• Random Rants & Raves

    Trenza 2008 Tinto

    by  • February 6, 2012 • All Posts, Random Rants & Raves • 0 Comments

    To be perfectly honest, when I see a traditional European winemaking term on a California wine label, I tend to get a little nervous. And I’m not talking about the ones that I think are just plain misleading, like the continued use of the word “Champagne” on sparkling wine that doesn’t actually come from Champagne. I mean...

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    Weekly Wine Pick: Antonin Guyon 2008 Beaune Clos de la Chaume Gaufriot

    by  • September 30, 2011 • All Posts, Random Rants & Raves, Weekly Wine Pick • 0 Comments

    I absolutely fell in love with this wine a couple of months ago, and I just keep finding excuses to pick up additional bottles. Someone needs to stop me… Antonin Guyon 2008 Beaune Close de la Chaume Gaufriot ($45). Really lovely, with layers of polished aromas and flavors — black raspberry, wild strawberry, delicate...

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    A Lovely (and affordable!) Barolo

    by  • September 27, 2011 • All Posts, Random Rants & Raves • 0 Comments

    If you think all Barolo is priced way out of your reach, check out this $40 bottle. It’s absolutely lovely, relatively available, and shows all the delicacy and nuance of a Barolo twice its price. Piazzo Armando 2005 Barolo ($40). Layers of aromatic, concentrated sour cherry, rose petal, light baking spice, a touch of tar...

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    Nice…

    by  • September 12, 2011 • All Posts, Random Rants & Raves • 0 Comments

    To publicly thank the heroes and commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, State Farm chose award-winning director Spike Lee to film a touching tribute honoring the first responders. Shot in documentary style, the tribute features New York City school children singing Empire State of Mind (Part II) to FDNY firefighters. The students’ touching and...

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    One for the cellar…

    by  • August 3, 2011 • All Posts, Random Rants & Raves • 0 Comments

    Whether you’re thinking of starting a wine collection or simply adding to a cellar stash, you won’t go wrong with this powerful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley’s Shafer Vineyards. It’s just a baby now, so give it time to develop the complexity and layers that will make it well worth its pricetag. Enjoy! Shafer...

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