Monthly Archives: January 2013

NV Whitehall Breakheart Red

White Hall is a venerable Virginia winery. Not the flashiest, not the biggest and definitely not the smallest, White Hall sits in one of the prettiest areas of the state and turns out wine that is consistently very good at … Continue reading

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2011 Domaine Chene Macon Villages

I love American wines, I really do. And yet, here’s another example of the kind of thing that’s really, really hard for New World wines. Classy+interesting+delicious chardonnay for $12 or so? Forget about it. A villages level white Burgundy, this … Continue reading

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2010 Lovisolo Gavi

Nothing complicated about this wine, which is not at all a bad thing. In this case, it’s simplicity and class in one; this is just the sort of bottle Italy does so well for $10, and the U.S. has a … Continue reading

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2009 Marronaia ‘Intenso’ Sangiovese

Here’s a simple, but not simplistic, completely unoaked sangiovese made from organic grapes. It tastes completely unmanipulated, just high-quality, sweet and high-acid sangiovese grapes. It’s cherries, with some cinnamon and even something that I think of as cedar, all wrapped … Continue reading

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2011 Borsao Tinto

Another ridiculous deal. In fact, you can pretty much copy and paste everything I wrote about the 2011 Tarima. Same single-digit price tag, similar gaudy scores from the tastemakers. And while this is Garnacha, as opposed to the Tarima’s Monastrell, … Continue reading

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2011 Tarima Monastrell

Sub-$10 bottles of Spanish red rarely get me that excited anymore. I know, I know, from a solely QPR standpoint, there’s really no better bang for your buck than some $9 bottles from Spain, and I used to flip for … Continue reading

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Highland Park 12 Year Old Scotch

It can’t all be wine talk, can it? I picked up this bottle recently because my cabinet was sorely lacking in Scotch, and I figured I could not claim to have a well-stocked bar without it. After asking around and … Continue reading

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