Chateau La Roque Pic Saint Loup 2012

by Ray on August 1, 2015


Recommendation: A VERY nice red table wine that’s an EXCELLENT value.

Winery/Producer: Jacques Figuette; Chateau La Roque, France.

Grape Variety: Blend: 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre

Geographic Region, Appellation: Pic Saint Loup; Languedoc-Roussillon, France.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $15.30 (with a 10% mixed case discount) [click to continue…]

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Recommendation: A superb red Burgundy.

Winery/Producer: Domaine Bernard & Thierry Glantenay; Volnay, France.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Pommard (located in Burgundy’s Cote d’Or.), France.

Vintage: 2010

Price: $45.00 [click to continue…]

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Acronym Great Red Wine 2013

by Ray on July 26, 2015

Recommendation: Not recommended.

Winery/Producer: WX Wine Company; Sonoma, California.

Grape Variety: Blend.

Geographic Region, Appellation: California.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $3.50 (with a 30% mixed 6-bottle discount) [click to continue…]

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Blandy’s Madeira Malmsey Aged 5 years

by Ray on July 25, 2015

Recommendation: Not recommended.

Winery/Producer: The Madeira Wine Company; Funchal, Portugal.

Grape Variety: Malvasia.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Madeira, Portugal.

Vintage: Non vintage.

Price: $22.99 [click to continue…]

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Domaine De Montfin Corbieres 2011

by Ray on July 21, 2015


Recommendation: The earthiness was OUTSTANDING and it’s easily a Quality wine at a Bargain price.

Winery/Producer: Chateau Montfin; Peyriac de Mer, France.

Grape Variety: Blend: 70% Carignan and 30% Grenache.

Geographic Region, Appellation:Corbieres, Languedoc, France.

Vintage: 2011

Price: $12.60 (with a 10% mixed case discount). [click to continue…]

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Recommendation: “OK” Pinot Grigio that gets a recommended rating at this price point.

Winery/Producer: Fancy Pants Wines; St. Helena, California.

Grape Variety: Pinot Grigio.

Geographic Region, Appellation: California.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $6.99 (with a 30% 6-bottle discount) [click to continue…]

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In a recent post by the Wine Curmudgen titled Has sweet red wine taken over the U.S. market? he describes the enormous growth in sweet red wine sales. The idea that sweet red wines are quickly rising in popularity in the United Sates is somewhat disturbing and made tasting some notable examples an adventure. We are not overly fond of sweet wines and tend to avoid them. Thus, we had simply never tasted any of these wines that were being marketed as “sweet reds” so the tasting was especially intriguing. We picked the three best sellers for our tasting: Apothic Red 2013 ($7.99), Ménage à Tros California Red 2013 ($6.99) and Cupcake Red Velvet 2012 ($7.99). These three brands are said to account for half of the sweet red wine sold in the United States. [click to continue…]

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Recommendation: Black Box: Not bad, very inexpensive Merlot. Vella: Not recommended.

Winery/Producer: Black Box: Black Box Wines, Madera, California. Vella: Peter Vella Wines; Modesto, California.

Grape Variety: Black Box: 81% Merlot, 11% Syrah, 4% Petite Sirah and 4% Mixed Red. Vella blend unavailable.

Geographic Region, Appellation: California.

Vintage: Black Box 2013; Vella: Non-vintage.

Price: Black Box: $13.99/3 Liter box (4-bottles). Vella: $9.99/ 5 Liter box (6 1/2 bottles). [click to continue…]

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Chatham Hill Pinot Grigio 2013

by Ray on July 16, 2015

Recommendation: Not Recommended.

Winery/Producer: Produced and bottled by: Chatham Hill Winery; Cary, North Carolina.

Grape Variety: Pinot Grigio

Geographic Region, Appellation: Unknown.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $12.99 [click to continue…]

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Recommendation: An easy-drinking Tempranillo that’s a super value.

Winery/Producer: Bodegas Crupo Yllera; Valladolid, Spain.

Grape Variety: Tempranillo.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Castilla y León.

Vintage: 2006

Price: $16.20 with a 10% mixed case discount. [click to continue…]

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