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Montoya Monterey Pinot Noir 2005

Date: Fri, Jun 6, 2008 Wine Tasting

Not too light, not too heavy, that sums up the body of this very affordable Pinot Noir. The flavor profile is like breakfast in a wine glass. First, there is a waft of smoked ham, and that gives way quickly to strawberries, dried cherries, red currant preserves and sweet spice....

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Boxhead Shiraz Cabernet 2006

Date: Thu, Jun 5, 2008 Wine Tasting

Whenever ten bucks can get this much bang, I'll take it. Better yet, nine-ninety-nine. Some people are dialing up the creativity, thinking out of the box, and finding ways to counterpoise vinflation. Boxhead begs the question, "How can they grow, vinify, bottle, cap, label, box, ship halfway across the world,...

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Wingnut Amador County Zinfandel 2005

Date: Wed, Jun 4, 2008 Wine Tasting

Smart money is looking to Amador County for Zinfandel. East of Sacramento and seemingly away from it all, this unpretentious wine country remains pleasantly off the radar. Here you can drive through golden grassy pastures, pass the past, and find some great Zin off the beaten path. My first experience...

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C. J. Pask Roy's Hill Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Date: Mon, Jun 2, 2008 Wine Tasting

It seems like wine prices are going up every day, and really good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is getting hard to find for under $15. A lot of the "go-to" labels of the last few years are pushing $20. Roy's Hill is a recent arrival to Nashville, and its $14...

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Pierre Boniface Apremont Vin de Savoie 2007

Date: Sun, Jun 1, 2008 Wine Tasting

As luck usually has it, I frequently show up just as a "Research and Development" session is just underway at Frugal MacDoogal's. A wine like this one might not otherwise cross my palate. Noteworthy as it may be, one of Dan Kravitz' "Hand Picked Selections", who knows if I would...

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Seasons Change: Winewaves Is Over (for now)

Date: Sat, Nov 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

Regular readers of Winewaves have noticed the slowing pace of new pieces in 2007. For the first 2 years I tried to keep a daily pace of providing new pictures and reviews here. Winewaves began in February of 2005, but it's over. At least for now. Like many other well-intentioned...

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The Hunt for October Red

Date: Mon, Oct 22, 2007 Wine Tasting

Click for a larger picture of these bottles. The hunt for October red has turned up a whole lot of alternatives. Here are four to get the week off on the right track. I love them all and have repeated them in search of my favorite. I can't say which...

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