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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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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 »

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Les Vins de Vienne – Condrieu 2010

Completely Jonesing for a viognier (and not finding any) I asked my local expert for a reco.  He came up with this gem – 2010 Les Vins de Vienne Condrieu 2010.  He found this at one of the distributors and bought it up, but it never came around again after the 2010 vintage.  Quel dommage!!! … 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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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 »

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2013 Trip to Willamette Valley, Parts 2 and 3

June 2 The third day of tasting led us to these fine places and wines:   White Rose 2010 Chehalem Mountains pinot noir                                     $50 (2) vineyard blend; medium dark garnet, clear Medium nose, blueberries Whole-mouth feel with medium body, fairly long finish Acidic and somewhat grippy, 3 – 5 years out 2011 Guillen Vineyard pinot … Continue reading »

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Alban Vineyards Edna Valley Viognier 2005

Originally posted Janurary 25, 2014:   In my never-ending quest for interesting not-chardonnay white wines, viognier is usually a top contender.  One usually associates viognier with the Rhone, but some American vintners take it on in stride.  Alban is one of those vineyards who champion the great white hope, viognier!  Recently one of my local … Continue reading »

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Some of the best of the wines available at the average wine retailer

Posted on February 4, 2013 by tcbrown  Sometimes you just get stuck buying wine from an average retailer, say grocer, convenience store, or “beer, wine, tobacco” outlet.  Which wine would one pick from the big bottlers that might still please the palette?  A fair question, but I can offer a few suggestions. Roederer Estate Brut … Continue reading »

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