Until recently, I didn’t realize that there were days dedicated to grape varieties. It’s kinda weird but I kinda like it! I felt horrible when I missed Cabernet Sauvignon Day on September 1 of this year and vowed I would never miss another (just kidding—I already know that I will). Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across International Grenache Day scheduled to go down on September 23. I needed to make sure that I captured … Read more
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Warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam’s Club can be a great place to purchase wine on a budget. Warehouse clubs typically pass along great deals on wine as they have very little markup, buy in large quantities (to get the best prices possible) and get favorable pricing from distributors. While you may not be able to consistently buy your favorite bottle of wine (or favorite winery) at discount clubs, they offer a variety of wine … Read more
We recently attended the Family Winemakers of California Tasting at Fort Mason in San Francisco. It was an impressive collection of boutique wineries. In fact, I have to admit that we were a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of wineries in attendance (over 300) and the assortment of wines being poured. However, we persevered and began the trek down the long lines of wineries, stopping at one here and another there. I wish that … Read more
One of our favorite bargain wine regions is Argentina. In addition to great deals thanks to the weakness of the Argentinian Peso, there is some great wine coming out of Argentina.
And Malbec is the King of Argentinian wine (with Torrontes being the Queen). A relatively obscure grape used in blending in the famed Bordeaux region and the main wine in Cahors France, Malbec has found its true homeland in Argentina and has flourished.
This … Read more
Outside Lands descends on, well the “Outside Lands” of San Francisco for the 4th time this Friday thru Sunday – August 12 – 14. The festival, held in Golden Gate Park is bigger and better this year having added EcoLand, DJ Dome, Freak/Comedy Tent (The Barbary) and a ton more food and wine. Food is scattered through out the the entire venue, so you are never far from some eats. They have even created a … Read more
This week’s Wine Wednesday pick is the Etz Kamptal 2009 Gruner Veltliner 1L from Austria ($11.99 at K&L Wines).
A beautiful, zingy wine from Austria that offers refreshment on a hot, summer day. Gruner Veltliner is the unofficial wine of Austria with more Gruner planted than any other grape and more Gruner consumed than any other wine. We recently served this at the LA Wine Fest and it was a huge hit! The perfect summer … Read more
Beverages and More runs a five cent wine sale where it sells the consumer a second bottle of wine for five cents when buying the first bottle at full price. For a full disclaimer, I have never shopped this sale but I have friends who swear by it and they buy cases and cases of wine. In looking at some of the wine they have offered in the past, it appears that consumers can purchase … Read more