Archive for the ‘Odds, Ends & Blends’ Category

Best Value Red of 2016/17: CH Lot 575, 2014 Red Blend, Red Mountain, Washington State

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Syrah, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

Only in America will you find a winemaker who will mix a Rhone varietal into a classic Bordeaux blend. "America, Fuck Yeah!" This wine appeared in my autumn shipment mixed case from Cameron Hughes, and it was a revelation. After I ...

Snowed in with a (not yet so) Super Tuscan

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Italy, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Sangiovese | No Comments »

I live in the mountains. I can't imagine living anywhere else to be honest. Beaches are not my thing. Neither are cities (though I visit them often and see their charm, especially when it comes to finding good eats.) One ...

Some practical advice for holiday bubbly: Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rose

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 Posted in Burgundy, France, Not Red, Odds, Ends & Blends, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine | No Comments »

I drink more bubbly than I should. For me there is no better reason to pop a cork off a sparkling wine than "hey, what a nice afternoon!" *pop!* So why wait until the holidays? I guess I'm unusual since ...

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 ...

Deep Dish Sicilian: Cameron Hughes Lot 315. 2009 Nero d’Avola.

Monday, July 27th, 2015 Posted in Cellar Treasures, Italy, Odds, Ends & Blends, Uncategorized | No Comments »

   No mafia or Godfather jokes will appear in this post. I promise.  A cellar treasure that has been resting in my basement for quite a while, I pulled this one randomly two nights ago. Upon opening it was still tannic and ...

2011 Royal Crest Red

Monday, May 12th, 2014 Posted in Cheap and Red, Odds, Ends & Blends, Oregon, Uncategorized, Unknown! | No Comments »

I grabbed a bottle off the shelf the other night to just have something cheap and red with dinner. I honestly can not recall when this bottle showed up, but I do recall that it was a freebie. It was ...

Raucous? yes. Wrecked us? Certainly.

Sunday, January 17th, 2010 Posted in Cheap and Red, Odds, Ends & Blends, The Spit Bucket, Washington State | No Comments »

When you think of great wine cultures your mind conjures up provinces of France, rugged struggling vines in Spain, fruit & nut Californians, enterprising Australians, and Carmenere-saving Chileans. Probably the last culture you would associate with viniculture are horn-helmeted raiders ...

This is not me, but…

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 Posted in Odds, Ends & Blends | No Comments »

…based on his accent and drinking style it very well could be a close relative of Mrs. Barbarian! Happy New Year, and be aware that my resolution for 2010 is to write at LEAST one post a week here throughout the ...

Pleasant Discovery: Fall Line Winery 2005 Red

Monday, April 6th, 2009 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, On Somebody Else's Tab, Washington State | No Comments »

Mrs. Barbarian & I went out for dinner last night. It was Christmas Eve and we'd done nothing to prepare, so when the better half declared "let's go out" I was already dialling our favorite small town bistro for a ...

Fortissimo!

Saturday, March 28th, 2009 Posted in Cheap and Red, Italy, Odds, Ends & Blends, Unknown! | No Comments »

This wine was on sale at a local wine merchant I occasionally drop into near my office. It is a 2005 Zenato Valpolicella "Superiore". I know absolutely nothing about Italian wines, so I can not provide you with much data ...