Darcie Kent Vineyards Gruner Veltliner, Rava Blackjack Vineyard 2011

$20 Below Wines Price: Suggested retail is $18.00 From The Winery: 13.5% alcohol While widely planted in Austria and Eastern Europe, it’s fairly rare to come across a Gruner Veltliner in the U.S. and especially in California. Winemaker/artist Darcie Kent makes this wine in honor of her Swiss grandfather, a winemaker who loved his Gruner. […]

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Blind Tasteapalooza #1 Cabs and Gruet Non-Vintage Blanc de Noirs

Blind Tasteapalooza #1 Cabs and Gruet Non-Vintage Blanc de Noirs

$20 Below Wines Gruet Non-Vintage Blanc de Noirs (New Mexico) Price: Suggested retail is $14.00 (I’ve seen this one for $11.00-13.00) Impressions: Attractive golden color with yeast, pear, and apricot on the nose. Light to medium-bodied with a shade of sweetness and a steady, lingering finish. An absolute killer deal at this price. Score: 19/20 Rodney […]

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California Cabs

Blind Tasteapalooza #1- California Cabs

I would like to think that I’ve flushed out all of the fallacious assumptions and the resulting prejudice that can go in to evaluating wine from my system. Some of the more dangerous assumptions are as follows: The more a wine costs, the better it is. WRONG! If there’s a screw-cap on the bottle, the […]

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Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cab and Creme de Lys Chardonnay

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cab and Creme de Lys Chardonnay

$20 Below Wines Price: Suggested retail is $11.00 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2010 Impressions: Dusty earth was the first thing that hit me, followed by cherries and bell pepper. Medium bodied. Little to no finish on this one. Score: 12/20 Price: Retails for around $9.00 Creme de Lys Chardonnay, California, 2010 Impressions: […]

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