Recommendation: Recommended as a good California Pinot Noir

Paired With: Salad.


    He said: Opened 30 minutes before tasting. Dark ruby color with a light rim. Strong earthy aromas. Smooth, dry fruit taste and a medium long STRONG earthy fruit finish. Pretty good, and with a “rich”, full flavor and just a tad of delicious tartness in the finish. The earth in the bouquet was EXACTLY like the taste in the finish…wow. The Row Eleven Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009 was good, but I REALLY liked this Row Eleven Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2007.

    She said:

    Comments: See our first tasting review of this this wine

Alcohol: 14.9

Bar code: 1 88728 00028 8


Recommendation: A MEMORABLE Chianti that’s highly recommended.

Paired With: Tortellini with an onion, green pepper and garlic red sauce.


    He said: Opened 30-minutes before drinking. Dark garnet color. Strong fruit aromas. Very delicious, exceptionally smooth, dry, dark fruit taste that just goes on and on through a long lingering finish. This has all the character of a Chianti Classico but with an intense bouquet and dark fruit all the way through the long finish. Excellent with the red sauce. In a word it’s OUTSTANDING. This made our list of the Best Wines of 2013 and the second bottle was just as MEMORABLE. We do a grilled chicken with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese that were going to have with the next bottle…I can’t wait!!!

    She said:

    Comments: See our review of the first bottle of Caparsino Chianti Classico Riserva 2008.


Recommendation: OK Bordeaux that’s a good buy for $10.

Paired With: Grilled chicken, dill potato salad and broccoli.


    He said: Clear, medium-dark ruby color with a light rim. Light fruit aromas with lots of alcohol. Fresh fruit taste that goes into a very dry medium-length finish. Actually I don’t think I’m as positive about this tasting as I was the first time. At $10 it’s “at best” only OK, I didn’t get the easy drinking leather we had with the first tasting and it’s right at the edge of a recommended wine even at this price. In the end I would not buy this again, but would say it’s a readily available Bordeaux and a pretty good buy at the $10 price point.

    She said:

    Comments: See Chateau Bois Redon Bordeaux Superieur 2009 for our first tasting comments.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Bar code: 0 89806 01001 7


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…]