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    Bargain Wine: Sonoma Vineyards

    by  • October 2, 2008 • All Posts, Bargain Wines • 0 Comments

    Sonoma Vineyards is a relatively new line of wines produced by the folks at Rodney Strong Vineyards. Despite the generic name (which seems designed to ensure that useful search engine results practically never appear, including my “Locate this wine” links…), these wines are far from ordinary. With a suggested retail price of just fifteen bucks a...

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    Bargain Wine: Estancia Shiraz

    by  • September 30, 2008 • All Posts, Bargain Wines • 0 Comments

    I’ve been on some kind of lucky streak lately with inexpensive wines that have pleasantly surprised me, and the Estancia 2005 Shiraz Central Coast ($13) is a perfect example. With its concentrated black currant and blackberry fruit that offers hints of smoky cedar and earth on the complex finish, this is not only good for...

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    Bargain Wine: Another Sterling Vintner’s Collection Winner!

    by  • September 29, 2008 • All Posts, Bargain Wines • 0 Comments

    I recently featured the Sterling Vintner’s Collection Sauvignon Blanc here, now it’s time for the Pinot Noir. Offering surprising balance at this price point, the Sterling 2006 Pinot Noir Central Coast Vintner’s Collection ($13) is silky smooth, with pretty black cherry and currant flavors laced with herbal notes and a hint of spice on the...

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    Bargain Wine: Washington State Syrah

    by  • August 26, 2008 • All Posts, Bargain Wines • 0 Comments

    (Originally published February 2005) Well, the subject of this article was supposed to be California Syrah and Shiraz under $15. Unfortunately, after a rather dreadful tasting which included lots of notes like “simple,” “flabby,” and “candied,” a change in direction was required! (Sorry, just had to vent – how completely disappointing!) So now, instead,...

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