Archive for the ‘Cheap and Red’ Category

A new varietal for me, Tannat.

Monday, March 18th, 2019 Posted in Cheap and Red, Tannat, Uruguay | No Comments »

Bought this bottle for $19.99. What a delight! Tannat is an old French grape varietal, but has taken hold in Uruguay, the next door neighbor of Argentina in South America. I've never tried this particular varietal before. Upon opening it ...

The Un-Bordeaux Bordeaux: Bouscat Caduce Bordeaux Superieur 2012

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, France, Malbec, Merlot | No Comments »

I bought this wine in 2017 for less than ten bucks a bottle. $9.98/bottle in fact. For some reason I haven't touched any of my six bottles, until today. Note to self, save the other five bottles for a sunny summer ...

Barbera di Lake County: Cameron Hughes Lot 621

Thursday, February 14th, 2019 Posted in Barbera, California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Lake County | 1 Comment »

I could never be a sommelier. My nose just isn't developed enough. I can usually zero in on a wine's country of origin... at least with France, Italy, Spain, and the USA. And MAYBE New Zealand, if it is a ...

The nose knows.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 Posted in Cheap and Red, Italy, Sangiovese | No Comments »

I don't know very much about Italian wines. I have enjoyed many of them, but my knowledge of them is as limited as my knowledge of Italy and Italian itself. I went to Italy once, for two and a half ...

Nice Carmenere!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 Posted in Carmenère, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Chile, Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’ve had this $16.98 2013 Santa Carolina Family Reserve Carmenere in my cellar for many years. The other night I finished a Carmenere from Washington state, and had a jonesing for some more Carm. Went digging around in the depths ...

Cranberry Petrel

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 Posted in Carmenère, Cheap and Red, Chile | No Comments »

I have no recollection of buying this wine. My cellar tracking app says it came into my possession in October of 2016, which means it left the winery very soon beforehand, as it was harvested the previous Spring (on our ...

Best Adapted… anything. 2012 Adaptation, Napa Valley Petite Sirah

Friday, January 11th, 2019 Posted in California, Cellar Treasures, Napa, Petite Sirah | No Comments »

I bought this wine years ago from The Accidental Wine Company. Can't recall what I paid, but I doubt it was very much. It's been laying around my cellar for at least six years. I opened it tonight. Wow! I'm kicking myself ...

Early Peak. CH Lot 530

Friday, November 2nd, 2018 Posted in California, Central Coast, Cheap and Red, Grenache, Odds, Ends & Blends, Syrah, The Spit Bucket | No Comments »

I don't drink a lot of Syrah these days. It seems to be at the same place where Merlot was in the late 90s. Overproduced. That said, I seem to have a lot in my cellar. Most via wine clubs I ...

Aged Bordeaux Bargain! Chateau Thieuley 2001 Reserve

Saturday, September 15th, 2018 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, France, Merlot | No Comments »

Intelligence is more than a capability you're born with, it also accumulates with experience, which is how the word is used in military and governmental parlance. One "gathers intelligence" about a subject through inquiry and study. Rather than applying all ...

The sweet, sweet taste of the Blood of Judas…

Thursday, May 24th, 2018 Posted in Cheap and Red, Italy, Odds, Ends & Blends, Sparkling Wine | No Comments »

I don't know what it is, but I love it. Label says "2015 Conte Vistarino Sangue di Giuda Costiolo". Google translate can only make out "Sangue di Giuda" to "Blood of Judas." I'm totally Okay with this form of cannibalism. On a ...