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Bivio Italia (Toscana) Tuscan Red 2006

Date: Sat, Jul 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

"An amusing little wine." "Hilarious." That's the conversation between Mr. Rumbold and Captain Peacock, in episode #303 of "Are You Being Served", when Captain Peacock makes his debut to the executive dining room. "Peruvian Beaujolais" it was, the reward for "arriving" after 20 years service to Grace Brothers Department Store....

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Colores Del Sol Mendoza Malbec 2009

Date: Wed, Jul 14, 2010 Wine Tasting

Technically a red wine, black is the "color" that comes to mind. It takes a bit of time to sense the redder qualities. This is a muscular young wine, probably best appreciated in its youth. Lean and pure, on the tongue it's fuller in body and weightier than it appears...

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Château Guichot Bordeaux Rouge 2008

Date: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

Affordable Bordeaux - is this an oxymoron? Yes, if you're label conscious - If you have preconceived notions about what you're going to like. The affordable Bordeaux that wash ashore aren't going to make the "talk show circuit". If you search erobertparker.com and come up with "No Wines Found", does...

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Les Acanthes Vin De Pays Viognier 2008

Date: Thu, Jul 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

You might look around for a bowl of freshly cut ripe southern peaches when you remove the "cork" from this lovely Viognier from France. I did, literally. You look for peaches in the nose of a Viognier, and this one delivers. After the initial aromas settle down, the supporting aromas...

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Chateau Bonnet Entre-Deux-Mers White 2008

Date: Thu, Jun 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

Chateau Bonnet Entre-Deux-Mers is a perfect wine for my favorite meal this time of year: a huge mixed green salad topped with fresh veggies, quartered hard cook egg and grilled chicken. Very crisp and lively with a mineral palate, aromas of lemon-lime, cold blossoms, and white peach. Frugal MacDoogal's in...

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Château du Gazin Canon Fronsac 2005

Date: Sun, Jan 18, 2009 Wine Tasting

Is it a contradiction to catch the Foo Fighters playing Austin City Limits? Not at all. The juxtaposition of quiet and loud, black and gray, soft and hard, all play.Lilkewise, Château du Gazin Canon Fronsac 2005 is a bottle of harmonious oxymoronic pleasure. One second you're feeling hard rock against...

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Napa Zinfandel is Affordable and Classic: Z-52 Wines Truchard Vineyard 2005 and Wall Cellars 2006

Date: Sun, Dec 28, 2008 Wine Tasting

Zinfandel has roots in Napa, only fewer of them now. You think Cabernet when you think Napa. Fortunately, there are Zin growers in this, California's highest priced appellation. Fortunate I say, because Zin grown here has the potential to yield a different glass of wine than Zin grown anywhere else....

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Rock Solid Bargain: Bodegas El Chantre Ramos-Paul Ronda Proprietary Red 2004

Date: Sun, Dec 14, 2008 Wine Tasting

Don't be surprised if a few bargains pop up in this recession. Here's a terrific wine that I found on sale here in Nashville. At its release price of around $50 and up, it was beyond my reach. But at $20, I took it home.This is the kind of high-end...

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Laissez Vous le Bon Temps Roulez: Loom Wine Long Yarn Sparkling Shiraz 2005 and Pom Cosmo Made with Home-Infused Vanilla Tito's Vodka

Date: Mon, Dec 1, 2008 Wine Tasting

Pimenter votre vie. Laissez vous le bon temps roulez. Or, as they say at Pat O'Brien's, Have Fun! Sparkling Shiraz is something not everyone is acquainted with. And not everyone is sure they want to be. Therefore, I pronounce it "the wine that care forgot". Only those who are up...

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A Likable Label and Wine for the Holidays: Spanish Quarter Chardonnay Albariño 2007

Date: Mon, Nov 24, 2008 Wine Tasting

Like so many wines making the scene these days, The Spanish Quarter Chardonnay Albariño 2007 debuts as a new concept wine, invented by Spanish wine giant Codorniu. Looking to be easily understood by a youthful "millennial" audience, coming of age and curious about the flavors of Spain, Codorniu dispensed with...

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Rated XXX: Rosenblum Vintner's Cuvée XXX Zinfandel

Date: Mon, Nov 24, 2008 Wine Tasting

This year, 2008, marks the 30th anniversary of Kent Rosenblum's foray into professional wine making under the Rosenblum Cellars label, hence XXX marks the vintage. The reference to adult cinema cannot be missed and is mentioned on the label: "Vintner's Cuvée XXX is not X-rated, but it is a spicy,...

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Alfredo Roca Mendoza Pinot Noir 2007

Date: Sun, Nov 16, 2008 Wine Tasting

You might have to walk past this one a few times before you pick it up. The small black and white vineyard scene on the label depicts terroir, but it does so in a quiet way. You eventually pick up the bottle. After all, it's an affordable Pinot Noir, and...

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California Chardonnay Never Gets Old: Geode Santa Barbara 2006 and William Hill Napa 2005

Date: Wed, Nov 12, 2008 Wine Tasting

Leave it to a baby boomer to latch onto this millennial wine label concept. Forgive me; the label goes with the new table we just bought from Pier 1 Imports, that place where the millennial generation now shops. The proverbial "we" refers to the writer, namely me, and my civil...

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Ale To The Chief: Obama Defeats McCain!

Date: Tue, Nov 4, 2008 Wine Tasting

Based on Winewaves' internal analysis of final tracking polls, exit polls and ongoing monitoring of election results, we declare that Barack Obama is the next President of the United States. Let's here it for President Obama: Ale To The Chief. (Posted 7:41 p.m. CST).While others have a lot to lose...

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