Archive for the ‘Odds, Ends & Blends’ Category

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 ...

Basel Cellars 2006 Claret

Thursday, March 19th, 2009 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Syrah, Walla Walla, Washington State | 1 Comment »

Horrible photograph of a very nice wine. Sorry for the lack of posts lately... I came down with the flu a while ago and it utterly destroyed my senses of smell and taste for weeks. I've been recovering and along the ...

It is a Pazzo Party!

Monday, October 20th, 2008 Posted in California, Napa, Odds, Ends & Blends, On Somebody Else's Tab | 2 Comments »

I recently celebrated a birthday. Mrs. Barbarian arranged a dinner at a local steak place, a chain who sends you a coupon for a free dinner on your birthday. (Have I ever mentioned how frugal Mrs. Barbarian is?) I choose ...

An old standby: Maryhill Winemaker’s Red

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 Posted in Cheap and Red, Odds, Ends & Blends, Washington State | No Comments »

This is one of those "can't miss" buys: Maryhill Winemaker's Red, in this case a 2006. This wine is consistently excellent and reasonably priced, year after year. Mrs. Barbarian was the one that found it for us, having drank it ...

True Earth Red

Monday, July 21st, 2008 Posted in California, Cheap and Red, Odds, Ends & Blends | No Comments »

I was stalking through the wine section of the grocery store the other day, when I happened upon this red wine. Honestly what caught my eye was the presence of my favorite grape on the label: Petite Sirah. Given that ...

Chateau de Rolland 1999 Sauternes

Sunday, May 11th, 2008 Posted in Bordeaux, France, Not Red, Odds, Ends & Blends | No Comments »

Almost twenty years ago when I was still in abject lust with Mrs. Barbarian (and she with me) she & I flew to the East Coast to spend some time with my parents. They were living in Manhattan, as my ...