Archive for the ‘Odds, Ends & Blends’ Category

Life is too short for boring wine…

Friday, August 14th, 2020 Posted in California, Central Coast, Not Red, Odds, Ends & Blends, Pinot Noir, The Spit Bucket | No Comments »

Sometimes a bargain isn’t really a good deal. It’s been HOT recently. Really hot. Way hotter than I really can tolerate. I’m an autumn/winter sort of guy. Summer has never been my favorite season and in the times I ...

Sad Spumante is Sad. Pojer & Sandri N.V. Spumante

Sunday, June 21st, 2020 Posted in Chardonnay, Italy, Not Red, Odds, Ends & Blends, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine | No Comments »

Overpriced at $29.98 It’s Sunday. It’s also Father’s Day. I got a bunch of stuff done today (including starting a project doing something I’ve never even tried before and so far, it is going well!) So I decided to celebrate, and ...

Sometimes a Rose isn’t a Rosé…

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 Posted in Italy, Not Red, Odds, Ends & Blends, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine | No Comments »

Rosé? I have always loved Brut Rosés, that is “pink champagne” to the lowbrow folk. That prototypical rosé of Pinot Noir produced wherever great Pinots are made, but then subjected to the process that makes it into sparkling wine. The brighter ...

Missing the Merlot Mark: J. Bookwalter 2015 “Readers Blend” Merlot.

Sunday, May 19th, 2019 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Washington State | No Comments »

Bought this Merlot for $19.98, as you can see. It is a mostly Merlot blend, with 90% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. I've enjoyed a lot of great Bordeaux blends in my lifetime, including some amazing Grand Cru's, and some ...

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 ...

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 ...