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Caveats to my winery/wine reviews

I generally prefer bold flavored wines and lots of oak. I like my white wines on the sweet side, I usually prefer oakey Chardonnays, and my red wines heavy. I used to be almost totally into Cabernet Sauvignons, but in recent years I’ve started to prefer Zinfandels. I like Merlots and Malbecs, but I usually find them too mellow for my taste buds. I’m usually not a fan of Pinot Noirs, and I used to really dislike Syrahs, but they’ve been growing on me lately. Finally, I don’t like fortified wines.

I usually cannot identify specific flavors in wine. A wine may taste flowery or fruity to me, but don’t ask me which flower or which fruit it is. Mostly I concentrate on the things that scream to me: how balanced the wine seems, how full, how alcoholic/tannic/acidic, basically, how much I enjoy drinking it :-)

Masquerade Moscato Spumante – Review

I don’t think there is a better way to describe Masquerade’s Moscato than by calling it a treat.  Seldom have I tasted a more delicious, uncomplicated and appealing wine.  Sure, it’s not challenging. Sometimes you don’t want to be challenged. … Continue reading

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Chateau Souverain Estate Bottled 2003 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Last night, for our Xmas Eve dinner, we cracked opened a bottle of Chateau Souverain Estate Bottled 2003 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  We had bought the bottle at the winery’s tasting room back in 2008 for $25, and it’d been … Continue reading

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Goyette 2010 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon – Yummy!

Mike won this wine (along with a 2010 Goyette Pinot Noir) at a school auction Friday night (yay for Mike!).  I opened it last night for a small get together, and I was very, very pleased.  The wine was very … Continue reading

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Santa Clara Valley Wine Bargains

As I mentioned in my last post, last weekend I went wine tasting in the Santa Clara Valley.  A couple of the wineries I visited had very good sales on wine they’re trying to get rid of, and I thought … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting in the Santa Clara Valley

It’s Winter Break, which means the kids are once again spending time with their nonos.  It also means that Mike and I got a whole weekend alone together.  We spent Saturday wine tasting in the Santa Clara Valley (or rather … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting in Livermore – IV

The kids are out of town and I figured it would be a great opportunity to go wine tasting, something we haven’t done for a couple of years. Livermore is the wine growing region closest to us, so that’s where … Continue reading

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Toasted Head Chardonnay 2005

My friend Mauro brought this wine to my Hanukkah party last night, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It has a fresh, crisp flavor, somewhat bitter, and yet it managed to be fruity as well. Very easy … Continue reading

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Bink Merlot 2003

I “won” this wine at a silent auction a couple of years ago (along with three other Bink bottles) and decided to bring it to Thanksgiving dinner. Most of the other wines I have are cabs, and I thought they’d … Continue reading

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Castillo de Daroca – Old Vines Grenache – 2007

I’m not sure how I got this wine but I took it today to a pic-nic and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s deep, but easy to drink, somewhat fruity. Very light tannins. Just nice 🙂

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2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Vinos Magalí

I bought this wine at Grocery Outlet a few weeks back, mostly because it was Argentinian. Yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s not a big enough reason to try a wine, but I’d been wanting to give Grocery Outlet wines a chance … Continue reading

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