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Reds

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

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 »

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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 »

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

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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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

Revelry D11 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

2012 Revelry Cabernet Sauvignon, Dionysis Vineyard D11 Block – Walla Walla I have a fondness of Washington State Cabernet Sauvignons (along with Rhone varietals, Chardonnays, and most everything else produced there.)  So the Revelry D11, which comes from a specific block (11) of the venerable Dionysus Vineyard, was an instant hit here at home.  This … Continue reading »

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2009 Benton-Lane First Class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley – First Class

First posted March 11, 2016: First post in a while!  It’s been a long while since I’ve been really moved by a wine, but there have been a nice big lot of them lately.  The 2009 Benton Lane Pinot Noir was in a case of wine I bought during a silent auction at the International … 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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1/2 price bargains – one Sauvignon Blanc, one Cabernet Sauvignon

Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the… half price bin at your local wine shop.  I like taking a chance on some of the interesting bottles when they’re marked down.  Take for examples these two beauties:  2012 Saint Clair Family Estate Vicar’s Choice sauvignon blanc and the 2009 Bodega Norton cabernet … Continue reading »

Categories: Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, New Zealand, Reds, sauvignon blanc, whites | Tags: , , | Leave a comment