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Oct 19 2014

Ceraudo Imyr Bianco 2012

Ceraudo Imyr Bianco 2012

ceraudo_imyr_2012The Ceraudo Imyr Bianco 2012 is 100% Chardonnay grown in family owned estate vineyards near Calabria in Stongoli (the toe of the boot) in southern Italy.  The family farm produces wine, olive oil, citrus and includes a Michelin Star restaurant. The Chardonnay grapes were sourced from 20 year old vines and this wine was aged in French oak barrels for 6 months. The vines are planted along with rose…

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Oct 08 2014

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2014

kim_crawford_sb_2014The Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2014 is sourced from vineyards located in the Wairau Valley and the Awatere Valley inside the Marlborough region on the northeast corner of the South Island of New Zealand. The harvest took place in February of 2014 (this post was written October 2014), so this Sauv Blanc went from grapes on the vine to bottles on the shelf in a hurry. This is a young Sauvignon…

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Oct 06 2014
Birthday Cake Vineyards Cheesecake Wine

The Birthday Cake Vineyards Cheesecake Wine is a flavored wine from France that tastes, well, like…

Birthday Cake Vineyards Cheesecake Wine

The Birthday Cake Vineyards Cheesecake Wine is a flavored wine from France that tastes, well, like…

Oct 02 2014

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Red Blend 2011

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Red Blend 2011

columbia_crest_red_2011The Columbia Crest Grand Estates Red Blend 2011 is 61% Merlot, 27% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% “other” sourced from vineyards in the Wahluke Slope AVA, the Horse Heaven Hills AVA (both inside the Columbia Valley AVA) and the Columbia Valley AVA of Washington State. Columbia Crest is owned by Chateau Ste Michelle, which is the largest wine producer in Washington(other…

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Oct 01 2014

Layer Cake Central Coast Chardonnay 2012

Layer Cake Central Coast Chardonnay 2012

layercake_chard_2012The Layer Cake Central Coast Chardonnay 2012 is sourced from vineyards in Monterey (south of San Francisco) and Santa Barbara (just north of Los Angeles) in California. Even though northern California is cooler than southern California, both regions have similar climates due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean, cool breezes and morning fog. Layer Cake produces wine in 5 different countries, Shi…

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Sep 15 2014

Antxiola Hondarrabi 2012

Antxiola (pronounced ahn-cho-la)Antxiola Hondarrabi 2012 comes to us from the Errasti brothers, owners of Bodegas Zudugarai in Spain. It’s a Txakoli, a very dry, slightly-sparkling, hard-to-pronounce white wine (it’s pronounced chock-o-lee) made with the Hondarrabi grape. Antxiola Hondarrabi 2012 is made with both types of Hondarrabi – 90% Zuri (Basque for white) and 10% Beltza (Basque for black).

The Errastis grow the…

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Sep 11 2014

Cederberg Bukettraube 2012

Cederberg Bukettraube 2012I had a meeting at one of my favorite Chicago wine bars recently – BIN36 – and I wanted something “outside the box” – not my usual reds or whites or sparklings or rosés. I said “bring me something weird”!  Enoch Shully, BIN36’s beverage guru, did not disappoint. He brought me something from his native South Africa – a 100% Bukettraubefrom Cederberg. Bukettraube! That’s the grape. Of German origin…

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Sep 07 2014

La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2013

La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2013

cheap-wine-lavieilleferme-articleFrom the old farm-house (La Vieille Ferme) to your table comes this rose-colored, almost neon pink dry rosé from Jean Pierre and François Perrin (of the “5 generations of winemaking” Famille Perrin) – the La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2013.

The nose is farm stand raspberries. Expecting a sweet sip? Nope – dry! Opening up with juicy raspberry and plump ripe cherries, the nice medium body carries you to a…

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Sep 03 2014

Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013

Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013

2013 Miraval Côtes de Provence RoséYes, another celebrity wine! Everyone from Lady Gaga and Fergie to Drew Barrymore and AC/DC has their own wine these days. Most wine drinkers are a little skeptical of wines that are produced with a celebrity’s name attached to them. And rightfully so when the association is just that – name only.

Now it’s Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s turn, right? Well I’m here to tell ya, this is clearly not…

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Aug 27 2014

Lindeman’s Bin 80 Cabernet Merlot 2013

Lindeman’s Bin 80 Cabernet Merlot 2013

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53593The Lindeman’s Bin 80 Cabernet Merlot 2013 is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot sourced from multiple vineyards in Southeastern Australia. Southeastern Australia is a huge area encompassing 3 Australian States that have diverse climates and growing conditions, it is the equivalent to seeing Califor…

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