Drink With Rick

Hosted ByRick Savoia

Join Rick every week as he tastes and learns about a new wine!

Rick is not a sommelier. He doesn’t play one on TV. He just likes to drink wine. He doesn’t know everything about it, and he doesn’t pretend to be an expert. He’s not. But he knows what he likes, and what he doesn’t. And that’s good enough for him.

If it tastes good to him, He will drink it, and if he likes it, he’ll recommend it. If he doesn’t, he won’t, and he won’t drink much, either. He’ll just chuck it down the sink. And that’s what counts.

Because that’s the way most people in the real world drink wine. They aren’t hung up on all the nuances of a fermented beverage. They don’t want to waste time with all the pretentious pomposity associated with wine snobbery. They just want to enjoy it and the fellowship of family, friends and acquaintances who share their interest in this nectar. After all, at the end of the day, isn’t that really what wine is all about?

Rick prefers dry and semi-dry red wines, although he will occasionally drink white, if it is at least moderately dry and not too tangy. He does not like sweet wines, but will occasionally drink a dessert wine in small amounts if it isn’t overly syrupy or sickeningly sweet.

Among the reds, he prefers a good Merlot, Cabernet, Bordeaux, Valpolicella, Zinfandel, Chianti, Malbec or Tempranillo, and some red blends if the combination is right. So, if you want to send him a nice bottle of wine to taste and review (hint hint, nudge nudge), send him one of those.


All Episodes

DWR-128 – Samuel Robert Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2020 Tasting and Review

I open, taste and review a Samuel Robert Winery Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2020 red wine from Willamette Valley, Oregon. We also toast birthdays, national days, and the memory of 9/11. Plus, it’s Open Chat.

DWR-127 – Caleo Salice Salentino 2018 Tasting and Review

I open, taste and review a Caleo Salice Salentino 2018 red wine from Italy purchased from Total Wine in Charlotte, NC. We also toast a birthday, an anniversary, national days and tell dad Jokes. Plus, my own brick creation and the usual stuff in the chat.

DWR-126 – Poggio Al Tufo 2017 Rompicollo Tasting and Review

I open, taste and review a Poggio Al Tufo 2017 Rompicollo from Italy purchased from Sunset & Vine in Blowing Rock, NC. We also toast birthdays and national days. Plus, I show another of my Super 8mm short films.

DWR-125 – Fable 2018 Pinot Noir Tasting and Review

I open, taste and review a Fable 2018 Pinot Noir from California purchased from Sunset & Vine in Blowing Rock, NC. We also toast birthdays and national days. Plus, it’s Open Chat!

DWR-124 – Monterustico Piemonte Rosso 2017 Tasting and Review

I open, taste and review a Monterustico Piemonte Rosso 2017 gifted from Italy gifted to me from a friend to review. We also toast birthdays and national days. Plus, it’s Open Chat!

DWR-123 – Chateau Jeanneau 2019 Bordeaux Tasting and Review

I open, taste and review a Chateau Jeanneau 2019 Bordeaux from France purchased from Trader Joe’s in Charlotte, NC. Plus, a spoof commercial on Super 8mm I made with my friends around 1980, how to win a free bottle of wine in July and Open Chat!

DWR-122 – Terrain Vineyards 2016 Red Blend Tasting and Review

I open, taste and review a Terrain Vineyards 2016 Red Blend from California purchased from Trader Joe’s in Charlotte, NC. We also toast birthdays and national days. Plus, more dad jokes, how to win a free bottle of wine in July and Open Chat!

DWR-121 – Puerta de Plata Reserva 2014 Tasting and Review

I open, taste and review a Puerta de Plata Reserva 2014 from Spain purchased from Trader Joe’s in Charlotte, NC. We also toast birthdays, anniversaries and national days. Plus, how to win a free bottle of wine in July, dad jokes and Open Chat!

DWR-120 – Tentadora 2017 Malbec Tasting and Review

I open, taste and review a Tentadora 2017 Malbec from Argentina. We also toast birthdays and national days. Plus, how to win a free bottle of wine in July and Open Chat!

DWR-119 – Childress Vineyards Cellar Select Three Rose Tasting and Review

I open, taste and review a Childress Cellar Select Three Rose’ from North Carolina I received as a gift for Father’s Day. We also toast birthdays and national days, including Independence Day. Plus, how to win a free bottle of wine in July and Open Chat!