the long, mouthwatering finish. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now through 2026.”

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Vinepair includes Peter Zemmer Rolhut Pinot Noir 2017 as 50 Best Wines of 2019

#48
From Alto Adige in northeastern Italy comes this soft and elegant Pinot Noir. Dark cherry and red currant flavors give the wine a fruity flavor, while notes of crunchy leaves and freshly turned soil add nuance. A bonafide bargain at less than $20.

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Lucashof Pinot Noir Rosé receives 89 point rating from Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast names Château Pilet Rouge 2017 as 'Best Buy'

89 points
”This wine is dry, with a serious layer of tannins. However, the weight of the ripe black fruits should balance everything as the wine develops. It has the potential to be fruity and attractive from 2021.” – Roger Voss

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Food & Wine names St. Urbans-Hof 2018 Estate Riesling as 15 Best Rieslings for Thanksgiving

2018 Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof Estate Riesling
October 24, 2019
”The unstoppably energetic Nik Weis makes excellent wines at all price levels, but the quality of his affordable bottlings is so high, it’s hard to pass them up. Witness this thrillingly brisk, green-appley white.”

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Vinous gives 89 point rating to Château Pech-Latt Rosé 2018

89 points
”Limpid pink, fresh red berries, tangerine and subtle floral and mineral flourishes on the nose. Bright and racy in style, showing good clarity to the bitter red currant, red berry and blood orange flavors. Fleshes out slowly on the nicely persistent finish, which leaves a juicy strawberry note behind.” – Josh Raynalds

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