Archive for the ‘California’ Category

Amazing Petite Sirah: 2009 Marietta, Alexander Valley

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 Posted in Alexander Valley, California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Petite Sirah | No Comments »

I bought two bottles of this wine many years ago. Paid around $15/bottle. One of the benefits of having an extensive cellar is forgetting/losing/ignoring items for a while. While that would fail miserably in any other foodstuff, with wine it ...

Barbera di Lake County: Cameron Hughes Lot 621

Thursday, February 14th, 2019 Posted in Barbera, California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Lake County | 1 Comment »

I could never be a sommelier. My nose just isn't developed enough. I can usually zero in on a wine's country of origin... at least with France, Italy, Spain, and the USA. And MAYBE New Zealand, if it is a ...

Best Adapted… anything. 2012 Adaptation, Napa Valley Petite Sirah

Friday, January 11th, 2019 Posted in California, Cellar Treasures, Napa, Petite Sirah | No Comments »

I bought this wine years ago from The Accidental Wine Company. Can't recall what I paid, but I doubt it was very much. It's been laying around my cellar for at least six years. I opened it tonight. Wow! I'm kicking myself ...

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 ...

Yet Another Amazing Napa Cab…

Monday, May 21st, 2018 Posted in but not outrageous, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Expensive, Napa | No Comments »

Cameron Hughes Lot 601 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This one weighs in at $32, so trending above were we usually talk about wines here on Vinagoth. But this one is a bargain as without the obfuscation by the Negociant, it ...

Total Eclipse of the Sun: Vasco Urbano Brunswick Petite Sirah 2013

Monday, April 2nd, 2018 Posted in California, Cheap and Red, Livermore, Petite Sirah | No Comments »

Last summer the USA experienced a total solar eclipse, and for those of us who were able to get into the totality it was an amazing experience. The wine I enjoyed tonight served as a reminder, as when I held ...

Best of 2017: Cameron Hughes Lot 606 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Thursday, October 26th, 2017 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Cheap and Red, Napa | No Comments »

Sure, it's only October, but I've found the best budget wine of the year, hands down. It is still available, and if you're smart, you'll go buy some now. It sells for $29/bottle, but I have to tell you, this ...

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 ...

Surprisingly Separate Syrah: 2014 Pedal To The Metal, Santa Ynez Valley Syrah

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 Posted in but not outrageous, California, Central Coast, Expensive, Syrah | No Comments »

This wine is outside the economic scope of this site, being a $75/bottle expense, but I thought I'd share because it caught me by surprise with how enjoyable it was to drink. I'm not a huge fan of the Syrah ...

Some Lunchtime Drinking: Cameron Hughes Lot 527 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 Posted in Alexander Valley, California, Cheap and Red, Pinot Noir | No Comments »

I've had a lot of life changes over the past few years. Many of them were the cause of my lack of wine-blogging, some of them were the cause of me wine-blogging again. A move from one state to another. ...