Wines Under $10

A sweet ride: Motos Liberty 2009 Merlot

Sometimes you just want to drink the [freaking] merlot. And you don’t want to wrestle with a cork or empty out your wallet to do it. For times such as these may I suggest Motos Liberty 2009 Merlot? This is a relatively new label from Panther Rock Company, a division of Bronco Wines, which is…

Frenzy 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

It looks like the era of trying to sell wine with cute critter labels has given way to an edgier trend of names that are unconventional if not shocking. Sometimes this works not at all for me. Although I know some women find all those “Bitch” wines amusing, I don’t. (But do let me know…

Paso Grande wines from Chile

Four new wine samples to taste today _ Paso Grande, a new line imported from Chile by California-based Bronco Wine Co., the people behind Two Buck Chuck. All have a suggested retail of $9.99. Paso Grande 2011 Sauvignon Blanc: A winner. Classic aroma of fresh cut grass. Tastes of crisp apple with an underpinning of…

Down Under Cellars Chardonnay

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  Does expensive wine taste better? It may if you can see the price tag. This study famously showed that when people were given the same wine at different prices they thought the higher-priced version tasted better. Today’s wine, one of several produced by Bronco Wine Co., the home of Two Buck Chuck, might have had…

Big House, Big Value

Due to my previous life as a crime reporter, I’ve probably spent more time with prison wardens than your average wine writer. At least as far as I know. So, it was a particular treat for me to meet with Georgetta Dane, the “warden,” i.e. winemaker, at Big House wines. The winery is so named…

WOTW: Earth Day chardonnay

    Ever try to take a bottle of wine on a hike? It’s pretty tricky. The bottle’s heavy, it clinks around and there’s a good chance _ if you’re clumsy like me a great chance _ you’re going to break it and get wine all over. Of course, there are those backpack deals with…

Wine of the Week: 2010 Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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This week’s wine is Nobilo 2020 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, which I got at Costco for around $10. This wine charms right out of the bottle with its pale straw color and simple, classic label. In the glass you get tropical fruit and grapefruit undercut with the grassy aroma that is a hallmark of New Zealand sauvignon…

Wine of the Week – Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2009 Chardonnay

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I’ve always enjoyed shopping at that fabulous French boutique, T’arjet. Everything from socks to soap to sockets in one fell swoop. But even I was surprised the other day to pop in for a few household staples and find myself confronted with a wine aisle. Aisle, mind you. Ladies and gentleman, I think this wine beverage…

Friday Find-Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo

Photo courtesy Concho y Toro

  A funny thing happened to my to-do list this week. “Finish laundry,” was No. 4 or 5 on Monday. And darned if it isn’t still there today. I cannot imagine how that happened. However, I’m happy to say, “Find a good wine for Friday,” was accomplished, and in very short order. The wine is Concha…

Wine of the Week: 2008 Georges Meurgey Vouvray

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  This Friday’s find is a 2008 Georges Meurgey Vouvray (Boisset). Price around $8 in Safeway. Check out the label. Unlike American bottles where the name of the producer is big and the region is tiny, the appellation gets star billing here. The French really are all about terroir, a sense of place. Vouvray is…