Category: What we’re drinking

Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Vertical

Tasting a "vertical" is a great way to show how a wine differs from vintage to vintage and how a wine might age in the bottle. We tasted three vintages of Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon: the 2009, 2010 and ...

Ranchero Cellars 2010 Viognier

We first tasted this wine when we visited with winemaker Amy Butler in 2012 on a visit to Paso Robles for Hospice du Rhone. We liked her wines so much we took home several bottles. Notes of Star Jasmine and ...

Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2011 Willamette Valley Winemaker’s Cuvée Pinot Noir

Sometimes you just do not have time to prepare an elegant meal, but that does not mean you cannot have an elegant wine.  Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2001 Willamette Valley Winemaker's Cuvée is just that. Bright ruby in color with a nose ...

Tudal Family Winery 2010 Napa Valley Cuvee

Vibrant ruby-red with a nose of dusty lavender, cherry, fresh thyme and a whiff of mint, this lovely Napa Valley Cuvee from Tudal Family Winery blends balanced tannins with cherry, white and black pepper and dusty rose petal flavors. We paired it ...

The Original Rib Shack Red 2012 Red Blend

Don't let the Pinotage in the nose turn you away from this Red Blend (60% Pinotage 40% Shiraz) from South Africa's Western Cape. The back label says "It's a guy thing" but we think they are just talking about grilling ...

Hand of God 2010 Fingerprint Series Red Wine

This luscious blend of 55% Malbec, 35% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot draws you in with its deep purple hue and jammy blackberry aroma. Almost like a Bordeaux in its balanced appeal, this will have those of faith and ...

Château Smith Haut Laffite Grand Cru Classé de Graves 2008

Deep red core with a lighter red rim in this luscious Bordeaux from Pessac-Léognan. Leathery cinnamon and cocoa on the nose. A mélange of succulent black fruit. Soft tannins create a silky smooth mouth feel.  Black cherry and mocha finish. Pair with ...

Winzer Krems 2010 Kremser Pfaffenberg Reserve Riesling (Kremstal)

It's Summer of Riesling 2013 as we turn to Austria and Winzer Krems for the 2010 Kremser Pfaffenberg Reserve Riesling from (Kremstal).  Light golden straw with aromas of quinze, pear, and apple with a hint of petrol on the nose. Granny smith ...

2011 Bridlewood Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles

Drinking a 2011 Bridlewood Estate Winery Cab and enjoying the hell out of it! $15 for this Paso Robles wonder. This isn't a bargain wine, it's freakin' larceny!

2010 Les Chevaux Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend

This Washington State red blend from Horse Heaven Hills AVA is beautifully balanced with Old World nuances and just enough oak. Great value from Columbia Crest at $15.

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