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Malbec Crushing Other Grapes

Date: Fri, May 14, 2010 Wine Tasting

The hottest varietal in the U.S. wine market is Malbec, grown in Argentina and known for making red wines that are modest in cost and approachable in flavor. According to recent data from The Nielsen Company, Argentine wines saw a 59.6 percent growth in dollar volume percent change on the U.S. market—by far the [...]

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HRM Rex Goliath California Zinfandel

Date: Fri, Feb 19, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: $6 Maker: HRM Rex Goliath Winery, Woodbridge, California Varietal: Zinfandel Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork Alcohol: 13.5% Our Rating: 8.3 out of 10 Is it possible to buy a good Zinfandel for six bucks? Well, HRM Rex Goliath California Zinfandel isn’t a great Zin. It’s not as complex or intense as the “big” Zins I favor, and at [...]

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Twitter Wine?

Date: Thu, Oct 15, 2009 Wine Tasting

Has Twitter jumped the shark before it has earned a penny of revenue? It seems the social network has diversified into the wine biz, albeit for charitable purposes. The new venture, Fledgling Wine, is chronicled by Maya Baratz, SFoodie blogger, in Twitter is Launching Its Own ‘Fledgling’ Wine Label. Dogpatch-based Crushpad — [...]

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Palo Alto Reserve 2008

Date: Sat, Sep 12, 2009 Wine Tasting

Price: $10 Maker: Vina Palo Alto Ltda., Santiago, Chile Varietal: Red Blend - Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork Alcohol: 13.5% Our Rating: 8.8 out of 10 Palo Alto Reserve 2008 is a Chilean red blend. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah grapes are all grown in the Maule River valley region. The flavor of this [...]

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Lost Angel Mischief Red Wine 2006

Date: Thu, Jul 2, 2009 Wine Tasting

Price: $12 Maker: Eos Estate Winery (Sapphire Brands), Paso Robles, California Varietal: Red Blend - 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Petite Sirah, 18% Sangiovese Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork Alcohol: 13.5% Our Rating: 8.9 out of 10 Lost Angel Mischief Red Wine 2006 was a real surprise. A red blend with a funky name costing a little over ten bucks [...]

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Lost Angel Mischief Red Wine 2006

Date: Thu, Jul 2, 2009 Wine Tasting

Price: $12 Maker: Eos Estate Winery (Sapphire Brands), Paso Robles, California Varietal: Red Blend - 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Petite Sirah, 18% Sangiovese Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork Alcohol: 13.5% Our Rating: 8.9 out of 10 Lost Angel Mischief Red Wine 2006 was a real surprise. A red blend with a funky name costing a little over ten bucks [...]

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Twin Vines JM Fonseca Vinho Verde 2008

Date: Tue, Jun 30, 2009 Wine Tasting

Price: $7 Maker: Jose Maria da Fonseca Vinhos, Azeita-Setubal, Portugal Varietal: Vinho Verde - White Packaging: 750 ml bottle, screw cap Alcohol: 10.0% Our Rating: 8.1 out of 10 Despite its name, which translates as “green wine,” Twin Vines JM Fonseca Vinho Verde 2008 is a very pale straw color. The “green” refers to its youthful nature rather than its [...]

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Twin Vines JM Fonseca Vinho Verde 2008

Date: Tue, Jun 30, 2009 Wine Tasting

Price: $7 Maker: Jose Maria da Fonseca Vinhos, Azeita-Setubal, Portugal Varietal: Vinho Verde - White Packaging: 750 ml bottle, screw cap Alcohol: 10.0% Our Rating: 8.1 out of 10 Despite its name, which translates as “green wine,” Twin Vines JM Fonseca Vinho Verde 2008 is a very pale straw color. The “green” refers to its youthful nature rather than its [...]

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No Two Pound Chuck for UK?

Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2009 Wine Tasting

Very inexpensive wines could be taxes out of existence in the UK, if proposed changes to alcohol taxation are implemented. Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson wants to cut down on binge drinking in the UK, which he feels has reached epidemic proportions. His report said the new pricing strategy would set a minimum price of [...]

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No Two Pound Chuck for UK?

Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2009 Wine Tasting

Very inexpensive wines could be taxed out of existence in the UK, if proposed changes to alcohol taxation are implemented. Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson wants to cut down on binge drinking in the UK, which he feels has reached epidemic proportions. His report said the new pricing strategy would set a minimum price of [...]

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No Two Pound Chuck for UK?

Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2009 Wine Tasting

Very inexpensive wines could be taxed out of existence in the UK, if proposed changes to alcohol taxation are implemented. Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson wants to cut down on binge drinking in the UK, which he feels has reached epidemic proportions. His report said the new pricing strategy would set a minimum price of [...]

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Illinois Wine Consumers Fight Alcohol Lobby, Bad Laws

Date: Sat, Jan 17, 2009 Wine Tasting

I write from Indiana, which has laws which severely restrict direct shipping of wine. How do these laws get passed? It’s simple - distributors of alcoholic beverages have a vested interest in being the only way for wineries to get to consumers, and they contribute heavily to the politicians that pass such laws. Now, [...]

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Illinois Wine Consumers Fight Alcohol Lobby, Bad Laws

Date: Sat, Jan 17, 2009 Wine Tasting

I write from Indiana, which has laws which severely restrict direct shipping of wine. How do these laws get passed? It’s simple - distributors of alcoholic beverages have a vested interest in being the only way for wineries to get to consumers, and they contribute heavily to the politicians that pass such laws. Now, [...]

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Wine Labels Make Gift Giving Fun

Date: Mon, Jan 5, 2009 Wine Tasting

Need to take a bottle of wine to a party and want to stand out from the rest of the bottles the host gets? Well, you could show up with a nicely aged bottle of Opus One, which should only set you back a few hundred bucks… or, you could grab a bottle something [...]

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