Category Archives: Wine by Variety

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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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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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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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

Posted in France, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, White Blend | 2 Comments

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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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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The Lodi Native™ Project—Great Idea, Great Wine

Some of the best ideas happen when kindred spirits gather together to enjoy wine. Lodi Native™ is one of them. The project was born two and a half years ago when Randy Caparoso, sommelier and blogger for the Lodi Winegrape Commission … Continue reading

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Food pairings: Freixenet’s Cava and other wine

Recently I spent several days exploring Spain’s Cataluña winemaking region. I learned about the region’s famous Freixenet Cava as well as many other beautiful wines being produced there. (This post is Part IV about the visit; other posts’ links are … Continue reading

Posted in Cava, Food, Restaurants, Spain, Tempranillo, Travel | 3 Comments