2016 Il Palagio Roxanne Red Blend by Sting

Hi wine friends, and Happy Wine Wednesday!  Today, I’m sharing the 2016 Il Palagio Roxanne Red Blend by Sting, which is a red wine blend from Italy. I don’t know if you knew that the singer, Sting, and his wife, Trudy, have a winery in Italy, but they do.

When Sting talks about wine, he describes wine as being like a song because each wine has its own story.  He says this is why he named each of his wines after his most famous songs.  And, as someone who grew up loving both The Police and Sting as a solo artist, once I discovered the winery, I couldn’t resist giving the wines a try.   You can watch my YouTube video to get all my thoughts, as well as background on the wine, or you can keep reading!

The back of the 2016 Roxanne Red Blend explains that Roxanne was the wife of Alexander the Great, was Cyrano de Bergerac’s unrequited love, and was the eponymous subject of one of Sting’s earliest and most famous songs.  With an description like that, it’s probably not surprising that I thought the Roxanne Red would be the perfect choice for trying Sting’s wine for the first time.

Sting and Trudy started doing renovations on Il Palagio, which is their winery in Tuscany, in 1999.  On the property, there is a private residence, 65 acres of vineyards, over 8,000 olive trees, and 80 bee colonies.  Their wines are all certified both organic and biodynamic.

2016 Il Palagio Roxanne Red Blend by Sting – At $18-20, this red wine blend from Tuscany, Italy is made by the singer Sting and his wife, Trudy. The wine is perfect for the fall weather, as it hints at a warm berry pie. It would pair well with red pasta dishes, as well as make a nice addition to a Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a wine that is worth looking for, particularly if you’re a fan of Sting. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

2016 Roxanne Red Blend by Sting

The 2016 Il Palagio Roxanne Red by Sting is a between $18-$20 online and is blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, and 10% Syrah.  The wine had a lovely deep purple color.  On the nose, there were a lot of blackberries and black cherries, with a hint of blueberries, sweet baking spices (mostly cinnamon and nutmeg), and violets.  In the mouth, there were blackberries and black cherries mixed with the sweet baking spices to create flavors that reminded me of a dark berry pie.  The wine had medium-to-medium high tannins, medium-to-high acidity, and a medium body.

Overall, this was a lovely wine.  It would pair well with red pasta dishes, as well as make a nice addition to a Thanksgiving dinner.  Maybe it’s because my mind is embracing the fall weather, but this wine just screams fall wine and food to me. It’s a wine that I think is worth looking for, particularly if you’re a fan of Sting.

Questions of the Day:

  1. Are you a fan of Sting or of the Police?
  2. Have you had any of Sting’s wines? If so, which ones, and what did you think?

2016 Intrinsic Red Blend Wine Review for Washington Wine Month

Hi wine friends and happy Wine Wednesday!  March is actually Washington State wine month, and so I’m sharing one of the Washington wines from my recent Wine.com haul—the 2016 Intrinsic Red blend.   You can watch my YouTube video to get all my thoughts, as well as background on the wine, or you can keep reading!

I bought this wine back in February 2019, but by the time I recorded the March video, it looks like Wine.com is sold out of the 2016 vintage.  However, it’s still available in my local grocery store.

2016 Intrinsic Red Blend

2016 Intrinsic Red Blend

The wine on this wine is absolutely amazing.  It’s actually done by Brooklyn street artist, Zimmer.  I know very little about street art, and the little I know is from Googling, but Zimmer used wild style to create the labels for both the Intrinsic Red Blend and the Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon.  The combination of wine and street art was done purposefully to draw attention to the process of using the environment to create art.  Intrinsic wine is trying to bridge the gap between the agriculture side of winemaking, which is where the grapes grow, and the urban side of winemaking, which is where people enjoy drinking of the wine that is made.

The 2016 Intrinsic Red Blend is a red wine from mixed with some licorice, hints of lavender, and a lot of cedar.  In the mouth, there were a lot of blueberries and blackberries with licorice, milk chocolate, and cedar, as well as hints of lavender and mint.  The wine has a medium body, medium acid, and medium-to-high tannins.

Overall, this wine is an easy drinker, but it has a little bit of a kick because of the alcohol level.  You would never know, though, because it’s well integrated.  I wish I had some grilled lamb or Portobello mushrooms to go with the wine.  It will definitely be a nice addition to a cookout, as the weather gets warmer.  This was the perfect wine to open in honor of Washington Wine month!

Questions of the Day:

  1. Have you seen the Intrinsic wines where you are? Have you had one?
  2. What do you think of Washington wines? Do you have a favorite?

10 Year Blogiversary: Celebrating with Coppola

*** I received this wine as a sample. ***

Hi wine friends, and Happy #WineWednesday! It’s hard to believe, but yesterday was my 10-year blogiversary.  To celebrate, I opened a Francis Coppola Winery Director’s Chardonnay because my first wine review blog post was a Coppola wine (the 2006 Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon). Cheers!

Other things I mentioned in the video:
🍷 All my Francis Ford Coppola Winery blog posts
🍷A Club for Book & Wine Lovers: The Books & Bottles Book Club

Questions of the Day:

  1. Have you had any wines from Coppola Winery?  What did you think?  Did you have a favorite?
  2. What are your thoughts on Chardonnay?  Do you love it?  Hate it?  Or do you just go with whatever wine is flowing?

Suggested Retail Price: $20
Received as a sample.
Overall: 4 Corks

A Valentine’s Day I Love You

Hi wine friends, and Happy #WineWednesday! Today, I’m tasting the Villa Jolanda Saint Valentine’s Day I Love You. It’s a $10 sparkling wine from Italy.  I thought it would be perfect in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. Cheers!

Question of the Day:  Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  If so, what are your plans? Are you heading out or staying in? And, are you drinking any wine?

Getting in the Valentine's Day spirit with a sparkling wine from Italy--the Villa Jolanda Saint Valentine I Love You. I bought it at Yes! Organic market for $9.  Rating 3.4 out of 5 stars. | AGlassAfterWork.com

Getting in the Valentine’s Day spirit with a sparkling wine from Italy–the Villa Jolanda Saint Valentine I Love You. I bought it at Yes! Organic market for $9.  Rating 3.4 out of 5 stars. | AGlassAfterWork.com

Price: $9
Purchased at Yes! Organic Market
Overall: 3.5 Corks

Birthday Bubbly! La Marca Prosecco

Hi wine friends…and Happy #WineWednesday! Today, we’re celebrating Hubby’s birthday with some La Marca Prosecco. I bought it at Trader Joe’s for tonight, but we also buy it at Harris Teeter, Costco, and Whole Foods.  Cheers!

Questions of the Day:

  1.  Have you opened La Marca Prosecco?  What did you think?
  2. Do you save sparkling wine for special occasions or do you do you enjoy it at any time?
  3. If you’re a sparkling wine drinker, do you tend to go for a Prosecco or are you more of a Champagne drinker?
  4. How do you celebrate your birthday?  Is there a special drink that helps put you in the festive mood?

Price: $14
Purchased at Trader Joe’s
Overall: 4 Corks