Reviews

Cambie’s American Adventures

Connections with the Grateful Dead, Priorat, Macedonia and the southern Rhône drawn on the West Coast by the king of Grenache.  He’s best known for his work in the Southern Rhône, most especially Châteauneuf-du-Pape. His admirers call him the king of Grenache. Philippe Cambie was raised in southern France, born to a family with vineyards in the Languedoc. Even so, …

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Francis Ford Coppola: New Releases from Napa Valley and Sonoma County

The four wines reviewed here are exemplary of the depth and breadth of Francis Ford Coppola’s wine portfolio. This foursome offers excellent Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at an affordable price and two delicious proprietary red blends. The 2016 Eleanor is especially noteworthy as it blends Napa Valley and Sonoma County fruit in a lush and full-bodied format with excellent …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 1, 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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2018 Craggy Range Te Muna Sauvignon Blanc

Here’s an interesting New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that we found at our Costco for $16.99, which is more than we usually pay for wines like this, so we wanted to see what it was all about. Initially, and upon a quick glance, we thought this was the more typical Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s popular Marlborough region. But on closer …

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Texas Four-Step (A Deeper Dive Into Texas Hill Wine Country)

You know that you’re in Texas when… While I enjoy the thrill of the new, in some ways I am a creature of habit. Specifically, I have both a habit of getting invited to wine regions that don’t make the usual list of media darling locales, and I have a habit of accepting those invitations because, well, new. And so …

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