2008 Château de Camparian Pessac-Léognan

Looking for a wine to pair with a slow-cooked roast? Why not choose a Bordeaux? The 2008 Château de Camparian Pessac-Léognan comes from the northern part Graves, the wine-growing region of Bordeaux classified in 1953. Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) Pessac-Léognan is a relatively new sub-region (1987) and is recognized for both its red and white wines. Pessac-Léognan also includes the only red-wine producer outside the Haut-Médoc which was classified in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification […]

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Black Sears 2010 Estate Howell Mountain Napa Valley Zinfandel

The Black Sears Estate 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel is one for the ages. Bittersweet chocolate, black raspberry preserves, black pepper, baking spices and dusty sun-dried strawberry on the nose, with a hint of the ceremonial cedar box of warm sake. With Bing cherry, sweet tobacco leaves, cinnamon flavors and legs like Tina Turner, the 2010 is even better with another year in the bottle. I tasted this in January 2013 at the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) […]

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2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This 2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon sports a big berry jam, cocoa powder and a barely discernible hint of green pepper on the nose. This is a BIG, BOLD — but not over-powering — Cabernet Sauvignon that works well by itself and even better with a juicy rib-eye and green beans topped with bacon and vinegar-drenched onions. Subtle tannins. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec and 1% […]

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2011 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Black Label, Stepping Stone Cuvée

Sometimes a Napa Cab can overpower your meal — not this 2011 Black Label Series Stepping Stone Cuvée by Cornerstone Cellars. Elegantly balanced fruit and tannins, this is THE perfect steak wine. We paired it with a bone-in rib-eye topped with a lovely pan sauce flavored with soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, chopped shallots and garlic; finished off with a splash of cream and butter. Add bacon-loaded mashed potatoes. The synergy between the wine and […]

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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 2011. These are sophisticated Sauvignon Blancs — with no boxwood (aka cat box) or tooth enamel stripping over-acidity that comes with some of the “value” Sauvignon Blancs. Rounded, balanced, elegant. Think Bordeaux, not New Zealand. […]

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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 honeysuckle on the nose,  grapefruit, peach blossom and creamy slate in the mouth with a lingering finish. 14.2% Alcohol by volume. Incredible with Caprese Salad with Parmesan and Salume crisps, and seared scallops. $30.00 She […]

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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 of black cherry, cola and forest floor, this Pinot Noir is rich enough to hold up to a local farm duck egg yolk with plenty of acidity to cut through it. Dark cherry, vanilla […]

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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 with a beef roast with reduction gravy and carrot, broccoli and mushroom medley. This blend of 50% Zinfandel 40% Petite Sirah and 10% Malbec is incredibly priced at under than $25! Only 500 cases produced, […]

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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 meats.  We paired this with a juicy bacon cheddar burger on a poppy seed bun.  Dark berries and smokey oak will have you reaching for seconds. SRP $9.99 from Douglas Green (DGB)  Tasty! And great […]

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