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Wine Labels Make Gift Giving Fun

Date: Mon, Jan 5, 2009 Wine Tasting

Need to take a bottle of wine to a party and want to stand out from the rest of the bottles the host gets? Well, you could show up with a nicely aged bottle of Opus One, which should only set you back a few hundred bucks… or, you could grab a bottle something [...]

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Killer Juice Merlot 2006

Date: Tue, Dec 30, 2008 Wine Tasting

Price: $19 Maker: Killer Juice Vineyards, Ripon, California Varietal: Merlot Packaging: 3-liter box, twist spigot Alcohol: 13.5% Our Rating: 8.6 out of 10 Killer Juice Central Coast Merlot 2006 is another in one of my favorite series of box wines, the Killer Juice/Angel Juice lineup. This medium-bodied Merlot has a juicy flavor, mostly blackberries, with some vanilla and plum. [...]

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Killer Juice Merlot 2006

Date: Tue, Dec 30, 2008 Wine Tasting

Price: $19 Maker: Killer Juice Vineyards, Ripon, California Varietal: Merlot Packaging: 3-liter box, twist spigot Alcohol: 13.5% Our Rating: 8.6 out of 10 Killer Juice Central Coast Merlot 2006 is another in one of my favorite series of box wines, the Killer Juice/Angel Juice lineup. This medium-bodied Merlot has a juicy flavor, mostly blackberries, with some vanilla and plum. [...]

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Franciscan Oakville Estate Magnificat 2003

Date: Mon, Dec 29, 2008 Wine Tasting

Price: $50 Maker: Franciscan Oakville Estate, Rutherford, California Varietal: Red Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork Alcohol: 14.1 % Our Rating: 8.9 out of 10 We opened our bottle of Franciscan Oakville Estate Magnificat 2003 as a Christmas dinner treat to accompany a standing rib roast. This is a more costly wine than [...]

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Franciscan Oakville Estate Magnificat 2003

Date: Mon, Dec 29, 2008 Wine Tasting

Price: $50 Maker: Franciscan Oakville Estate, Rutherford, California Varietal: Red Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork Alcohol: 14.1 % Our Rating: 8.9 out of 10 We opened our bottle of Franciscan Oakville Estate Magnificat 2003 as a Christmas dinner treat to accompany a standing rib roast. This is a more costly wine than [...]

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Boxed Wine Cameo on Lost

Date: Fri, Dec 26, 2008 Wine Tasting

I’m catching up with Lost - Season 4 and DVD, and was surprised to find a wine box make a guest appearance. The Sawyer character (James Ford) pours a glass from what looks like a 5-liter box of Dharma Initiative Red Wine. It’s a bit anachronistic - while all of the Dharma project imagery [...]

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Boxed Wine Cameo on Lost

Date: Fri, Dec 26, 2008 Wine Tasting

I’m catching up with Lost - Season 4 and DVD, and was surprised to find a wine box make a guest appearance. The Sawyer character (James Ford) pours a glass from what looks like a 5-liter box of Dharma Initiative Red Wine. It’s a bit anachronistic - while all of the Dharma project imagery [...]

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Red Wine Increases Family Candor

Date: Sat, Nov 29, 2008 Wine Tasting

Who knew The Onion was into red wine? Health experts have long known that drinking red wine can have such positive benefits as reducing blood vessel damage, lowering the risk of heart attack, and preventing harmful LDL cholesterol from forming. But researchers at the Northwestern University Department of Preventive Medicine have recently found that the consumption [...]

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Red Wine Increases Family Candor

Date: Sat, Nov 29, 2008 Wine Tasting

Who knew The Onion was into red wine? Health experts have long known that drinking red wine can have such positive benefits as reducing blood vessel damage, lowering the risk of heart attack, and preventing harmful LDL cholesterol from forming. But researchers at the Northwestern University Department of Preventive Medicine have recently found that the consumption [...]

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Lindemans Reserve Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Date: Mon, Nov 10, 2008 Wine Tasting

Price: $10 Maker: Lindemans Wines, Australia Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Packaging: 750 ml bottle, screw cap Alcohol: 13.5% Our Rating: 8.2 out of 10 I’ve enjoyed other Lindemans wines, and I looked forward to the Lindemans Reserve Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 with considerable anticipation, even though I had found the bottle on the clearance shelf for a fraction of its normal price. [...]

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Lindemans Reserve Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Date: Mon, Nov 10, 2008 Wine Tasting

Price: $10 Maker: Lindemans Wines, Australia Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Packaging: 750 ml bottle, screw cap Alcohol: 13.5% Our Rating: 8.2 out of 10 I’ve enjoyed other Lindemans wines, and I looked forward to the Lindemans Reserve Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 with considerable anticipation, even though I had found the bottle on the clearance shelf for a fraction of its normal price. [...]

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Joe Blow Red

Date: Wed, Nov 5, 2008 Wine Tasting

Price: $10 Maker: Joe Blow Wine Cellars (Delicato Vineyards), King City, Pine Canyon & Manteca, California Varietal: Blend of Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork Alcohol: 13.5% Our Rating: 8.6 out of 10 Joe Blow Red is a non-vintage blend of five different grapes: Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. [...]

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Temptation Zinfandel 2005

Date: Wed, Sep 3, 2008 Wine Tasting

Price: $12 Maker: Alexander Valley Vineyards, Sonoma County, Healdsburg, California Varietal: Zinfandel Packaging: 750 ml bottle, screw cap Alcohol: 14.5% Our Rating: 8.9 out of 10 If you favor big Zins, Temptation Zinfandel 2005 might punch your ticket. It has a moderately strong berry aroma, and a warm, fruity flavor with black cherry and chocolate notes. This Zin builds [...]

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Relax Cool Red 2005

Date: Sun, Aug 31, 2008 Wine Tasting

Price: $7 Maker: Schmitt Söhne, GMBH, Longuich, Germany Varietal: Dornfelder Packaging: 375 ml aluminum bottle, screw cap Alcohol: 12% Our Rating: 8.2 out of 10 Relax Cool Red 2005 stands out because of its packaging - it comes in a sturdy aluminum bottle that holds 375ml and is closed with a screw cap. Unlike, say, an aluminum soft drink can, [...]

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