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?
This is a blended cab featuring grapes from Napa, Sonoma and Lake county
The combined effect is quite a nice cab. Leans toward the old go to Rodney Strong Sonoma County.
Anyway, something worth a try.
I got mine from the canyon market.
Had this one at Thanksgiving and fine it was – This came in at 93 points on the Wine Spectator scale and this month made number 10 on their Top 100 for 2008.
This is remarkable value at less than 20 bucks – $18.99 at BevMo and is flying out the door like hot cakes.
Described as “…a complex, seductive, pepper- and berry-laced Zinfandel” it was well worth it.
Not usually a fan of the larger/commercial wineries but hey it was a bargain-ish. $11 with the usual safeway 6 pack but $16 with real money (which I wouldn’t buy it for). Anyway, to the wine..it was OK actually. Quite smooth and gentle, as opposed to harsh and bitey. Very drinkable. Would put it into the “would drink it again” category but there are better wines out there for the same bish-bosh.
This is a great Zin. Like the 7 Deadly Zins only more so. It’s available at BevMo(Follow the link to check the availability at your local one)
It’s moderately priced at $15.99 (That’s with the BevMo $2 off)
I first had this at Two for T’s birthday (She was drinking the A-Z Pinot Noir from Washington which was also good but that’s only available via BevMo on Geary, so little chance of me getting over there.) I liked the wine list and pastries at Two so probably good for dessert.
Anyway, I did an around the world shop at BevMo the other day, so the ones I lied I’ll try again and hopefully have some others for the site soon.
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/
One of my favourites. It is up at the $13/14 rate (thats a lot for me) but well worth it. Hence why I buy, and drink, vast quantities of it. Very smooth with none of this over-powering blackberry, chocolate, haystack shit. Currently (Feb 08) on my regular shopping list.
Price has been varying on this one from $12-$14 at Sfwy. This is one of my regular buys and one that I take to dinner at other people’s places.. if I like them. Very nice finish; extremely pleasant and drinkable. Estate grown and bottled…but purchased in vast supermarkets. Where’s the romance?
Ooh ‘er, Missus. Lovely little number this one. Smooth as something that is fairly smooth. Currently, as of end of Jan, its $12 at Safeway .. with the Safeway Stingy Card (accepted by all tight-arsed northerners). Good value. Even the Missus likes it.
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.