Category Archives: South Australia

A bounty of 2011 rosé: The San Francisco Chronicle recommends

This is an interesting shopping list/summer project!Out of 100 roses tried, 30 made their “Recommended” list. Most cost less than $20. The San Francisco Chronicle’s list of 2011 rosés. Written by Jon Bonné. Panelists: Jon Bonné, Chronicle wine editor; Wayne … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 40 wines sampled, 8 recommendations.

2007 Ramon Bilbao Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain. 14%. Aged in new French and American oak, 15 months. www.BodegasRamonBilbao.es. $16.99. 2008 Sterling Napa (silver label) Chardonnay. An old-California-style, big and chewy, oaky, velvety, buttery Chardonnary. Not as big as the 1980 Napa … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: 2010 Fish Eye Pinot Grigio. $4.99 to 9.99, usually $8.99 in the grocery store. Refreshing and versatile. 12.5% ABV. South Australia.

Just delightful! The perfect wine for a summer evening. It presents with a rich golden color with just a hint of green—much more chardonnay-like than I expected. It’s mouth-filling, slightly sweet, and beautifully balanced, with a surprisingly long finish. This … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: 2008 Greg Norman Shiraz Cabernet. South Australia. 14.5%. Usually priced at $15.99-18.99, but available for as little as $11.95.

This is a lovely wine. The first lush, fruity nose opens to an aroma of oak and peppers. Rich and chewy, the wine pleasantly expands on the palate. With 14.5% alcohol, this big boy has the expected long, luscious finish. … Continue reading

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