Archive for the ‘Cellar Treasures’ Category

Cellar Treasure: 2009 Tinto Figuero Ribera del Duero

Monday, August 19th, 2019 Posted in Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Spain, Tempranillo | No Comments »

A friend visited recently, whose grandparents came from Spain. They had fled Spain in the 1930s to escape from the revolution there, and thought they had found a safe haven in Cuba. Well, we all know what happened next. His family ...

Amazing Petite Sirah: 2009 Marietta, Alexander Valley

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 Posted in Alexander Valley, California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Petite Sirah | No Comments »

I bought two bottles of this wine many years ago. Paid around $15/bottle. One of the benefits of having an extensive cellar is forgetting/losing/ignoring items for a while. While that would fail miserably in any other foodstuff, with wine it ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“What’s the best/most expensive wine you have ever had?”

Monday, February 6th, 2017 Posted in Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Expensive, On Somebody Else's Tab, Spain, Tempranillo | 2 Comments »

I used to like beer. I used to drink it a lot. But then the whole IPA thing started happening about a decade ago and quite frankly, got completely out of hand. Every craft brewer was trying to out-hop the ...

Cellar Treasure: Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Crest 2003 Red

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Petite Verdot, Washington State | No Comments »

This bottle has been laying about my family's cellars for well over a decade. First in my father's basement, and eventually mine, as my folks sold the family home earlier this year and the goods were distributed among the kids ...

Smart Bombs and Cellar Treasures: Cameron Hughes Lots 444 & 469

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Napa, Unknown! | 1 Comment »

Twenty-some years ago we all watched astounded on CNN as a war halfway around the world displayed some shocking technology: The Smart Bomb. Our grandfathers dropped dumb bombs on each other, and it resulted in entire cities being destroyed when ...

Dumas Station 2012 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Treasures, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

Dumas Station is one of my personal treasures in the wine world. I stumbled upon them at a local eatery in my small town. By habit I tend to scroll right past the standard reds right to the "interesting reds" ...

Go-to Tempranillo: 2001 Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 Posted in Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Spain, Tempranillo | No Comments »

In 2009 I discovered this classic Rioja via a segment on the radio show/podcast "Tasting with Tom" when he had a guest from bestwinesonline.com, now known as the Wine Exchange. I bought two bottles based on the review and the ...