Archive for the ‘Varietals’ Category

Achievement Unlocked!

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 Posted in Cheap and Red, Nebbiolo, Tannat, Uruguay | No Comments »

2016 Garzon Tannat Reserve. I am an unabashed carnivore. I willfully seek out the flesh of lesser beasts to feast upon. Fish, fowl, pork and beef. I love it all. I took a pretty big step towards this carnivorous commitment by ...

Chewy!

Saturday, March 27th, 2021 Posted in California, Drunken Ramblings, Petite Sirah, Sonoma | No Comments »

Just a bit of sediment. This was a Rock Wall Wine Company 2013 Jack's Dry Creek Vineyard Petite Sirah. I paired it with a round roast for dinner last night. The world's most wonderful woman, Testa Rossa gifted me a ...

The soundtrack of our lives…

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 Posted in Cheap and Red, Spain, Tempranillo | No Comments »

Viña Olabarri 2010 Gran Reserva I really like Riojas. I rarely talk about them here as they usually fall a bit above the self-imposed price limit of what I review here. This one weighs in just under $30 a bottle, ...

Gud onya mate!

Monday, March 8th, 2021 Posted in Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Syrah | No Comments »

Yellow Tail Big Bold Red I lived and worked for a while in England. London specifically. I was an IT Manager for an international publishing concern. I was one of two “Yanks” in the office. The other was from Baltimore, which ...

Mucho Malbec! 2014 Pascual Toso Reserva

Friday, March 5th, 2021 Posted in Argentina, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Malbec | No Comments »

2014 Pascual Toso Reserva Malbec, Barrancas Vineyards, Argentina On a visit to some relatives in Texas at least five years ago I first tasted this wine. It wasn’t this specific vintage, but it was certainly this wine. I snapped a ...

Revisiting an old friend, Cameron Hughes Lot 458, Paso Robles Petite Sirah

Saturday, February 20th, 2021 Posted in California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Paso Robles, Petite Sirah | No Comments »

Cellar Treasure: Cameron Hughes Lot 458 Here is a cellar treasure for you. A $15 dollar wine that was made almost a decade ago, and has been laid down in my cellar(s - I’ve moved three times since it was originally ...

Cellar Treasure: 2000 Château Saint-Saturnin Médoc

Monday, January 18th, 2021 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, France, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Petite Verdot | No Comments »

21 years old… old enough to drink itself. I bought six bottles of this wine in 2017 from my favorite online crack dealer. I’ve consumed one bottle a year since. They have never failed to please. I paid LESS than ...

Cellar Treasure: 1978 Château Montrose

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cellar Treasures, Expensive, France, Merlot, On Somebody Else's Tab, Petite Verdot | No Comments »

1978 Château Montrose The purpose of this website has always been to unearth great bargains. It started on the bottom shelf of my local grocery store's wine section, and the wine lists of a few small town restaurants. It has evolved, ...

Cellar Treasure: 2005 Marqués del Puerto.

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 Posted in Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Spain, Tempranillo | No Comments »

2005 Marqués del Puerto Gran Reserva Rioja Mind you, I haven’t had this in my cellar for very long. I purchased two bottles about eight months ago from one of my favorite online wine shops, Wine Exchange for less than $20 ...

Life is too short for boring wine…

Friday, August 14th, 2020 Posted in California, Central Coast, Not Red, Odds, Ends & Blends, Pinot Noir, The Spit Bucket | No Comments »

Sometimes a bargain isn’t really a good deal. It’s been HOT recently. Really hot. Way hotter than I really can tolerate. I’m an autumn/winter sort of guy. Summer has never been my favorite season and in the times I ...