Reviews

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 8, 2019

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.  They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented …

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2016 Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot

This wine has been a Costco staple for a while, and it seems to come and go along with other varietals in the line.  I’ve seen the Indian Wells Cabernet and Chardonnay at times, and the wines are usually in the wooden bins on the tables.  At $13.99, it’s one of those wines that could go in the aisles or …

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2015 Westmount Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Just ran into this one in the nick of time to still get the healthy Costco sale price of $10.99, off the standard price of $15.99. Then I rushed to taste it so I could get something out to you right away. The sale price ends this Sunday (7/7). The wine turned out to be pretty good, but not great …

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Tongue Dancer Wines: New Releases from Sonoma County

James Mac Phail, one of California’s most accomplished winemakers, is crafting some superb wines under a new project called Tongue Dancer. The unusual name was chosen to reflect his special interest in wines that have texture and mouth feel. Under the Tongue Dancer label he has produced three wines in small quantities that are being sold by subscription. The wines are …

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Sweet Sixteen (Highlights From The 2019 Critics Challenge Wine Competition)

A few weeks ago, I visited San Diego for yet another stint of judging at the annual Critics Challenge International Wine Competition, now in its sixteenth year. As is always the case with CC, the organization, staff, and execution were all top-notch, allowing us critic-judge-types to give the wines their fair due under the palate evaluation microscope. As is always …

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The Friuli Wines of Perusini from Corno di Rosazzo

The Perusini ronchi di Gramogliano winery is located in Italy’s Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region, which produces some of the finest wines of Italy. Sandwiched between the Adriatic Sea to the south and the Julian Alps to the north, Friuli’s cool climate is uniquely suited for high quality wine production. This is especially true for Colli Oriental, the Friuli’s appellations where Perusini is …

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