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Author Archives: tcbrown

Kathryn Hall 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

T-Scale Review of 2014 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Continue reading »

Categories: Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa Valley, Reds, Uncategorized, United States | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Seaglass Rosé, Monterey County, 2017

If you’re not drinking pink wine, you should be.  I am not referring to that pink stuff commonly found in gas stations, I am referring to the lovely dry pink Rosé wines that are a natural pairing for the warm outdoor days of summer.  Some of my traditional favorites are Rhone-made, but lately I’ve discovered … Continue reading »

Categories: California, Central Coast, Rosé, Variatal | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

2017 St. James Winery Traminette, Winemaker Series – Missouri!

On my recent trip to Middle Missouri, I stopped for a tasting at St. James Winery, right alongside I-44 in St. James, MO.   There is a nice tasting room, a beer garden, and a pub on the grounds.  Inside of the tasting room I was greeted by a friendly staff who were more than … Continue reading »

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2011 Tapiz Malbec Alta Colección

I recently inherited a small collection of red wines, most of which have a few years on them.  They were stored we ll in a cool, dark place in an old cellar.  Most of these wines were gifted to the owner who didn’t drink many reds, as white is the preferred house vino.  I opened … Continue reading »

Categories: Argentina, Malbec, Reds, South America | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Folie à Deux Dry Creek Zinfandel, 2013

Summertime and the living is easy… especially when you find a great inexpensive wine.  Deck time to me usually involves grilling up various meats and veggies, lounging on the deck, and sipping a vino.  One often looks to chilled whites and rosés during the warm temps, but I often look for bold reds.  Zinfandel is … Continue reading »

Categories: California, Reds, Region, Sonoma County, Variatal, zinfandel | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Reviewing some of Wine Enthusiast’s top 100 Best Buys for 2017

The list is out in the latest edition of Wine Enthusiast magazine’s top 100 Best Buys for 2017.  Many of these wines are available locally, and many are on your neighborhood grocer’s shelves.  I chose to look at the grocer’s liquor department for some of these wines.  I found six, and picked up one of … Continue reading »

Categories: blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Lodi, merlot, Napa Valley, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, syrah shiraz, Uncategorized, Washington, zinfandel | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Domaine Albert Mann 2010 Steingrubler Grand Cru Gewurztraminer, Alsace

The occasional semi-sweet wine should be a part of everyone’s vino regimen.  Some of the world’s best big whites come from Alsace.  These wines are often a great value when compared to other wines from Germany, France, and Hungary. Wines, such as this Domaine Albert Mann Gewurztraminer, balance some sweetness with a tart acidity.  This … Continue reading »

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Archery Summit Looney Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir

We have been sitting on this gem since our 2013 visit to the Willamette Valley and last night was the right night for its opening.  Grilled tuna steaks and a red pepper, white onion, and yellow squash medley (also grilled) begged for the pinot noir.  This occasion also demanded usage of our Riedel Vinum XL … Continue reading »

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Traveling high and low – d’Arenberg Hermit Crab, Chehalem Ridgecrest VY Pinot Noir

2014 d’Arenberg “The Hermit Crab” – Viognier/Marsanne, McLaren Vale – $13 This wine is a great way to enjoy a white wine that is not a Chardonnay.  There are those who are part of the ABC Club (Anything But Chardonnay), will take note of this wine.  A very good price point and readily available, this … Continue reading »

Categories: Australia, Oregon, viognier, whites, Willamette Valley | Leave a comment

Costco and the El Cheapo Compare-o

Do you have a Costco nearby?  If so, do you walk around the cases of wine they offer wondering if any of these $10 specials are worthy of consumption?  Yeah, me too. I bought four of these beauties from my local Costco booze store at the $10 mark.  I took the next few days giving … Continue reading »

Categories: Cabernet Sauvignon, France, grenache garnacha, Lake County, Languedoc-Roussillon, Lodi, Petit Sirah | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment