Category Archives: Syrah/Shiraz

WONDERFUL: An evening of wine tasting: Bell Wine Cellars, with Anthony Bell presenting. At Wine & Cheese Gallery, Gainesville, FL.

On November 15, we experienced a wonderful wine tasting featuring six wines from Bell Wine Cellars in Yountville, Napa Valley, presented by the winemaker himself. Anthony Bell presented a fun and informative evening, offering us a “sense of place” indeed … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Wine Guerrilla: The Art and Soul of Zinfandel. Three wines reviewed.

This week, we sipped our way through a flight of Wine Guerrilla wines: two Zinfandels, and Rebel Cru, a red blend. While most wines are like a good short story, these wines proved to be novellas. They opened with a … 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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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Biltmore Cabernet Sauvignon, American (69% California, 31% North Carolina), NV.* 13.9% alcohol. $14.99 on the Biltmore Web site; $11.99 at our local ABC store.

* The vintage is 2008. However, wines labeled with an “American” appellation are, by law, not permitted to carry a vintage date on the label. Oh, wow. What a delicious wine. And what an interesting story behind it. First, it’s … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: J. Lohr Estates, 2008 Los Osos Merlot, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, CA. $11.99, available for as little as $10.95. (81% Merlot, 9% Petite Sirah, 7% Malbec, 2% Syrah.)

This is by far the best Merlot we’ve ever tasted at this price, and it’s right up there at the top of the list of all the Merlots I’ve tasted to date. This dark ruby-colored wine has a rich aroma … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: 2008 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson/Ashton, South Africa. Usually $7.99-9.99, available for as little as $5.99.

Having had an outstanding Radford Dale Shiraz/Viognier (90/10) from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa recently, I was interested in trying a wine from a different region of South Africa. The whole world has opened up wide, the competition is … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: 2007 Red Diamond Shiraz (also Cabernet Sauvignon). Washington. 13.5% ABV. Suggested retail $9.99, available for as little as $6.99. A treasure at that price.

DID YOU KNOW … In most states, a wine can consist of as little of 75% of a varietal such as Merlot and can then be labeled as that straight varietal even if it’s a blend. Personally, we think blends … 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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