Month: July 2013

General Wine

Wine Bargain No. 5: Casillero del Diablo Red Blend

California wineries make good red blends from Cabernet Sauvignon. I am not going to dispute that statement. But it bothers me when I hear wine drinkers discount the rest of the world’s producers. I swear if I took the label off the bottle of the Casillero del Diablo Reserva Winemaker’s Red Blend from Chile you’d […]

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Wine Bargain No. 4: La Carraia Sangiovese

Where are you going to find a wine costing $9.99 a bottle and is rated 90 points by Robert Parker? The Wine Novice presents the 2011 La Carraia Sangiovese Umbria, an Italian red that is Bargain No. 4 in my quest to build a 12-bottle case of quality wine for under $100. La Carraia is […]

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Wine Bargain No. 3: Mark West Pinot Noir

Mike Pigeon, the Wine Butler, put grilled lamb cutlets on the menu for a Saturday night cookout and we huddled briefly on the wine. A rich-tasting Pinot Noir was the first and only choice for the tender lamb, which would be complemented with macaroni salad, caprese salad (plump red tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, fresh garden-grown basil), […]

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Bargain No. 2: Alamos Chardonnay from Argentina

On a recent Friday night, when the Wine Goddess was taking a break from playing Kitchen Goddess, we ordered fish and chips with cole slaw from a favorite take-out place that knows how to “cook.” Because of the batter on the fish, I searched for a white wine that would cut through the fried taste […]

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Wine Bargain No. 1: Castano Monastrell

There’s nothing better than a good bargain, especially if it’s a red liquid in a bottle. Recently, I took off with the Wine Butler, Mike Pigeon, on a search-and-taste mission to find middle-of-the-summer wines that would go well with barbeque or as a patio sipper. He dared me to find 12 quality bottles of wine […]

General Wine, White Wines

There's nothing tragic about soave

When I taste Italy’s Soave wine, the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet comes to mind. Not because there is anything tragic about drinking Soave; in fact, it’s just the opposite. Soave is a white wine, made from the Garganega grape. It is a clean, light- to medium-bodied white wine that comes from one […]