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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon dominated), High Roller, JAQK Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2007

Red Blend of: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Note: I see a staggering number of wine bottles each year.  This powerful presentation, with authentic poker chip bolted right on, was among the coolest bottles I’ve seen in a long while. N/ I was expecting more French oak presence. […]

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New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Mt. Beautiful, Teece Family Vineyards, North Canterbury, 2009

N/ Warm hay. Sharp, green grasses. Medium-strong cat urine. Austere fruits. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Warm, but angular, tropicals and grapefruits. Salty at the beginning, but that tamed after 15 mins. Striaghtfoward and no mistaking for anything other than Sauvignon Blanc. Price = $20 Very Good. 87 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by […]

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USA, Cabernet Franc, “Lydian”, Lorimer, Temecula, 2008

Note: I wish more pure varietal Cab Francs were made in the US.  Thank you Lorimar – for making a very nice effort with this one…. N/ Smoked plums. Light candy. Crushed granite. Gunpowder. Black pepper. Faint vinyl. T/ Full mouthfeel. Massive, medium ripe plums. Light cherries. Black soil. Tobacco juice. Full oaks. Retail = […]

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Spain, Red Blend, Bodegas Castano, Solanera, Vinas Viejas, Yecla, 2005

Red blend of 65% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Tintorera. Suggestion: Decant and let breathe at least one, preferably two or more, hours. N/ Black pepper bomb. Old, wet oak. Granite. Slight port. Dry gunnysack. T/ Medium mouthfeel. High acid for a red. Dried cassis. Plum liqueur. Tobacco juice. Sharp woods. Slight chocolate. Retail […]

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France, Rhone Blend, Domaine La Roquete, 2003

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N/ Round earth. Sun-dried cherries. Light chlorine. T/ Medium mouthfeel.  Oxidized, but still sweet cherry syrup. Slightly medicinal. Retail $17-$19. Very Good. 87

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USA, Syrah, Middleridge, 2006

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N/ Stale black cherry water. Wet, old, burlap. Candy. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Light plum.  Scorched cherry. Pepper. Earth.  Lacking some structure. Note: $28 retail. Very Good. 87

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Argentine Beers

Quilmes – the Coors Light of Argentina.  Therefore, perhaps not surprisingly she accounts for 75% of the domestic beer market.  Popularity guaranteed by massive sponsorship of the national football team. When I asked a colorful cab driver what his favorite beer was, and if he liked Quilmes, he said, and I quote, “Quilmes, no way, […]

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