Month: May 2016

Events, General Wine

Best wine buy: Santa Rita's $8 'Secret Reserve' Looking for a summer bargain? How about starting with a 12-bottle case of Chilean wine — six reds, six whites — for $96? Santa Rita’s Secret Reserve red blend is a barbecue bargain at $8 a bottle. If you act fast, there’s a good deal in Santa Rita Estate’s “SR” (Secret Reserve) red and […]


Red wines that capture the power of the paws Are you a pushover for wine labels featuring animal art? I am — especially when loyal dogs and graceful horses are pictured. I don’t go much for bear, cat, fish, cow, bull and bird labels. Recently, however, I bought a Tuscan rosé with a Rhinocerous on the bottle. They say marketing is everything, and […]


14 Hands, My Man Sam will crown Derby Day

I’m going for longshots today in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. But even if I don’t win at the racetrack, I know I have a clear standout with 14 Hands Kentucky Derby Limited Reserve red blend when I get home. Today is the day to crack it open with the Wine Goddess, grill […]

Red wines

Run for the Rosés: Eight lively Derby Day picks

Saturday, May 7, is the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, the 1 1/4-mile race that tests the speed and stamina of the world’s best 3-year-old thoroughbreds. This weekend, some wine stores will be holding Run for the Rosés events — a takeoff on the blanket of roses presented to the winning horse. For the […]