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Martin’s Safeway 6 for October 2011

Okay – Well overdue – So time to get back on this:

Redemption Zin – 2007 dry Creek Valley – Well, you have to have a Zin and this one works well. A little less in yer face than the 7 deadly zins but a couple of bucks more – From Alexander Valley Vineyards who also produce Sin Zin

3 x cabs (because I am not predictable at all)

2008 Robert Hall – Paso Robles

2009 Ghost Pines – Sooma / Napa / Lake county A Louis M. Martini blended cab. – the do label other varietals and the brand has its own Ghost Pines website

2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Springs Cab. Sauv. – I always like to WA and OR a chance and Chateau Ste. Michelle produce a large variety of wines.

Now we get to the last 2 – A Cotes du Rhone, for when you get tired of the heavy handedness and a cheap reliable blend to stop your safeway 6 from crawling too far past $80

2007 E. Guigal – Cotes du Rhone – When you want to be reminded that French wine tastes different and the exchange rate is in our favor

2009 California Red Wine – Menage a Trois A guzzler from Folie a Deux – Open as second bottle of the evening (Or first if you are in alone). A good price wine that is widely available – Turned up as a 2 pack in CostCo the other week.

Anyone have any suggestions for Halloween Wine?




Saintsbury, Pinot Noir Carneros 2007


Thought I would try a more up market pinot. I have had some of the saintsbury wines before and have enjoyed them (they are one of the wineries in the Press Club in San Francisco).

Now I am not the biggest Pinot fan, but this was disappointing. It wasn’t bad in anyway I was just hoping for something a little more exciting.

Anyway, will try another Saintsbury another day.


McManis – Petite Sirah – California 2006

 This got the GOLD award in the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – It actually got a “double gold” whatever that means

I have drank several bottles of this and it does vary a little. The first I had was perfect, the last was a little sharp but all had a good boquet (smelt nice) and a pleasant finish (Nice after taste).

Anyway, I only see this at BevMo and it is currently running at $11.99

Wesite is at : http://mcmanisfamilyvineyards.com/

Marques de Casa Concha – Syrah 2005 d.o. Puemo Chile

This was from one of the wine spectator mailings and was a 90 point wine (I’ll give my opinion on wine ratings  later…)

It’s a little pricey at $17.99 but worth it if you are looking for something special or are in a Syrah mood.

The company that makes this is Concha y Toro  and they have a variety of wines, some scoring big points at WS.

Website; http://www.conchaytoro.com