Wine Finds

Hurrah for rosé

June 20, 2011
Hurrah for rosé

Is it wrong to love a wine because it’s beautiful? I’m afraid it is a bit shallow, but I can’t deny my love for rosé wines starts skin deep. There is just something very appealing about wines that range in color from palest pink quartz to vivid cerise. Today’s wine find, Chateau du Rouet ...
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Big House, Big Value

June 16, 2011
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...
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WOTW: Alois Lageder 2008 BETA DELTA Lagrein – Merlot

May 27, 2011
WOTW: Alois Lageder 2008 BETA DELTA Lagrein – Merlot

Today’s Wine of the Week has a long name _ Alois Lageder 2008 BETA DELTA Lagrein – Merlot _ but a short description: Very tasty. This wine is a blend of lagrein, a red wine grape that grows mostly in the South Tyrol, and merlot. It retails for about $22-$28; I got mine as...
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WOTW: Benessere Vineyards

May 6, 2011
WOTW: Benessere Vineyards

I’d like to say I discovered Benessere Vineyards by driving around the Napa Valley and exploring a wildflower-lined lane. But the truth is I learned of them by getting a box of samples delivered to my door in Berkeley. So, not so much with the romantic backstory, but that, as it turns, out doesn’t...
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WOTW: Earth Day chardonnay

April 22, 2011
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...
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Wine Of The Week: V. Sattui 2008 Gilsson Vineyard Zinfandel

April 15, 2011
Wine Of The Week: V. Sattui 2008 Gilsson Vineyard Zinfandel

I got a little behind this week what with one thing and another. Taxes, mostly. Boy, was that fun. The point is I left the Wine of the Week until this morning which meant I had to taste before lunch which is usually something I cannot stand to do and spit as fast as...
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Wine of the Week: Smith-Madrone 2009 Riesling

April 8, 2011
Wine of the Week: Smith-Madrone 2009 Riesling

  The good news about the WOTW, Smith-Madrone 2009 Riesling, is that it’s a very nice wine. The bad news is that there isn’t a lot of it around, only 302 cases made. The wine, which was sent to me as a sample, has a suggested retail price of $27, and is a dry...
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Wine of the Week: Rodney Strong 2009 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay

April 1, 2011
Wine of the Week: Rodney Strong 2009 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay

  Chalk Hill Vineyard /www.rodneystrong.com “The wine cost $30, so it wasn’t expensive.” That was something I heard at an event the other day and my jaw dropped. I realize that not everyone is as cheap as la famille Vinecdote, but still. Thirty bucks! You’re talking one-tenth of a Coach purse right there. The...
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Wine of the Week: 2010 Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

March 25, 2011
Nobilo SB

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...
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Wine of the Week – Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2009 Chardonnay

January 21, 2011
mondavi ps

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...
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