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Argentina, Cabernet & Malbec blend, Trivento, Reserve, Mendoza, 2016

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N/ Black cherry, cassis, and plum skins. Balsa wood, minerals, and somewhat surprising Port notes. Cracked granite, oyster shells, and light game. Complex and interesting. T/ Medium full to full mouth feel. Truly elegant for this price point. Lovely acidity on the front leads to a restrained payload of dark, brooding, fruits with plum, cassis, […]

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Spain, Albariño, Nora, Rías Baixas, 2015

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N/ Fresh hay, gun barrel, chamomile tea, freshly cracked flint, oregano, unripe green apples, pears, and seaspray. Surprisingly complex and lively, especially for the price point. T/ Medium mouth feel. Dancing acidity. Chamomile tea with lime juice. Grapefruit smeared on granite. Notes of saline. Screams for lobster in butter, oysters, or other shellfish. Very refreshing. […]

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France, Red Blend, Bila-Haut, Michael Chapoutier, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Roussillon, 2016

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N/ Plum skins, damp old wood, wet river stones, black and purple fruits, tobacco, and faint oyster shells. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Black and purple fruit flavors with slightly grainy tannins. Soil and flint notes. Extended fruit and earth finish. https://www.chapoutier.com Price = $12-$18 T = B- N = B- I = B / […]

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Australia, Shiraz, Two Hands, Gnarly Dudes, Barossa Valley, 2016

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C/ Amazingly deep tones of black light neon purple. N/ Massive black and purple fruit aromas. Wild game, eucalyptus, wild herbs, BBQ, crushed oyster shells and rocks. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Purple and black fruits with a dusting of paprika. Chocolate and maduro tobacco notes are framed by organic soil flavors… complemented by some […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Hess Collection, Allomi, Napa Valley, California, 2015

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After opening, let her breathe for a good hour or two before enjoying. N/ Deep notes of cassis, blueberries, black cherries, and organic soils. Nice… but she has a slight distraction by a hint of rubber. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Juicy black, blue and plummy fruits framed by a decent acidity and a […]

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Italy, Glera, Prosecco, Bellenda, Valdobbiadene, Miraval, Prosecco Superiore, 2015

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N/ Green apple slices, hay, honeydew melon, cotton candy, and sweet herbal notes. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Soft, very ripe, apple notes with light citrus, lightly candied citrus, and melon. www.prosecco.it Price = $10-$15 N = B T = B+ I = B Overall = B This wine was a media simple generously provided by the […]

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USA, Riesling, Snoqualmie, Winemaker’s Select, Columbia Valley, Washington State, 2015

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A white blend of 94% riesling and 6% viognier. N/ Green apple, chamomile, fresh hay, lime juice, crushed basil, wafts of vaseline/petrol and light touches of saline and chlorine. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Thick white pear juice, tropical fruits, and a touch of honeysuckle tart. Extended finish of pear, green apple, and candied ginger. Too much […]

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USA, Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, The Hess Collection, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, California, 2014

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Red blend of 81% cabernet sauvignon,16% malbec, and 3% petite verdot C/ Squid inky bloody beet juice. Impressive – and I can’t explain how a color can be this, but it is seductive. N/ The smell of freshly printed money – i.e. big wafts of oak. Big ones. Barrel room dampness at it most alluring. […]

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Chile, Sparkling Wine, Brut Rose, Valdivieso, Valle de Casablanca y Bío Bío

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Sparkling (Charmat method) of 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir. N/ Rhubarb, raspberries, mixed berries, crushed rocks, and hints of oxidation/port aromas. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice acid pop with red berry flavors mixed with a light touch of lime. Tannins do play but they do not bite too deeply. Slight mineral close. Winemaker = Bret […]

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Simple Homemade Pesto

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Ingredients: pine nuts, garlic, basil leaves, olive oil, and salt. 1) Cut off ends of garlic 2) Grind garlic cloves and pine nuts 3) Add pinch of salt (to taste) 4) Grind some more 5) Add olive oil 6) Grind some more 7) Top off with lots more olive oil 8) Let sit for at […]

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Spain, Garnacha, Rosé, Paniza, Cariñena, 2015

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N/ Strawberries, crushed rocks, hay, wild herbs, orange rind, and light wafts of Grand Marnier. Interesting and unexpected. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Strawberries and cream. Cranberries. Clean lines of minerals on an extended close for a rosé. http://www.bodegaspaniza.com/en/ N = A/A- T = B+ I = B+ Overall = B+ Also see… http://www.nextgreatgrape.com/ From […]

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France, Rose, Ferraton Père & Fils, Samorëns, Côtes du Rhône, 2016

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N/ Saline and sea-spray, cotton candy, crushed oyster shells, lime zest, basil, tarragon, and honeysuckle. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Lime coated jolly rancher strawberry candy, a lick of granite (and if somehow you’ve never licked any rocks you need too, trust me), a hint of slate, and a close of ripe cranberry. Delightfully complex […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, White PInot Noir, Left Coast Cellars, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2016

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N/ A bit subtle. Light cherry. Sun bleached rocks. Straw. Chamomile. Salt. T/ Medium to medium plus mouthfeel. Surprisingly fatty in the mouth. Cherry, strawberry, and canned pear juice. Shortish finish. I think I liked previous vintages much more than this bottling. Price = $24 http://leftcoastcellars.com/ N = B- T = B- I = B […]

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Spain, Red Blend, Tempranillo, Cabernet, and Syrah, Abadía Retuerta, Selección Especial, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, Sardón de Duero, Duero, 2013

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Red blend of: 75% tempranillo, 15% cabernet sauvignon, 10% syrah and other red varieties such as merlot and petit verdot. C/ Squid ink, blood, and beet juice. Awesome. N/ A dark, lurid tarn (which, I love the smell of by the way). Deep mature oak notes, massive black and purple fruits, wafts of country sage […]

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Argentina, Torrontés, Kaiken, Terroir Series, Salta, Cafayate Valley, 2016

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N/ Yellow and green grasses, white flowers, geraniums, fresh rain, gooseberries, sun bleached river rocks, and a light hint of chlorine. Delightful. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Bright lime, honeysuckle and liquid flower notes. Steeped hay and chamomile. Clean mineral and flint lines. More focused and linear than most torrontés I’ve had. In a very good way. […]

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Italy, Glera, Prosecco, Frassinelli, Valdobbiadene, Brut, Prosecco Superiore, 2015

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N/ Honeydew and cataloupe melon, hay, river rocks and damp soil. T/ light mouthfeel. Lively effervescence. She starts with lime zested over melon slices. Followed by light peach notes and a close of river rocks. Very nice. www.prosecco.it Price = ~$15 N = B T = A / A- I = A- Overall = A- […]

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Italy, Glera, Prosecco, Gustino B, Ruggeri, Valdobbiadene, Prosecco Superiore, 2015

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N/ Lime zested over river rocks. Seaspray. Nice but a bit too subtle. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Tart green apple, lime juice, crushed granite and oyster shells. Delightful, refreshing, no faults but not complex enough. www.prosecco.it Price = $25-$30 http://www.ruggeri.it/our-wines/giustino-b/?lang=en N = B- T = B I = B Overall = B This wine was a […]

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Italy, Glera, Prosecco, G&G, Valdobbiadene, Prosecco Superiore, Millesimato, 2015

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N/ Pear juice, toast, fresh oyster shells, and sun bleached dirt. Delightful. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Thankfully quite dry. Citrus, lime, and white pear. Acid kissed, crushed granite close. Really enjoyed this. Crowd-pleaser for wine nerds as well as those that believe they need a lot of residual sugar in their sparkling – they […]

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New Zealand, Rose, Villa Maria, Private Bin, Hawkes Bay, 2016

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N/ Steamed hay, bing cherry, jolly rancher candy, oyster shells, beach spray. Fresh wafts off a tidepool in a very pleasant way. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean lines of cherry, strawberry, and ripe cranberry. Nice mineral finish with a kiss of lime zest to trigger a mouthwatering good bye. Lovely. http://www.villamaria.co.nz/ Price = $15 N = […]

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USA, Pinot Gris, Left Coast, The Orchard, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2016

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N/ Salt and sunshine. Hay. Spice and light smoke. Seaspray. Grapefruit zest. Chamomile and more chamomile. Basil and oregano. River rocks. The spice/herbal notes were a pleasant surprise. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Chamomile tea. Pear, grapefruit, and honeysuckle. Malt, spice, and flint finish. http://leftcoastcellars.com/ Price = $18 N = A T = A- I = […]

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