Recommendation: An OUTSTANDING wine at a bargain price.

Winery/Producer: Château d’Oupia; Lunguedoc, France

Grape Variety: Carignan

Geographic Region, Appellation: Minervois Region, France

Vintage: 2012

Price: $9.00 (with a 25% off discount) [click to continue…]


Recommendation: A good buy for an OK inexpensive Cabernet.

Winery/Producer: Vina Vistamar; Pelequen, Chile.

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Maipo Valley, Chile.

Vintage: 2010.

Price: $10 [click to continue…]


Recommendation: Not recommended

Paired With: Grilled chicken with mild BBQ sauce.


    He said: Dark garnet, almost opaque color. Very light fruit bouquet. Fairly strong, sweet fruit taste that ends in a rather unpleasant sharp bitterness. No better than the first tasting. This is the last bottle and we won’t be buying it again…enough said!!!

    She said:

    Comments: See our first tasting review of Kitchen Sink Red Table Wine.

Alcohol: 12.5%

Bar code: 6 53408 20049 9


Recommendation: An OUTSTANDING wine from Portugal at a bargain price

Winery/Producer: Caves Messias; Mealhada, Portugal.

Grape Variety: Blend: Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Touriga..

Geographic Region, Appellation: Duro Valley, Portugal.

Vintage: 2010.

Price: $9.00 [click to continue…]


Recommendation: Excellent buy for an OUTSTANDING Italian white wine.

Winery/Producer: Villa Sparina; Gavi, Italy

Grape Variety: Cortese

Geographic Region, Appellation: Gavi, Piedmont; Italy

Vintage: 2010

Price: $14. (with 20% off from the discount bin) [click to continue…]


Recommendation: Not recommended

Winery/Producer: HRM Rex-Goliath; Acampo & Madera, California

Grape Variety: Blend: Syrah and Zinfandel

Geographic Region, Appellation: Unknown

Vintage: Non-Vintage

Price: $4.99 [click to continue…]

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Tasting Class Location: The Caviste Wine Shop; 3443 Robinhood Rd; Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Champagne Tasted:

    R. Dumont & Fils “Brut Tradition”
    Jean Lallement Brut Grand Cru
    Pierre OPeters “Cuvee de Reserve” Brut
    Vilmart & Cie :Grand Cellier” Brut
    Chartogne-Taillet Brut
    L. Aubry Fils Brut Rosé

Tasting Price: $25 [click to continue…]


Recommendation: An OK Vernaccia at a low price.

Winery/Producer: Cantine Fratelli Bellini; Chianti, Italy

Grape Variety: Vernaccia

Geographic Region, Appellation: Vernaccia di San Gimignano; Tuscany, Italy

Vintage: 2012

Price: $8.79 (with a 20% discount coupon) [click to continue…]


Recommendation: Outstanding buy for a red wine at $5.00

Paired With: Tortellini with an onion and garlic red sauce


    He said: I’m in North Carolina and Vicky is in California selling a house (we recently bought another house closer to our California son). So for a short time there will only be a “He Said” review of wines. During this lonely period I’m drinking wines from the back of the cellar we have already reviewed or didn’t like and never opened the second bottle. With that said here’s a second tasting of a Quality Wine at a Bargain Price.

    Opened 30-minutes before drinking. Dark garnet color. Very, very light dark fruit aroma. Fairly smooth fruit taste that finishes very dry. If it didn’t say Pinot Noir on the label you would be hard pressed to identify it; however, at $5.00 it’s easy drinking and continues to be an outstanding buy if your looking for a “Garden Variety” dry red wine. Rex-Goliath Winery has the chemistry of this wine down to a science. At this price point I’d buy it again in a flash, it’s GREAT for “everyday” red wine drinking and probably available in everybody’s grocery store.

    She said:

    Comments: See our first tasting review of Rex-Goliath Pinot Noir.

Alcohol: 12.5%

Bar code: 081434031303

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Ramon Bilbao Rioja Crianza 2007

by Ray on March 19, 2014

Recommendation: An OK Rioja that’s a good value for the price…

Winery/Producer: Ramon Bilbao, Spain.

Grape Variety:Tempranillo.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Crianza, Spain.

Vintage: 2007.

Price: $15.50 [click to continue…]