Monthly Archives: November 2011

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Tonjum Cellars 2009 “Different Drummer” Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles. $10.99,

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him keep step to the music which he hears, however, measured or far away.” —Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) APPEARANCE: Garnet … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Project Paso 2010 Red Blend, Don Sebastiani & Sons, Paso Robles. 22% Grenache, 17% Petite Sirah, 16% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 9% Zinfandel, 8% Tempranillo, 7% Malbec, 4% Barbera, 2% Touriga Nacional. 13.8% ABV. $14, available for less than $10.

Y’know how red blends with Cabernet Sauvignon are dominated by the Cab most of the time? That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just the way it is. I mean, if Robin Williams comes to your party, guess who’s going … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Wente Vineyards Estate Grown, “Morning Fog” 2010 Chardonnay, Livermore Valley/San Francisco Bay. 13.5% ABV. $12.99, available for as little as $9.95.

Intense, focused, and bracing, this pale golden wine definitely cuts through the fog. NOSE: Even at its coldest, it was very aromatic with lemon, floral notes, hints of tropical flavors, and a breath of sea salt. TASTE: Bright, tart with … Continue reading

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Around this time of the year, like car dealers and their new models, wine stores start to carry the newer releases of many wines. Because of this phenomenon and my own carelessness, this week we experienced two fails, and learned … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A book! “Judgment of Paris” by George M. Taber.

Full title: Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine. 352 pages, $10.88. Published in 2006, this engaging book serves as a brief history of wine-making and recounts the tiny 1976 wine tasting … Continue reading

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HaHa! “Red wine makes them live longer, but they get to be a real pain.”

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Plungerhead 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel (91% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah), Dry Creek Valley. 14.9% ABV. $19.99/suggested retail, available for as little as $10.95.

I’m not a plumber, but this Plungerhead can be my friend anytime. At the “can be found for” price of around $11, it’s the perfect Zinfandel to keep in stock for everyday. However, it’s fine enough that I would happily … Continue reading

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Another alternative to corks AND screwcaps: The ZORK closure

ZORK is a revolutionary new wine closure with the convenience of screw cap and the celebration of cork. ZORK is easy to remove by hand, simple to reseal and is completely recyclable. To open ZORK, pull the tear tab, unwind … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! (Only trouble is … pie R not squared, pie R round!)

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RECOMMENDED: Moobuzz 2009 Pinot Noir, Monterey. 13.9% ABV. $16.99/suggested retail, available for as little as $12.

MooBuzz, “from the land of milk and honey” [get it?] is indeed a laid-back wine, although there’s nothing weak about it at all. As Clark said, “It’s a serious wine, but it’s fun!” There is an emotional sweetness about it—we … Continue reading

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