Articles Tagged: Red Wine

Living Shadow

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To celebrate the premiere of American Horror Story: The Asylum, top LA mixologist Rob Floyd created Basil Hayden’s Living Shadow.celebrate the premiere of American Horror Story: The Asylum This cocktail combines the tartness of red grapes and lemon juice with spicy Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, and in an ode to the show’s delightfully disturbing tone, the libation is then topped off with an eerie red wine float! And the spicy finish?… It’s to die for!… Read more

Celebrate Malbec Day!

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What was once a minor blending grape in Bordeaux France has emerged as the national grape of Argentina.  What maybe this grape you ask?  Why, it’s Malbec.  To celebrate this magnificent grape, April 17th has been designated Malbec Day!

You may ask yourself, how did such a minor grape emerge as the national grape of Argentina and a current darling on the international wine scene?  Well, the answer is that the Malbec that emerges from … Read more

2009 Caretaker Pinot Noir – Wine Wednesday

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Another pick from Trader Joe’s.  This wine was purchased for $9.99, a steal for a Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria Valley, which is near Santa Barbara California.  For those of you who remember, this region was part of the Sideways journey.  I am pretty picky about Pinot and this is one of the growing regions that I think produces some of the best Pinot Noir in California.  My fave is Russian River and the … Read more

2009 Archeo Nero d’Avola – Wine Wednesday

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This week’s pick is from Sicily, the island off the southern coast of Italy.  We picked up this little gem from Trader Joe’s.  In fact, we have been buying it for the last five years or so.  We just keep coming back.  I tried as hard as I could to find out about the winery and found nothing.  The only think that I found was that it was imported by D’Aquino.  But, when I went … Read more

2010 Stoneleigh Pinot Noir Review – Wine Wednesday

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This week’s Wine Wednesday is the 2010 Stoneleigh Pinot Noir and it hails from Marlborough New Zealand.  While we receive this wine as a sample, it appears to retail from $9.99 to $17 and at $9.99, just sneaks into Wine Wednesday.  There have been many a wine from Italy and Spain featured in the Wine Wednesday column, but not so many from New Zealand.  While the wines from New Zealand aren’t overly expensive, they generally … Read more

2010 R Collection Lot No. 3 California Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine Wednesday

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The R Collection is the introductory line by Raymond Vineyards, which traces it’s roots to the immediate post-Prohibition era in Napa.  The founder of Raymond Vinearyds, Roy Raymond arrived in Napa Valley in 1933 and married into the Beringer family.  After working at Beringer for more than 35 years, Roy and his sons started Raymond Vineyards with the family working side by side for their first crush in 1974.  Since then, Raymond Vineyards has earned … Read more

2010 Campo Viejo Rioja – Wine Wednesday

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Last week’s pick of the week came from Portugal.  This week’s pick comes from it’s neighbor, Spain.  As we have written about in the past, Spain offers incredible value for its quality of wine and a number of prior picks have come from Spain.  There seems to be no stopping Spain and Italy for Wine Wednesday picks.

This week’s pick is the 2010 Campo Viejo Rioja.  This wine is a little unusual as it’s a … Read more

Quinta de Cabriz Dao Colheita 2008 Selectionada – Wine Wednesday

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This week’s selection comes from Portugal.  While we don’t import tons of wine from Portugal in the US and the wines can be challenging to find, in my humble opinion, they are worth the effort.  Portugese wines are generally reasonably priced and I am a fan of the style – somewhere between old world and new world.  The wines typically exhibit ripe red and black fruit redolent of the new world but maintain an earthy … Read more

2010 Quattro Mani Barbera Review – Wine Wednesday

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Quattro Mani is the brainchild of Domaine Select Wine Estates.  It is an offering of second label wines from some of Italy and Slovenia’s best winemakers.  The 2010 Quattro Mani Barbera is made by Danilo Droco, one of Piedmont’s greatest winemakers.  Not only is the Quatro Mani Barbera a zippy little wine, it’s also a great price at $8.99 a bottle.  In fact, it’s one of the best wines priced under $10 that I have … Read more

2009 Green Truck Petit Sirah – Wine Wednesday

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This bargain wine is made from certified organic grapes in Mendocino County. Mendocino County is a cool growing area just north of Sonoma and has long been a leader in the organic grape movement in the United States. What is great about this wine is that is is organic and can still be found for under $10. We paid $8.99 for it.

While you might not have heard of Green Truck Wine (the Green standing … Read more

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