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Someone must have brought this wine to my wine-and-cheese birthday party a few months back, because I don’t remember buying it. I did put it in the fridge, however, and it came out this weekend when I threw a very small BBQ. I’m glad it did, because it’s a very good wine and one that […]

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Condesa de Sarabella garnacha is a perfectly fine table, every day wine. It’s crisp, but still medium-to-full bodied, light tannins and no oakiness, or smoke or earthiness or anything really to distract you. There is no unnecessary sharpness or acidity (or even bitterness) either, sometimes found in wines at this price range. It basically tastes […]

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Wine tasting in the East Bay

Believe it or not there are over a dozen wineries in the East Bay (see East Bay Vintners). Five of them even have tasting rooms in our backyard. I’ve been wanting to visit them for quite a while, but I don’t like the idea of going wine tasting with the kids on tow, so I […]

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Red Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

I bought this wine at Trader Joe’s yesterday, I think for about $7, give or take a dollar. It was one of the wines being promoted. We had it last night with the Patagonian roasted lamb with apple-curry sauce, and it actually went pretty well. I found the Red Diamond to be all in all […]

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The second wine I served at our Xmas Eve dinner was a 2004 Deloach Sonoma County Forgotten Vines Zinfandel that I had bought at the winery years before. At $35 this is close to the most I’ve ever spent on a wine – so I had great expectations for it. I had, of course, liked […]

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2005 Treana white wine

For Xmas Eve dinner I served a couple of wines. We started with a wine wine, a 2005 Treana Central Coast, Mer Soleil Vineyard wine composed of 50% Marsanne and 50% Viognier. It’s yet another wine I won at a raffle/auction (yes, I participate in a fair number of those things). The wine retails at […]

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I have seldom liked a wine more than the 1999 Hess Collection Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. I served it last night with Hannukah dinner (though as a second wine, after people had finished eating dinner) to great acclaim. The wine was wonderfully balanced, with a rich flavor. There were hints of black berries and just the […]

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I first discovered the Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Merlot at a dinner at Rick and Ann’s. I’m not a merlot person but I, as well as everyone else at the table, really liked it. Later, we enjoyed a bottle with Thanksgiving dinner to great accolades. I wanted to try other wines from the collection and […]

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Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006

Neither Mike nor I have been drinking much wine lately, so it was very deliberately that I opened this bottle of pinot noir to accompany dinner last night. We have the wine, we should be drinking it. I don’t know how I obtained this bottle in the first place, but I’m definitely glad I did. […]

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2006 Pascual Toso Malbec

I got this Argentine wine at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago. Being Argentinian, I’m always in the look for promising & cheap wines from my country. This wine is one of those perfectly drinkable, not challenging and yet not empty wines that occupy the middle of the road of the wine world. It’s a […]

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