Monthly Archives: July 2012

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Moobuzz 2011 Pinot Noir, Monterey. 13.9% ABV. $16/suggested retail.

Back in November, I reviewed the 2009 Moobuzz Pinot Noir and recommended it: This week, I found something even better: the 2011 Moobuzz, released in May 2012. This wine is SPECTACULAR and is the best Pinot Noir I’ve tasted … Continue reading

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An exquisite painting by James Neil Hollingsworth

Big Grapes No.2   |   24 x 24   |   oil on canvas “Big Grapes No. 2,” o/c, 24″x24″ by James Neil Hollingsworth. To see more, visit his blog (click here). Neil writes, “I’ve been working on Big Grapes … Continue reading

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What an amazing couple of weeks.

“Omigod, Omigod, you guys!” That’s the gist of one of the songs in the rock-and-rollin’ musical, “Legally Blonde.” I’m playing keyboard in the Ocala Civic Theatre’s orchestra for the show, which opened last week. Bonus: one of my children, high-school … Continue reading

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UPDATE: 2010 Plungerhead Zinfandel.

Late last year I enjoyed (understatement) the 2009 Plungerhead Zin (review here). The 2010 is a little different, of course: 94% Zinfandel, 4% Merlot, and 2% Petite Sirah. It started out jammy but settled down very quickly as it opened. … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Two from Veramonte, Casablanca Valley, Chile. Ritual 2010 Pinot Noir, Ritual 2011 Sauvignon Blanc. $19.99 SRP.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Ritual 2010 Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Veramonte, Chile. 14.0% ABV. $19.99 SRP APPEARANCE: Clear garnet. NOSE: Deep, dark, dusky fruits. Black cherry, plum, sewing machine dust. Just a beautiful nose and I wanted to sniff and sniff. TASTE: … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Two from Murrieta’s Well. The Whip, 2011 white blend; The Spur, 2009 red blend. Around $15.

The Murrieta’s Well winery name is based on Old West history: Joaquin Murrieta, a.k.a. “Zorro,” would steal horses from northern California and run them down into Sonoma or Mexico, watering them from the artesian well on the property en route. … Continue reading

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