Archive for the ‘California’ Category

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. ...

Smart Bombs and Cellar Treasures: Cameron Hughes Lots 444 & 469

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Napa, Unknown! | 1 Comment »

Twenty-some years ago we all watched astounded on CNN as a war halfway around the world displayed some shocking technology: The Smart Bomb. Our grandfathers dropped dumb bombs on each other, and it resulted in entire cities being destroyed when ...

Remembrances of Reckless Youth

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 Posted in Alexander Valley, California, Expensive, On Somebody Else's Tab | No Comments »

I found this bottle in my recycling yesterday. I was making my quarterly trip to the dump to leave behind my collected bottles. The Sixth Amendment of the Constitution required my presence at the County Courthouse, and I figured I'd ...

Likely to live, or likely to die? Cameron Hughes Lot 513 “Triage” Red Blend

Monday, September 19th, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Cheap and Red, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Unknown! | No Comments »

An anonymous red blend from a negociant, with zero data on the label of what may lie within… what could possibly go wrong? Looking at the bottle you slip into your own form of triage… Buy? Discard? Run away? Buy my ...