Monthly Archives: July 2014

2013 Rubus Prieto Picudo Rose

Rubus is the private label of importer Fran Kysela, who brings in some ridiculous value wines when he’s importing other people’s stuff. Without a middle man, some of these Rubus wines are high value indeed. This is the best value … Continue reading

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Macarico Aglianico del Vulture 2007

This is maybe the only aglianico I own. It’s a variety I haven’t had much of, and what I’ve had has been cheap. This particular bottle is one of those bottles that they promote at a very steep discount. … Continue reading

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Two Bargain California Whites

California is not where you go looking for quality under $15. Nevertheless, every once in awhile you get lucky, and every once in a once in awhile, you get lucky twice. I opened two very nice, relatively cheap bottles of … Continue reading

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2009 Covey Run Riesling

Nothing boutique here. A giant winery owned by a giant wine conglomerate. Still, if you can find this for $5 a bottle, as I did recently, it represents off the charts QPR. This tastes like very good cheap riesling. It’s … Continue reading

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2012 Tessellae Carignan

I was excited to try a 100% carignan, especially one that cost a mere $12 a came with a lot of positive press. Alas, it’s pretty boring. The sweet fruit is pushed to 110%, and it might as well be … Continue reading

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Yo, I’m Making Shrubs!

Inspired by an article in The Washington Post and my own love of Pok-Pok drinking vinegar, I’ve started a batch of shrubs. I’ve got two batches going, a cherry-tarragon (cherry-terry) and a cherry mint. Each jar pictured contains¬†a cup of … Continue reading

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2011 Reyneke Syrah

Smokin’ good syrah for the money here. I bought this from, which is fast becoming my go-to wine shop. I feel bad for my¬†local brick and mortar shops, and I do still pop into them, but the big online … Continue reading

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