Author Archives: The Frugal Wine Snob

Santa Julia Canned Wines, Mendoza. 13% ABV, $5.99/375ml can.

The wine world continues to explode, with winemakers pretty much everywhere producing wine, alternative closures, and alternative packaging. Boxed wines emerged into everyday use several years ago with mixed results, just like bottled wines. And, along with single-serve plastic servings, … Continue reading

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Painter, Thomas Arvid

Thomas Arvid is an exceptional artist who specializes in oil paintings, especially still lifes involving wine. Click on this to access an article about him. Enjoy!

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2016 Lucas & Lewellen Cabernet Sauvignon Valley View, Santa Ynez Valley. 14.5%, $25.

Fun fact: As long as a wine consists of at least 75% of a particular grape variety, the label may designate it as such with no further explanation. However, as a wine wonk, I delight in knowing if any other … Continue reading

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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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