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Far Niente Wine Review
John Turi - Wine, White Wine

Far Niente, Chardonnay, 2010

Wine Rating: 93

Who doesn’t remember their first time? And when was yours? What bottle converted you from a wine drinker to a wine lover? Transformed you from a wine aficionado to a sommelier? As the years continue to pass by, there’s often a period one reflects back on fondly and for many, there’s that paramount moment, that instant when it all changed and your life from that instant on would be different. To recall, that single sip, that first glass, could have altered your feelings toward wine and open you up in such a way, that you take it in and truly appreciate the ‘genuine passion’ it took for that wine to reach you – from vine to splendor.

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Far Niente Wine Review
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Far Niente, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003

Wine Rating: 93

December is my favorite month – for drinking. This time of year I tend to acquiesce to over-indulgence; eating too much, buying to many gifts, feeling more melancholy than usual and more often than not… drinking too much during family gatherings or office parties. Yes, this festive time is about going over-the-top and dealing with it all in January with a ‘New’ attitude. Nevertheless, this month’s columns focus is all about the grape. A faultless time of year for wine lovers… or is it? My wife, my family and my good friends know one thing when it comes to me and gift giving: “do not buy me wine.” It’s that simple. So if you know someone who is any kind of aficionado, an enthusiast, a devotee of any sort, nine times out of ten you will end up getting them something they already have or something they find second-rate. I don’t want to appear crass or unappreciative, but rather save you money and disappointment when the intended recipient meets your gift with a less than overwhelming reception or you learn later that they gave it away at the ‘white elephant’ party or worse… they just pitched it. It has happened time and time again.

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