Archive for the ‘Napa’ Category

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 ...

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 ...

Cameron Hughes Lot 460, 2013 Oakville Napa Valley Merlot

Thursday, August 4th, 2016 Posted in California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Napa, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Merlot may have suffered a bit sales ways from a single throw-away punchline in Sideways, but as a varietal it remains one of the Crown Jewels of Bordeaux, and it's North American outpost of Napa Valley. For a bargain-hunting gourmand ...

Corner Grinder – Cameron Hughes Lot 448 Napa Valley Meritage 2012

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 Posted in California, Cheap and Red, Napa, Unknown! | No Comments »

   In ice hockey there is a particular type of player that every coach wants on his roster. The common terminology used to describe them is "grinder". One of those players that isn't afraid to go into the corners of the ...

Another Cellar Treasure from 2010

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Napa | No Comments »

Here is another of the older bottles I pulled from the cellar over the holidays, a 2010 Napa Cab from Cameron Hughes. Like the Merlot I enjoyed with Xmas dinner, it was a "pretty good" drinker back when it was ...

Cellar Treasure: Cameron Hughes Lot 344 – 2010 Oakville Merlot

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 Posted in California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Napa | No Comments »

Good things sometimes come to those that wait. In this case it has been a few years of waiting, but it was all worth it. Around the holidays I went rummaging around in the cellar, which honestly sounds better than ...

Cellar Dregs: 2006 Cameron Hughes Lot 102.

Saturday, February 25th, 2012 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Cheap and Red, Napa, The Spit Bucket | No Comments »

I love Cameron Hughes wines. In fact they represent likely 80% of our nightly consumption here at Chez Vinagoth. I buy several cases of mixed reds from CHwines per year to keep the cellar stocked. So by no means ...

CH Lot 110: The wine that saved us from Raucous Red

Sunday, January 17th, 2010 Posted in California, Cheap and Red, Napa, Pinot Noir, Sonoma | No Comments »

After the disaster that was the Raucous Red, I had to save the evening and the dinner with a "sure thing". Around our house that usually means something from Cameron Hughes. CH Wines are almost always consistent. Consistently good that ...

The Dinner of Champions & Cameron Hughes Lot 72

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 Posted in California, Cheap and Red, Napa, Unknown! | No Comments »

This was dinner the other night at Chez Vinagoth, waffles and red wine. You see Mrs. Barbarian had failed to stop by the grocery store or Costco as promised, so when it came time to cook something up the pickings ...

Carver Sutro 2004 Petite Sirah

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 Posted in California, Napa, On Somebody Else's Tab, Petite Sirah | No Comments »

Forgive me reader, for I have spent. I classify this under my "on somebody else's tab" category as it is an expensive wine... but I'll admit, I spent my own hard earned money to acquire it. To be honest it ...