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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 Sandler Bien Nacido Pinot Noir

This was a special Berserker Day purchase, and at $25 represents a fine bargain. Transparent ruby, tastes of strawberries and probably what nerds would call sandalwood. Verrrrry fun to drink. A fine wine, indeed. This was my first Sandler, but … Continue reading

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2009 Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica

There’s a ton of perfectly fine sub $10 bottles of red Spanish wine in the world right now, much of it with the kind of high professional scores that help sell bottles. This is one of the better ones. Relatively … Continue reading

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Buying Wine Online: Three Good Sources

I buy almost all of my wine from my favorite local wine shop. Getting to know the clerks at a good local store is one of the most important steps for people looking to learn more about wine. That said, … Continue reading

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2010 T-Vine Stonebridge Zinfandel

I made my first purchases from the flash site lastbottlewines.com a few weeks ago, picking up a few T-Vine stonebridge zinfandels and the 2009 T-Vine Paras Vineyard Grenache. Each were heavily discounted down to $20 a bottle, and I bought … Continue reading

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Virginia Wine Visits: Flying Fox and Afton Mountain

We recently stopped by these two Nelson County Vineyards, each of which is a short and pretty drive from Charlottesville. Flying Fox seems to avoid a lot of the traffic of some of its better known neighbors by virtue of … Continue reading

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2012 Stinson Rose and 2011 White Hall Viognier

Here are two standout wines from wineries that lie about 2 miles from each other in Albemarle County. I drank them on successive nights, and was really pleased with both. While the White Hall Viognier is a workhorse that outperforms … Continue reading

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