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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 :-)

Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay – 2007

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 … Continue reading

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Condesa de Sarabella 2007 garnacha

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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2004 Deloach Sonoma County Zinfandel

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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1999 Hess Collection Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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 … Continue reading

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Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Zinfandel 2006

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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