Archive for the ‘Odds, Ends & Blends’ Category

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 ...

Worth what I paid…

Sunday, April 29th, 2018 Posted in Odds, Ends & Blends, The Spit Bucket, Washington State | No Comments »

This is a wine that I was served for "free" on a recent flight on a small, regional airline. The kind that uses propellers on its planes. It was worth exactly what I paid, which says a lot. I usually ...

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 ...