Monthly Archives: September 2011

RECOMMENDED: The White Knight 2008 Viognier, Clarksburg (Central Valley), CA. 13.5% alcohol. Typically $11.

Golden straw in color, this gently aromatic wine is mouth-filling, medium-bodied and dry, with flavors of honey, melon, apple, baking spices, and minerals. When Thanksgiving rolls around, we’ll be serving this with our turkey. If you’ve never had Viognier, it’s … Continue reading

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DID YOU KNOW … A wine cooler is just that—a cooler—even if it has a thermostat.

You’ll need to use ice packs or already-chilled bottles of wine to get the temperature down to where you want it. The wine cooler has a limited ability to refrigerate and keep the temperature steady. In retrospect, I wish we … Continue reading

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An Artist’s Blog: Jacqueline Gnott

An artist myself, I admire many other artists and enjoy the Painting-a-Day movement. Here is a great painting by artist Jacqueline Gnott: “Grape Harvest,” watercolor on paper, 5.5″x8.5″. Visit or

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RECOMMENDED: 2008 Fleur du Cap Merlot. Stellenbosch, South Africa. 13.5% alcohol. $8.99.

It’s a great time to be a Frugal Wine Snob—the whole world has opened up. We’re no longer limited mostly to California and European wines (as we were 25 years ago), a large percentage of which used to be cork-sour … Continue reading

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DID YOU KNOW … 75% = Varietal

DID YOU KNOW: In the U.S. and much of the world, as long as a wine consists of 75% or more of one varietal (i.e. Cabernet Sauvignon), it can be blended with other types of grapes (such as Merlot) and … Continue reading

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DID YOU KNOW … You CAN Ship Wine to Your State.

This online wine store CAN ship to all states. They have acquired retail liquor licenses or warehouses in every state. Some restrictions still apply (i.e. in TX they can’t ship alcohol with more than a 16% alcohol content; a few … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A movie! 2008 “Bottle Shock.”

Based on real life, this film has been in the making for several years, under the tentative title “The Judgment of Paris,” and was released as “Bottle Shock” in 2008. Movie synopsis: France’s position as the world’s top wine producer … Continue reading

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DID YOU KNOW … The Truth about Drinks in Movies

According to the producers of the movie “Bottle Shock,” the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) regulations forbid the drinking of alcohol on the set. All the wines, beer, etc., portrayed in movies are various kinds of juices, with yeast added if … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: 2008 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA. 13.5% alcohol. $9.99-11.99, available for as little as $8.95.

This Cab is from the same area and the same vintage as the J. Lohr Merlot we like (see the September 12, 2011 post). We weren’t surprised that it’s good, but we were surprised that it’s THIS good, as well … Continue reading

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Friday, September 23: Grenache Day

Tomorrow is International Grenache Day! How are YOU going to celebrate?

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