Monthly Archives: October 2011

2011: A Great Year for California?

Many of the major California wine-growing valleys have had a tough growing season, but the longer the grapes stay on the vines, the more flavorful they become. Word has it that this year is stacking up to be a remarkable … Continue reading

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THE BOTTLE OF WINE. (This story was making the rounds via email a few years ago, and I think it’s worth repeating. Enjoy!)

Sally was driving home from a business trip in northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Guenoc 2008 Petite Sirah, Lake County, CA. 14.1% ABV. $14.99, available for as little as $10.98.

APPEARANCE: Deep violet color. Lovely tears. NOSE: A gorgeous aroma of blackberry and plum sauce opens up to reveal violets, oak, a little molasses, and just a whiff of big fat dark-fruit pies. TASTE: This wine is full-flavored, but despite … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs

“An Apple a day keeps the doctor away.” If only that were always true. Anyhow, rest in peace, Steve Jobs, and hoist an Opus One (or two) for us. A life cut short, but Jobs well done.

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Ooh, AAH! The “Wine Enthusiast” List of Top 100 wines costing less than $15.

“Wine lovers the world over share a common complaint: Why does the stuff we so adore often seem to cost more than we can afford? This list is our antidote to rising wine prices, the remedy For what ails us. … Continue reading

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Hey, kids! Check out this restaurant’s wine list: It’s the Frugal Wine Snob’s dream come true.

In Gainesville, FL, The New Deal Café is the sister (and next-door) restaurant to Mildred’s Big City Food. Mildred’s has a fairly extensive wine list and they sponsor tastings from time to time. The New Deal Café is less expensive, … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Two by Acacia. 1. “A By Acacia” 2010 Pinot Noir, California. $14.99, available for as little as $11.99. 13.5% ABV. 2. Acacia 2009 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley/Carneros, CA. $19.99, available online for as little as $16.95. 14.4%.

1. “A BY ACACIA.” COLOR: Clear garnet. Legs! AROMAS: Cedar, orange, tea, cola, a little bit of cherry pie. MOUTH: Medium-bodied, moderately mouth-filling. Smooth. FINISH: Long, slightly spicy finish of tea and tannins. CONCLUSION: An approachable, yummy example of the … Continue reading

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