Wine Life

Aug 19 2014

Vertical Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Vertical Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

VerticalRun-article-cheap-wineThis uncommon California Cab from Paso Robles (via our buds at Vinejoy) is the concept of Andrew from Field Recordings (Fiction, Wonderwall, Almanac) and Curt from Sans Liege (Offering, Groundwork) – two Central Coast winemakers known for their distinctive wines that are full of characterand packaged with labels adorned with works of art (Cuban-American-Chicagoan Veronica Corzo-Duchardt in this…

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Aug 16 2014

Sola Lodi Syrah 2012

Sola Lodi Syrah 2012

2012_sola_lodi_syrahThe Sola Lodi Syrah 2012 is produced by Sola Winery, a small Napa winery that purchases premium grapes from various California AVA’s. Their stated mission is to be “the best value wine on the West coast.” They keep their overhead low and their costs down and these small production, boutique wines are priced lower than your typical low volume wine. The list price for the Sola Syrah is $24, but I…

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Aug 11 2014

Stellenryck Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Stellenryck Sauvignon Blanc 2013

stellenryck_sauv_blancThe Stellenryck Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Stellenbosch region of the Western Cape of South Africa. Stellenryck is one of Die Bergkelder (The Mountain cellar), a winery/co-op founded in 1968, other labels include Two Oceans and Fleur du Cap. At one time, the Stelle…

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Jul 29 2014

Skinnygirl Sweet’arita

Skinnygirl Sweet’arita

skinnygirl_sweet'aritaThe Skinnygirl Sweet’arita is made from blue agave silver Tequila, Triple Sec, natural flavors and a dash of agave nectar for sweetness. There are two basic types of Tequila, Blue Agave and Mixto, the Blue Agave is derived 100% from the blue agave plant and Mixto (the label will just say Tequila with no reference to blue agave) is at least 51% blue agave with sugars (usually cane sugar) added in.

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Jul 27 2014

Torres Verdeo 2013

Torres_verdeo_2013The Torres Verdeo 2013 is 100% Verdejo sourced from vineyards in the Rueda DO of Castilla-La Mancha on the west side of central Spain. The brand is Verdeo and the grape is Verdejo which is slightly confusing. Verdejo is the indigenous grape of the Rueda region, they have had Verdejo vineyards in Rueda for 1,000 years.

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Jul 24 2014

Skinnygirl Sparkling Margarita

skinnygirl_sparkling_margaritaThe Skinnygirl Sparkling Margarita made with Blue Agave Silver Tequila (when you see Blue Agave on the label that indicates that it is 100% Blue Agave and not mixed with cane sugar and Silver means this is non-aged, young, natural Tequila), along with Triple Sec, flavors, sweeteners and some…

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Jul 22 2014

Renwood Amador County Zinfandel 2011

Renwood Amador County Zinfandel 2011

renwood_old_vine_zinThe Renwood Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2011 is 90% Zinfandel, 5% Primitivo (an Italian twin of the Zinfandel grape), 3% Syrah and 2% Barbera sourced from Renwood Estate vineyards and other old vine vineyards in Amador County. Amador County is located east of the Lodi AVA in the Shenandoah Valley of Northern California. Amador County has a long history of winemaking and 100 year old Zinfandel

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Jul 20 2014

Coppola Director’s Sonoma Chardonnay 2012

Coppola Director’s Sonoma Chardonnay 2012

coppola_directors_sonoma_chardonnayThe Coppola Director’s Sonoma County Chardonnay 2012 is sourced from vineyards located in several of Sonoma’s 16 sub-AVA’s. There are two Director’s Chardonnay, this one, sourced from all over Sonoma County and another sourced from a single AVA, the Sonoma Coast. The Sonoma County Chard lists for

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Jul 17 2014

Coppola Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Coppola Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013

coppola-Diamond_sauvblancThe Coppola Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is 90.6% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Chardonnay and 3.5% Semillon (Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are the White wine blend of Bordeaux) sourced from vineyards in the Alexander Valley AVA and Sonoma County AVA, both sub-AVA’s of the Sonoma County AVA and the Lake…

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Jul 14 2014

Restivo Silver Series Torrontes 2013

Restivo Silver Series Torrontes 2013

restivo_silver_TorrontesThe Restivo Silver Series Torrontes 2013 is sourced from grapes grown in vineyards near the town of Barrancas in the Maipu district of Mendoza in Argentina. Torrontes is THE White grape of Argentina and it is grown only in Argentina. Mendoza is located in the foothills of the Andes Mountainsand its vineyards…

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