Author: Helen Melville

Simply Italian Great Wines: Pinot Grigio

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The Simply Italian Great Wines Tour, 2019, at the SLS Hotel, West Hollywood, was a rapid carousel of peaches and pears, violets and cherries, honeysuckle and linden blossom. Starting at 10 am with a yawn and eight glasses of Pinot Grigio, Ken and I spent a glorious day by invitation spinning between tasting seminars. I…

Gambero Rosso, Tre Bicchieri 2019

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Gambero Rosso (red prawn, to you) invited me and Helen (media comps) to attend their annual 8-city U.S. tasting tour. Fortunately, one was in Los Angeles! This event is a wonderful opportunity to sample just released award-winning Italian wines. A Tre Bicchieri (three glasses) rating indicates an extraordinary wine – of which there were many.…

A “Two Virgos” Gin Tasting

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My friend Helen is here today to talk about gin. Which is only strange when you realize that Helen is not typically a gin drinker. She’s one of Sippity Sup’s wine connoisseurs. That is she was – until she reconnected with an old chum from her childhood days in England for an evening of gin…

Austrian and German Pinot Noir Tasting

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Today we have a fun and informative post about Austrian and German Pinot Noir. This post is from my friend Helen who occasionally shares her journey in wine appreciation with the readers of this blog. Please note, this is not a sponsored post – just one woman’s story of a glamorous evening and her introduction…

Gambero Rosso: Italian Wine Masterclass

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Gambero Rosso: A couple of months ago, Ken and I attended a fabulous Italian wine tasting event at the Beverly Hills Hotel. We were introduced to some stellar wines from Chianti Classico via a series of tasting classes. Chianti is made from the finicky Sangiovese grape varietal, which has been responsible for some pretty rough…

Santa Barbara Wine Country Road Trip

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Goethe says, “…The moment one definitely commits one’s self, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance…” Santa Barbara Wine Country Ken…

Hilliard Bruce Moon 2012

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In the final lines of Now Voyager, Bette Davis says, “Don’t let’s ask for the moon, we have the stars.” (Romantics, reach for a tissue.) I had heard tell about the Moon – an enigmatic wine from Hilliard Bruce, comprising of their most exquisite five barrels of Pinot Noir, with standards so exacting, some vintages…