Author Archives: The Frugal Wine Snob

2014 Stellina Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi. 14.5% ABV, $32.

Looking for a Valentine’s Day wine? Oh, is THIS ever delicious. Every year, Lodi hosts its Wine & Chocolate Weekend. This year, their 22nd, the event is happening this weekend, Feb 9-10. I can’t attend, but the hosts sent me … Continue reading

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New Address

For several years, we’ve rented a PO box at a shipping store so that wine shipments requiring an adult signature can be received during business hours without my having to be present. However, when I went to pick up our … Continue reading

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2017 Due Mari Sangiovese I.G.T., Puglia, Italy. 12.5% ABV.

Through a Groupon deal, I paid $54 for a 15-bottle case of red wines from Wine Insiders, plus shipping ($29.95). At an average of $5.60 per bottle including shipping, I expected some “weeknight wines” among the mix, but I didn’t expect … Continue reading

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2016 Simi Chardonnay, Sonoma County. 13.5% ABV, $9

Sonoma County, adjacent to Napa Valley, is well known for its excellent wines. Simi Chardonnay is no exception; it’s a tremendous wine, particularly at its price point, just $9. We enjoyed its terrific flavors of apple, pear, light oak, vanilla, … Continue reading

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My Three Favorite Scotches

Lagavulin 12-year-old. Single malt, Islay. Usually about 57% ABV, $75-100. Lagavulin was my first single malt love. It’s really strong — and tall, dark, and seriously handsome — mysteriously smoky, peaty, wild. Makes you think of a flat moor on … Continue reading

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God with Skin On

You Just Never Know. Like the rest of the country, I’ve been watching the news in horror as fires consume parts of California wine country and thousands of people’s homes. And all this after the summer wildfires hit Oregon/Washington/Montana, Hurricane … Continue reading

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2014 Augey Bordeaux Blanc. 11.5% ABV, $7

This is a classic white Bordeaux blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. It is softer than many of the popular, in-your-face Sauvignon Blancs out there, so it’s a good wine to share with friends who aren’t totally in … Continue reading

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Avalon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California. 13.8% ABV, $12

I haven’t blogged in a while. Yesterday, Tim Edison at WineTurtle.com sent me a link to his blog post about the 103 Best Wine Blogs. We’re on it. Smart guy—that’s a good lesson on how to get 103 top bloggers … Continue reading

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“So, are you opening anything special for Thanksgiving?”

Last night, a Facebook friend and fellow wine blogger asked me, “So, are you opening anything special for Thanksgiving?” Here is what I wrote in response: Life is quite strange sometimes. The short answer is, Yes and No. The long … Continue reading

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Three Fine Tempranillos

Thanksgiving is a busy time for wine geeks, with Tempranillo Day on the second Thursday in the month (today!), Beaujolais Nouveau Day on the third Thursday, and, of course, Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday. Here’s what I enjoyed for Tempranillo Day … Continue reading

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