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California

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 »

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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 »

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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

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

Napa and Sonoma Counties, 2016 – The Best Experiences

When you visit any areas producing wine, the things you remember most are not necessarily the WINE.  The experiences enjoyed while visiting wineries, looking at the wonderful scenery, and taking in the local cuisine, remain in your fond memories for years.  This year, we planned well enough ahead to get some great private tastings and … Continue reading »

Categories: Napa Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

A Quick Peak at Napa Sub Appellations

California offers many different wines from many different areas.  This post offers up a quick look at what you can expect when you visit. Wine aficionados  have long talked about terroir when they talk about wine and how to differentiate grapes grown in one area vs another.  An appellation is a legally defined  and protected … Continue reading »

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Concannon 2010 Crimson and Clover – red blend

Posted on August 21, 2015 by tcbrown: I went bargain hunting and found a nice one.  Concannon can surprise me once in a while with a good wine at a bargain price.  The 2010 Crimson and Clover caught my eye as it was in a discount cart for $8.00!  For half the regular retail price, … Continue reading »

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Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc) 2011

From March 14, 2013   Ah, cometh the spring and soon, warmth.  Warmth means deck wines, and we all know that deck wines keep us smiling in the sun even when the temp climbs.  In sampling many of the 2011 whites, I’ve found that it’s going to be a super vintage.  Sauvignon Blank (or Fume … Continue reading »

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Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Pinot Noir, 2012

A few years ago Belle Glos entered my radar with a bullet.  The two vineyards I’ve tried (Dairyman and Clark/Telephone) are both outstanding examples of moderately-priced Pinots.  This is NOT a lightweight.  If you’re into Burgundian styles, this isn’t what you’re after.  If Pinot wanted to adorn the strength of a Cab or display the … Continue reading »

Categories: Central Coast, Pinot Noir, Reds | Tags: , , | Leave a comment