Category Archives: california

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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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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2008 LeVois Zinfandel

I may not know much about wine, but I know a ton about sniffing out wine deals. I found this small production gem from a now-defunct winery at World Market, and while I wasn’t even remotely curious at full price, … Continue reading

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2010 Maroon Barrel Select Cabernet

I often spend/waste money on deeply discounted wines on the chance that the slashed price frog turns out to be a prince. I picked up this 2010 Maroon Barrel Select Cabernet at Cost Plus World Market for $17, or about … Continue reading

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2011 Nostre Pais Blanc

Picked this up when I needed to fill up a case to get free shipping. It had a lot of glowing press and I didn’t have any other Grenache Blanc-dominant blends. So, for $15, I figured the chance of disappointment … Continue reading

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2005 Clendenen Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot is gaining favor as a varietal in Virginia, but this is the first I’ve seen or tasted of a 100% PV from ┬áCalifornia. So, I’m always in favor of drinking seeming out of place or eccentric bottlings, and … Continue reading

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2008 Eagles Trace ‘Because’

This Bordeaux blend tastes like quality Napa fruit but costs just $20. It’s not a transcendent experience or anything, but again, it’s a taste of Napa–with some “dustiness” bright fruit, leather and everything, for considerably less than you might expect … Continue reading

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