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About davetalkswine

I like to drink and write about wine. I'm an equal opportunity drinker, but gravitate toward France, the Pacific Northwest and up-and-comers like New York and Virginia.

Domaine du Chapitre No. 7

Eh, I guess this blog has pretty much died. Oh, well. When the mood strikes maybe I can still recommend some items. ┬áThis is a $12 Cotes Du Rhone that has the freshness and likability that is missing from so … Continue reading

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2012 Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel

It took me forever to get turned on to Bedrock wines, but I’m slowly rectifying that oversight. This is actually the first (non-Shebang division) I’ve popped and it’s “just” the 2012 OV Zin. And daggone, it’s kind of aggressively delicious. … Continue reading

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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 winelibrary.com 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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