Archive for the ‘Regions’ Category

Damn good wine for under $9!

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 Posted in Cheap and Red, Grenache, Spain | No Comments »

[caption width="552" id="attachment_385" align="alignnone"] 2012 Espelt Garnacha Old Vines[/caption] I grabbed this wine a little less than a year ago from Wine Exchange. The price was $8.98, which is an incredible bargain for what this bottle represents. It isn't available there ...

Ain’t Life Grand? Cameron Hughes Lot 602, 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Cheap and Red, Napa | No Comments »

I think the first contemporary vintages of Napa Valley cabernets I ever tasted were from the late 70s, likely 1978/79. I was just a wee barbarian, drinking at the table of my father, whose wine exploits and palette I aspire ...

A Reliable Go-To: Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Franc

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Washington State | No Comments »

I first tasted this wine at a local seafood & steakhouse. It is a great place and over the years I've become a "regular". The staff knows my name, and know what I like. I used to bring visiting business ...

Dusted Valley 2014 Cabernet Franc: Le Garçon Grand!

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 Posted in but not outrageous, Cabernet Franc, Expensive, Washington State | No Comments »

[caption width="552" id="attachment_364" align="alignnone"] Big Boy Cabernet Franc[/caption] Life had me traveling abroad for a few weeks, so I indulged myself of local wines along the way. I didn't bother to blog about them as they were universally outside of the ...

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 ...

Speaking of Rioja: 2004 Viña Tondonia

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 Posted in but not outrageous, Expensive, Grenache, Spain, Tempranillo | No Comments »

I paid $36.98 for this 2004 Rioja about three weeks ago. Given that "a good Rioja" should be cellared a decade or so, it is nice to find one that is ready to drink after have been bottle-aged before purchase. ...

“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 | No 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 ...

Lowball Bordeaux Grand Cru: 2004 Chateau Lusseau Saint-Emilion

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, France, Merlot | No Comments »

Like most folks, my buying habits have changed over the past decade. I can't recall the last time I bought a bottle of wine in a store. I do most of my buying online these days. Most of my household ...

Two dramatically different Carmeneres: Canepa 2014 & Arenal 2012

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 Posted in Carmenère, Cheap and Red, Chile, The Spit Bucket | No Comments »

The Bad: Canepa Reserva Famiglia 2014 Carmenere No idea what this costs, as it was given to Testa Rossa as a gift. Some online research points to around $8.00 a bottle. I'm glad we didn't pay anything for this because it ...

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 ...