Medium garnet hue with good aromas of fresh red summer berries and cherry accompaniment.
Palate--Pleasant structure,with amazingly forthright cherry berry flavors that are much better than the price point of this wine would suggest. Barbera like Montepulciano are easy drinking, fruit forward wines that are just pleasant by themselves or make a good accompaniment to all kinds of food.
Barbera is widely planted and is the go-to wine of many Italians who live in the Piedmont region, home to the famed Nebbiolo grape. This one cost me a pittance and if I remember correctly somewhere in the $6 range. I read some "reviews" of this wine where it was panned; not sure what they were drinking but THIS wine is a summer stock up wine for the patio and porch and pizza so raise a glass!!!
Pale green with aromas of solid Sauvignon grassiness with touches of Granny Smith apples and nice notes of vanilla.
Palate--Tart first impression with razor sharp acidity. Subdued melon, grapefruit and very tart green apple finishing with a hint of vanilla a touch of bitters and more light apple.
This is a typical Sauvignon Blanc that will cleanse your pallet of any sort of pallet clinging fat, butter or grease produced from grapes from the Carmel Valley.
I love really acidic whites but even for my preference this one is a bit over blown eclipsing the essence of the fruit that is there.
At the $20 price point this is inflated from the more balanced and finessed S. Blancs for the half the price.
Nice black cherry hue with a bouquet of black cherry and loads of pungent cedar.
Palate--Front of steely,bready flavors with mid palate of bold black cherry and a touch of cola. Finishes with a slight linger of dark fruit and a hint of smoke.
Years ago I stumbled onto this Chilean wine and was wowed by it. I was paying around $12 for it and it was always great. Now it runs around $18-$20 and is still a solid example of Cabernet Sauvignon. For years I followed Concha Y Toro as they were one of those reliable producers who just did it right!
This is classic Chilean Cabernet and is still a fairly decent value so raise a glass!
Pale straw with gentle aromas of sweet mixed tropical fruit.
Palate--Lacking the kind of bold acid foundation I like in my white wines, it has enough to carry off the sweet, off dry loveliness of the Riesling grape. Nice simple flavors of stone fruits and tropical fruit compote with a quick finish.
This wine in the blue bottle is a German creation from the Nahe. Makes a good summer aperitif chilled down though I will be serving it with baked cod with a Dijon/jalapeno/honey glaze with toasted buttered panko crust.
Found at the $10 price point, raise a glass!
Cherry colored hue with aromas of strong strawberry and candied cherries with touches of smoke, cocoa and spice.
Palate--Full flavored big Pinot Noir with robust structure and wild cherry/strawberry fruit with a finish of light smoke and oak.
I paid $14 for this Pinot marked down from $22. It is one of those wines bottled under another label other than the real producer. It's a lot for wine for $14 and a raise another glass kind of wine!
This Washington State, Columbia Valley Cab has a medium black cherry hue with a bouquet of classic chocolate fronted black berry and cherry fruit with nice cedar notes.
Palate--Big cocoa front with tasty dark berry and bread flavors mid palate. This is a solid Washington state Cab that reminds me a lot of Columbia Crest's Le Chevaux Cabernet.
It's hard to beat Washington state cab at the price point these usually sell at ($12). Delicious! Raise a glass and buy more!
Hefty cherry/garnet hue with aromas of vegetal Cabernet, spice, blackberry and notes of mint.
Palate--bold presence with zippy dark fruit, forest floor with more coarse berries with a gentle finish.
Peter Lehmann knows how to do Shiraz and produces some great ones year after year. I'm not a huge fan of this particular blend (roughly 1/3 of each grape)preferring straight varietals of each grape but that's just me.
This wine sells around the $14 price point and is decent enough for the price. I'll be serving it with some grilled venison steaks and should be a solid pairing. Raise a glass!
Garnet hue with enticing aromas of bright berries, undertones of light cigar box with a purity that one expects of a much more expensive wine.
Palate--Perfectly ripe tannins with bold, fruity berries with spicy nuances that defy the price point of this remarkable Tempranillo (aka Tinto fino)!
This lovely super value wine is from the Ribera Del Deuro and cost me--sit down--$8! It's name PROTOS means "First"! In this case, its no exaggeration!
If you see this wine at twice the price, buy it. It's delicious and drinking gloriously. At this price I WILL be picking up more--if its still around. Raise a glass!
Nice garnet to black cherry hue with characteristic varietal aromas of slightly vegetal, big cedary fruit.
Palate--robust tannic structure with a touch of mocha and subdued dark fruit. Finishes quickly with a touch of cedar.
This is Marc Mondavi's creation--YES those Mondavi's--nephew of Robert (I think) and son of Peter Sr. The wine lists for $20 but I grabbed it for $13.
I would call it a $13 Cab but have had many better cabs at the $10 price point. For what its worth!
Straw hued with aromas of pungent sweet ripe pineapples and creme brulee.
Palate--Fresh bright fruit with vibrant palate cleansing acidity and a clean finish.
This is bright wine that would pair well with any buttery dish--I'm thinking lobster but then I AM from Maine.
This runs $20 which is a bit steep for this varietal but certainly a solid well made wine. Raise a glass!